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Hi, we’re Joel and Ashley!

We love each other and we love to draw.

That’s been our story since 2004, when we met in a freshman drawing class in college and discovered during a fabric study that we share perfectionist tendencies and an off-kilter sense of humor. 

We pushed each other through an extended undergraduate program, finally walking across the stage as a married couple (hey, we got to sit next to each other at graduation!) with BFAs in Graphic Design from Shepherd University in 2009.

We co-founded the stationery and lifestyle brand This Paper Ship in 2008 from the spare bedroom in our apartment on German Street. In 2016 we sharpened TPS’s focus by branching off our freelance illustration into a separate studio.

We’ve had the blessing of a crazy variety of client work in the last 10 years: greeting cards, magazine and editorial spots, album covers, fun run t-shirts, annual reports for nonprofits, illustrated books, wedding invitations, personal commissions, and countless logos for small businesses like apps, bakeries, food trucks, photographers, and vintage shops.

We’ve gotten to work with our friends at Spoonflower on The Spoonflower Handbook, design a Target gift card, and have illustrated a running total of 18 books, most recently Peek-a-Bright Halloween for the lovely Cottage Door Press.

We celebrated our 10-year professional birthday on September 22, 2018. We never thought we would have been doing this full-time for this long, this early. That’s a huge blessing, because we’ve barely scratched the surface of our dreams.

Thanks for stopping by!

Select clients

Target, American Greetings, Cottage Door Press, Workman Publishing, Adobe, Nomadic Agency, Land of Nod, MailChimp, Art of Manliness, Design House Greetings for Trader Joe’s

Say hello!

E-mail us! We’d love to learn about your latest project ideas, answer questions about freelancing, or simply get a friendly greeting.

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Shop ’til you drop

We’ve licensed a handful of our illustrations on some awesome goods! Check it out at our Society6 shop.

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