Meet CharmCat!

Four years ago, Ashleigh Pritchard founded CharmCat, hand-painted wedding invitations. Each item that leaves the studio is handcrafted by Ashleigh – and GORGEOUS! This lady is talented! Her painting is just beautiful. We know she’s going to come up with something crazy-cool for our Couples Social on 2/21/16 at 501 Union in Brooklyn! Keep reading for some fun info and lovely images of CharmCat’s work!

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CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award, CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

When did you decide you wanted to open your own company?

I studied graphic design and painting in college, but when I graduated I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I went to grad school at Stony Brook for creative writing which sounds like a detour, but I wouldn’t be here without it! I met lots of people who were also artists and didn’t quite fit with “corporate” culture and that nurtured my desire to start freelancing. I took a part-time job doing graphic design for a local company while I started my Etsy shop on the side. That part-time job, going in to an office at 9am and reporting to other people, just confirmed how much I wanted to work for myself! I love being in charge of my creative direction (and my own hours!). Going to grad school can seem like a pretty big deal to so many people out there, and they are right, it is. Unfortunately, some won’t go because they don’t have the right finances to attend, researching on how to pay for grad school can help those who really want to go but aren’t sure where to start with getting there!

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

How did you come up with the name of your business?

I have two crazy cats who just *love* to jump on my lap while I’m working, or sleep on the keyboard, or swat at the screen. They keep me grounded with their silliness!

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about your business?

One thing that makes my business unique is that all of my designs are unique. I don’t buy stock images, but my painted designs are hand-painted in my home office with real paint and real paper. Another thing that makes my business unique is that I don’t have any attachment to wedding traditions. I mean, I know them all, but I don’t push them on clients, and I love working with the offbeat clients who want to do something truly personal with their wedding.

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

Is there anything you’d like our readers to know about you?

I’ve been married for three years. My husband is a paleontologist so we have dinosaurs all over the place in our apartment (in between the cats, of course). I’m a Phi Mu and proud! I have a strange sense of humor and Joss Whedon is my favorite script writer/director. I have two sleep disorders, including Delayed Sleep-Phase Syndrome, so I don’t respond to emails at 9am but I will respond to emails at 2am!

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

What is your favorite part about what you do?

Making people happy! I love when my clients are in love with their stationery.

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

Do you have a memory story related to your business?

One of my favorite custom pieces was also one of my biggest challenges. The design is drawn in Illustrator and then I sent it to my printer who quoted me, I invoiced the client, and it as all pretty normal. But, when it went to actually be printed, my printer discovered it wouldn’t fit in their foil machine! They ended up outsourcing the job I outsourced to them. In the end, they came out perfectly, on-time, and she loved them!

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

Do you have a favorite aspect of your business?

I love when I client says, “So I have this weird idea…” One of my mottos is: “Challenge Accepted!”

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,

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District Bliss Couples Social NY: Laidback Happy Hour + Wedding Inspiration

Brooklyn, NY | 501 Union | Sunday, February 21, 2016 | 12:00 to 4:00 PM

CharmCat, Watercolor, Brooklyn, Accent, Accented, Aisle, Alepin, Alternative, Amazing, Antique, Antlers, Arch, Art, Artist, Artistic, Artsy, Autumn, Autumnal, Award,