meet kate of mission paper company
image via Hannah Ruth Photography
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
My name is Kate Geisert! I am a pediatric nurse living in Fort Worth, Texas. I am the owner of Mission Paper Company and still can’t believe people pay me to paint and letter on their stuff. It’s unreal. I am also currently in graduate school working on becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Needless to say, I am pretty busy (like everyone else on the planet). I have an awesome support system between my roommates, wonderful boyfriend, supportive friends and fam, and crazy golden retriever pup, George.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
I feel like I get to make a little of everything (which I love). I started with art prints and custom pieces… usually with watercolor art and some sort of calligraphy bible verse. I’ve gotten to branch out into greeting cards and wedding invitations. I’ve also done large custom paintings for people and have created custom signs, etc. I feel like I’ve written on just about anything you can think of with a sharpie.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS MAKER?
I was really into art in high school… but paused that life to go into nursing school at TCU (go frogs!). Throughout college I would make art pieces for my friends for gifts, etc. Some of my friends convinced me to open an Etsy shop. Fast-forward to a couple years post-grad, another sweet friend offered to help me open a website and help me develop a lot of ideas. Needless to say, I wouldn’t be anywhere without my friends who are the literal best.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
I wouldn’t say my products are the best. (I’m a great sales-person, huh?). All I am saying is that there is a huge community of crazy-talented artists and calligraphers. I think it is really cool how we all inspire each other and offer a unique style. I do my best to ensure the quality of everything I send out. And I truly pray over each piece. Since my pieces come in small batches, I will say that it’s easier to ensure they all get a little more TLC.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE
My workspace is just a little nook in my house. Right now it is half grad school textbooks and half paint and watercolor paper. It looks like a small bomb went off. But there is a coffee maker and great natural light... really what more can you ask for?
TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
Right now my products are exclusively on my website, missionpapercompany.com. I have done some small business markets in the past which are really fun! I plan to do more of those and more pop-ups when I’m post grad school.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born in California, grew up outside of Dallas, and went to college in Fort Worth. I’ve been in Fort Worth ever since! It’s the best.
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
Lots of exciting personal-life changes this year I’m really excited as my own personal art style develops and the new products I want to try out. Also they opened a new Torchy’s Tacos location in Fort Worth so I’m feeling pretty good about that.
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I feel really strongly that my next calling is the Olympic figure skating that I’ve been watching on TV. I’ve never actually tried ice-skating but I’m sure it’s not really that hard.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Coffee. Always coffee.
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Morning person 100%. I love getting up before anyone else with my coffee and my Bible and my pup and just having that time before the sun comes up.
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
Usually worship music. More specifically, Housefires, Elevation worship, and Cory Asbury.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
1. My business was first named “Well Marked” but whenever I said it people thought I was saying “Walmart”. So I changed it. Because I obviously named my business after the grocery store franchise. I mean…. worked for them.
2. I could probably survive off of only Cheetos.
3. My favorite TV shows are The Office and Parks and Rec. Also I get way too invested when I watch Chopped on the Food Network.
4. I am legitimately terrible at all sports. My 5’9” frame is a total waste.
5. I can fold myself to fit into a clothes dryer. Picture proof exists.