Paper Parasol Press was born in 2009, but started a few years prior at the start of a long distance relationship. What started as a correspondence between Chicago, Illinois and St. Pete, Florida, turned into a full time business. As fate would have it, Chicago became home. In 2012, Paper Parasol Press moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. We now call California our home, but we remained inspired by our Midwest roots and true to the colors and energy of the West Coast.
All cards are designed and printed in the USA.
Cindy Tomczyk is the owner, designer, and creative director of Paper Parasol Press. She has worked in the greeting card industry as both a designer and production artist since 2006. in 2014, she moved from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area and went full time with Paper Parasol Press, dragging her Vandercook #3 press in a Budget truck the entire 2,148 miles. The SF Bay is now home.
Cindy also works as a freelance visual designer and UX designer for startups, agencies, and home good companies. She loves seeing products through, whether it's illustrating an anniversary card and setting up the files for letterpress production, designing new products for Paper Parasol Press, or working on a user interface for an app. Solving design issues and creating fun products is her jam. She is also an amateur hiker and super amateur woodworker.
She is a fan of mid-century design, flea markets, and road trips. Her dream is to one day own a roadside attraction, build a tiki bar in her backyard, and become fluent in Spanish.
Bret is the associate creative director and designer. He has a strong illustration background and rocks photoshop textures. When he's not restoring his 1930's International truck or 1913 Craftsman Bungalow, he's running his successful home restoration company, Bungalow Modern. A jack of all trades and master of many skills, Paper Parasol Press is lucky to have him on the creative team.