Paper, but not as you know it.
Paper for your presents: Darling Paper Co.
“I used to work as a corporate accountant.”
It’s not a sentence we expected to hear from Meghan Yap of new independent paper company, Darling Paper Co, but it makes the Darling story all the more interesting.
Meghan – an Adelaide local – launched Darling Paper Co on November 1 after resigning from her corporate job in the city.
“I love stationery and I have always wanted to do something creative,” she says. “I was painting quite a bit, and I thought I would just mash the two together: stationery and print.”
Named for the Darling Building on Franklin Street, Meghan says the Darling Paper Co reminds her of the transition between working in the corporate world and doing her own thing.
“When they redid the Darling Building I was in the middle of thinking about resigning, and thinking about doing this,” she says.
Almost half a year after it first occurred to her, the thought has materialised into a business.
Darling Paper Co. offers a suite of hand designed and locally printed note books, postcards, journals and prints, all of which are designed and painted by Meghan. She also offers a selection of “friends of paper”, including a neatly curated collection of pens, pencils, clips and rulers.
The stories behind each design come from Meghan’s travels.
“After I left work I went to New York for a couple of weeks, and a lot of inspiration for my first release came from my trip there,” she says.
That being said, CityMag has noticed a cheeky print featuring the Australian native flower, the King Protea.
While she’s currently dipping her toes into the markets scene (Meghan took Darling Paper Co to her first market, Bowerbird, just last month), she says that wholesaling – having her range stocked in little shops here and there – is the model for the near future.
“I can’t see myself having my own little shop yet, but, in the future, I would love to have a store in Adelaide and grow from there.”