Today we're so excited to introduce you to Erin Niehenke of Fresh Cut Prints! With her portfolio ranging from art prints to custom wedding suits and a collection for Minted, Erin's work is a perfect blend of classic and modern. We love her use of watercolor and florals, her gorgeous custom illustrations and that every piece in her collection is both fresh and timeless.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU! My journey to get to where I am now – launching a wedding invitation collection on my site – has been a bit of an interesting one. I started out with a mechanical engineering degree from Grove City College. Although I always enjoyed the idea of engineering, the sitting-in-a-cube part didn’t always work for me. I’m sure I could have found a better job fit, but instead I ended up teaching high school science and math for a few years. Then my daughter was born and I ultimately ended up staying home with her. Somewhere during these transitions, I began a photography side business, which I still run on a limited basis. About 3 years ago I discovered Minted, and began submitting some designs to their challenges. I quickly realized I LOVED designing stationery and art, and began to really focus and learn through their challenge process. I’ve done well with Minted, but am very excited to also branch out into my own brand working directly with customers and being able to offer a unique product.
WHAT DOES FRESH CUT PRINTS OFFER? I specialize in wedding stationery with an emphasis on illustration. I enjoy the process of creating illustrations that are meaningful to a couple and their life – it’s great to be able to get to know a couple, see what their vision is, and execute it.
WHAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS UNIQUE? My business is unique because I can walk the couples through the stationery process and customize their experience along the way. My advice for couples is to really do their research and know their style. They may not have a perfect vision of what their stationery should look like – after all, that’s my job! – but to really know what styles they like is very helpful.
CHILDHOOD CAREER ASPIRATION? When I was young I really don’t remember having any specific career aspirations. I’ve always loved art, but I never thought I would make it a career. In high school I realized I really liked math and science, and engineering seemed like a good fit. I don’t regret the decision at all, even though I’m not working directly as an engineer now.
COFFEE OR TEA? My husband and I are both coffee AND tea snobs … we really like coffee, a lot, but we really like loose leaf tea, too.
HIDDEN TALENT? My only hidden talent is I used to be a pretty big band nerd (I play the flute).