ABOUT OH SQUIRREL
Hello! Welcome to Oh Squirrel, a modern stationery, party accessories and homewares studio run by me, Katie. I specialise in beautiful, personal, thoughtful products that champion positivity and kindness, and are sentimental without being saccharine. Or, as a loyal customer wonderfully described recently 'feel good, down to earth, a twist of 'fancy' without being wanky' - I am VERY happy with this description!
The foundation of Oh Squirrel has always been the joy that arises from sending something heartfelt through the post. One of my favourite feelings in the world is the one I get from surprising family and friends with things through the letterbox, so you can only imagine how much joy I get from sending them to you to do the same! This is also one of the reasons my handwriting is such a big part of Oh Squirrel collections: whether it’s a card to say hello or a print for your office wall, it makes them all the more personal and like they were created just for you.
Oh Squirrel originally started out selling greetings cards I’d made in my bedroom. I used materials I’d collected (or ‘squirreled’, if you will) from vintage fairs, car boot sales or just picked up on my travels. Fast forward a few years and Oh Squirrel is now run from a studio tucked away in North London, where I get to spend my time designing products, drinking lots of tea and making your orders. I continue to experiment with different products and mixed materials, such as my pressed flower postcards using British grown flowers; and I still stitch all banners on my sewing machine, and handwrite your personalisation to go on them.
One of the great things about being a small business is that I can trial new ideas in small batches, and this year I am excited to be working on more limited edition ‘edits’, where I can really let my creativity run wild.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work on some incredible projects, such as a pop up shop partnership with Instagram, and an event as part of Topshop’s Bridal collection launch. I’ve made Christmas cards that were sold in Fortnum and Mason, and won an award chosen whilst exhibiting at the Most Curious Wedding Fair, celebrating creativity within the wedding industry. One of the card ranges I designed was a finalist in the prestigious Henries awards, affectionally noted as the 'Oscars of the Greetings Card world'.
As well as still being able to find Oh Squirrel at selected maker’s markets and events, the brand is proudly stocked in independent shops all over the UK, as well as in Oliver Bonas stores nationwide and Fenwick. You may also have seen Oh Squirrel in The Independent, The Metro, Brides, Evening Standard, Emerald Street (now called Stylist Loves), Betty Magazine, Rock & Roll Bride, 91 Magazine, Simply Sewing, Mollie Makes, Modern Calligraphy Magazine, or Tatler, who included Oh Squirrel in their list of the best stationery shops in the UK’. (I’m still not over that, and don’t think I ever will be.)
Most products on the website are either handmade at Oh Squirrel HQ, or printed within UK based factories, who I work closely with to ensure the good quality within every product in the range. These relationships ensure that I can work as sustainably as possible, and allow me to use materials and processes that I’m not able to do myself at the studio. A big achievement for 2020 was moving all production of the award nominated glitter typography cards to be made using biodegradable glitter.
Although I’ve worked with some well known brands, I love keeping the business small, as getting to be the person who communicates directly with my customers means that I can always offer a particularly personal service.
Running this business allows me to do what I love for my job, and without the wonderful customer base I’ve built up over the years that wouldn’t be possible. I am grateful for every order placed on this website, as you allow Oh Squirrel to keep growing. Whether you’re here to buy a single card or deck out your entire home in wall hangings and prints, you’re very welcome here and I hope you find something which makes you smile.
A Thank You
The beautiful photography on this website is thanks to two incredible women I have had the privilege of working with multiple times over the years. Holly of Holly Booth Photography is responsible for product imagery on this website, and has been a joy to collaborate with on creative shoots over the years. The atmospheric studio shots and portraits are thanks to wonderful wedding and portrait photographer Lisa Jane. I am very grateful to them both for helping to bring Oh Squirrel products to life on the screen!