Hello, bonjour, and g’day! My name is Amanda, and I’m an American expat living in Canberra, Australia, with my wonderful husband and our loyal Jack Russell Terrier. I’m also the creator, designer and maker behind La Pomme et la Pipe, where I specialize in handmade, environmentally-friendly wedding stationery. My shop name is inspired by my favorite paintings by René Magritte and my love for all things français.
Prior to moving to Australia, I spent two years living in Oxford, England; that’s where I started La Pomme et la Pipe. Before that, I was working in the commercial real estate industry in the US for more than 10 years, but longing to explore my creative side and start a business of my own. I always knew that I wanted to do something purposeful, unique, and unconventional — while also making use of recycled materials — but it wasn’t until I completed a custom order for wedding stationery that I knew I had found my calling.
One great thing about working in the wedding world is that every day is different; each morning, I’m up early checking messages to see what the day will bring. After that, I get busy setting up proofs for approval or processing orders. I especially enjoy working with clients to design custom pieces that represent their style and personality. Being able to create something bespoke that tells a personal story is extremely rewarding.
Selling on Etsy has given me the opportunity to reach clients all over the world, which is something I never thought possible. The Etsy community has a rich variety of astoundingly talented and creative individuals, and I am honored to be part of such an elite group. I take great pride in what I do, and I strive to make and deliver nothing but the best-quality stationery possible. Knowing that the unique one-off pieces I have created will be part of such a special moment in someone’s life fills me with joy every time I complete an order. This is a genuine passion for me, and my journey as a stationer has only just begun.
All photographs by Anton Kross.