– How long have you been together.
– How did you meet?
Jess: Our roles are constantly evolving. I started off managing all designs and production, with Karl handling logistics, shipping, and any issues that arose. As the business grew, Karl became more involved with designing cards – and for a long while he was the sole creative force behind theBird+theBeard, as my time was filled with production, marketing, and customer service. We’ve since fallen into a nice groove, with the design work more evenly distributed, as well as the more tedious tasks of sleeving cards and filing taxes.
– How do you build off each other’s strength’s?
Karl: We compliment each other well. We are able to be critical of one another’s work in a constructive way, without friction.
Jess: Karl can see the bigger picture. I might get caught up with a tiny design detail that halts the creative process, or a custom request might really be stressing me out, and Karl can help me step outside of the issue for clarity so I can keep moving forward.
– Name one thing you really like about your partner, in life or in work.
Karl: I like that Jess has the bravery to pursue her dreams and the courage to be her own woman.
Jess: I like the way Karl takes care of me. In life, he does the both the little things like washing the dishes, and the big things, like fixing the shower when (OMG!) the water won’t shut off. In work, it’s all the little things, like finding the best food to eat at a craft show and bringing me coffee!