I’m Jess, aka Magpie, and I’m so happy you’re here!

You may be wondering, who is this Magpie character?

Well, I’m an explorer, a designer, a photographer, a collector of shiny things, a lover of people and animals, a wife, a big sister, a chocolate addict, a giggler, and a klutz.  I believe peanut butter and bananas were made for one another.  I wear flip flops year round.  I hike.  I think the guy who invented bubble wrap was a mad genius.  I love to play in the kitchen.  (Ask me about my latest creation: chocolate chip bacon cookies!) I share studio space with my left-handed husband. I find inspiration in the handmade and in the patterns, colors and whimsy of vintage design.

In 2010, I left behind a decade of agency life & regular paychecks to start Magpie Paper Works, a hand-lettering, hand-printing & illustration studio nestled in the high corn of rural Illinois. If it’s fun, fulfilling and collaborative, I’m in.

My work has been featured in popular blogs and publications including Brides Magazine, Southern Weddings Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Once Wed, Snippet & Ink, 100 Layer Cake, Australian Wedding Style Guide, and more.

You can contact me (or hire me!) by sending an email. Don’t be shy — I’d love to chat!