Kara Cooper (she used to be a Smith) finds inspiration in illustrations, photographs, found objects, favourite things, a hint of Australiana and the nostalgia of the Blue Mountains to create fun and quirky greeting cards, tea towels, handmade calendars, original artworks and earrings for her Mount Vic and Me range.
Having worked on countless graphic-design projects for clients for over 20 years – and having worked in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Darwin and Alice Springs, Kara decided it was time to do her own thing. In 2013, she began designing a handful of greeting cards for her range in her little studio in the Blue Mountains. Her popular range has been picked up by numerous stockists throughout Australia and New Zealand.
If you are looking for her graphic design skills, Kara still works for many clients across Australia on a range of creative print, illustration and web solutions.
The designs are all created up high in the quaint little village of Mount Victoria, in the Blue Mountains and with all items printed in Australia. There is no machinery in site – everything is hand-collated and sent to customers and stockists by Kara herself.
Her Calendar Range has just been released in Winter 2017 with colourful illustrations and original artworks of native birds, chickens, dog breeds and Australian flora. She is proud to say her calendar range are all designed, printed and hand-collated in Mt Victoria and believes in the #shopsmallshoplocal ethic.
Kara used to work from her little studio but in October 2017, Mount Vic and Me grown into a fabulous studio showroom in a beautiful old 1893 store at 113a Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria. The photo above shows both little shops being the original petrol station at 113a and a Ladies Outfitter in 113b (soon to be another fabulous shop!).