In a two-story converted historic building in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, you’ll find the eclectic home-slash-studio of Thimblepress® founder Kristen Ley. Art supplies abound. Treasured paintings adorn exposed-brick walls. Confetti is never far from reach. Each character-rich room is fully equipped for working, unwinding and colorful living—a testament to Kristen’s infectious passion, drive and instinct.
We invite you to take a tour of Kristen’s home (and the Thimblepress headquarters) below. Be sure to soak up her business-savvy suggestions as you click through—just like the Thimblepress collections, there are more than a few noteworthy gems!
Photography by b. mo foto
We’re longtime fans of Thimblepress here at Glitter Guide—but for readers who might be new to your brand, tell us how your design and letterpress business got started!
When I “started” Thimblepress (as a hobby!) in January 2012, I had no idea where it would take me—and I think that’s part of the beauty of it. I have completely relied on God to guide this business. I worked a full-time job at my former high school doing marketing and design for two years. I registered my business and got an LLC six months into my job at the school, but I wasn’t full-time with Thimblepress until June 2013. Needless to say, those two years of my life were extremely busy—but I loved every minute.
My background is in graphic design and marketing. I had a design firm in Charleston, South Carolina and Jackson, Mississippi (once I moved back) from 2007 to 2011. Having that experience in my back pocket made the initial setup and identity branding for Thimblepress a bit more of a breeze. Once I started doing craft shows across the country in 2012 (all while I still had my full-time job at the school), Thimblepress really began to take off. Craft shows are and will forever be my favorite because you are face-to-face with your customers. You hear stories, struggles, successes; you even see some tears. I love connecting with people. I finally came to a fork in the road—I couldn’t physically continue both jobs and perform at 100 percent at both. Eventually, after lots of prayer, I quit my full-time job to pursue Thimblepress. I moved my operations from my bedroom and half a garage to a sweet space in downtown Jackson.