Kick.Stand.Press: 100 Creatives

Kick.Stand.Press: 100 Creatives
Kick.Stand.Press founders Lauren Schuppe and Gilpin Matthews

Number 44: Kick.Stand.Press

City: Minneapolis, MN

Years spent living in MN:The current bout is 2.5 years

As anyone who has ever spent time watching HGTV knows, a good wallpaper job can make or break a room. Gilpin Matthews and Lauren Schuppe, co-founders of Kick.Stand.Press, specialize in making this happen. Together, they design and print their own wallpaper (if you've ever been to Pat's Tap at 35th and Nicollet, then you've seen their work). In addition to helping  make home and business spaces fab, the duo also take on other screen printing projects, putting their creative designs on T-shirts, packaging, party invitations, and more.

Together, along with artist Edie Overturf, they have also recently launched Leg Up Studios, a community space where folks can take classes, practice their skills, and even reserve the space for projects.

Name three things that are inspiring your work right now:

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Organic compound wallpaper

1. James Jean and his amazing drawings.

2. Winter!

3.Creating without a computer.

Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:

1. Traveling most definitely.

2. Surrealists

3.Motivation to do what we love as our day job! We have had some good examples.

What was your last big project?

Our last big job was a recreation of vintage wallpaper for Pat's Tap, a new gastro pub in south Minneapolis. We also did a spin-off boarder that was designed by us. And there's the creation of Leg Up Studio, a new cooperaitve print studio in Northeast.

What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?

We are very excited to be solidifying our home-goods line, as well as our wallpaper portfolio. There are a couple retailers locally and in Wisconsin that will be carrying our goods. Keep your eyes peeled!

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Pat's Tap wallpaper

Creative/career high point (so far)?

We've had many high points, but honestly it has been finding our new space in the Casket Arts building northeast Minneapolis. It is amazing how productive we can be when we have a solid, comfortable place to create, and know that we are not going anywhere for a long time. It's just the beginning and that is exciting.

What has been your biggest challenge as a creative type?

Staying organized for sure. Even more so since we opened our cooperative space, Leg Up Studio, with Edie Overturf, in addition to managing Kick.Stand.Press. Also, gathering equipment. Our trade requires alot of equipment in many different areas, so we are always on the prowl for gear.

How has the Minnesota scene changed since you began working here?

The winter is more mild. And everything seems more accessible. There are so many young entrepreneurs -- it's awesome! Everyone is just making it happen for themselves, and in turn making the community stronger.

What has been your most challenging job to date?

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Tea towels

The Pat's Tap wallpaper. Anytime you are creating an eight-color wallpaper there will be a few bumps in the road, but we are better because of it. Also, the challenge of organizing a collective space. There is so much planning and construction that goes into providing facilities.

Do you have a favorite Minnesota lake?

Yes, the most Superior of them all: Lake Superior. We spend most of our time on the Wisconsin side, but it is partially a Minnesota lake none-the-less.

Do you have a suggestion for someone whose work we should be checking out? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments.

Past creatives, so far:

100. Jennifer Davis
99. Sean Smuda
98. Chuck U
96. Amy Rice
95. Kara Hendershot

70. Tim Sievert
67. Dessa
66. Heidi Arneson
65. Erin Currie
64. Jayme Halbritter
63. Amy Buchanan
62. Kimberly Jurek
61. Kenna-Camara Cottman
60. Joan Vorderbruggen
59. Amber Preston
58. Jenny Carle
57. Mad King Thomas
56. George Moskal
55. Gregory Euclide
54. Stacy Schwartz
53. Joshua English Scrimshaw
52. Courtney McLean
50. Andy Sturdevant
49. Erika Backberg
47. Emily J. Snyder of Queen Quills Calligraphy
46. ROLU
45. Frank Gaard

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