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Meet Stacey Patty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Patty.

Hi Stacey, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was a non-traditional student (aka old) when I decided to return to college to obtain my degree in Graphic Design from The University of Tennessee.

As a Fine Art major, I took several classes in printmaking, and screen printing stuck with me. It’s the instant gratification of ‘pulling a print’ and seeing the immediate results printed right in front of your eyes.

For almost 6 years, I have designed my own t-shirts. I began designing and printing shirts on a weekly basis at Studio 212 in Maryville, TN.

Since then, I have designed and printed hundreds of shirts with designs centered around local themes of hiking, the Great Smoky Mountains, lakes, rivers, fishing, Bigfoot, Tennessee, city-centric themes, and more. I went from printing at Studio 212 to printing at area craft shows, farmers’ markets, concerts, and other various venues.

Two years ago, my husband and I overhauled an old pop-up camper and made it into a mobile screen printing shop. I now travel around in a self-contained pop-up shop and print my designs all over from Lenoir City to Crossville, to Knoxville, and Cumberland Gap.

Out of my home-based studio, I am very fortunate that I also get to work with locally owned businesses and get design and print their shirts. Vienna Coffee Company, Two Doors Down, Brackins Blues Club, Bluetick Brewery, schools, builders, landscapers, tree services, and pool cleaners… just to name a few, have been amazing to work with as I help them promote their brand in a very visual way.

Being able to give back and donate my design time to the community that has embraced my work is also important and I have recently designed and printed shirts for ‘Citizens For Sustainable Growth’ in Maryville.

In 2020, I began offering a screen printing workshop experience through Airbnb. I love hosting people from all over the country at my home studio and experiencing screen printing for the first time in a unique setting. They get to choose from a wide variety of my designs to print onto shirts, hoodies, towels, or aprons that they bring with them.

I teach all aspects of screen printing from burning the image onto the screen all the way through to cure the ink onto their garment.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When starting both of my businesses, 865 Studio Shirts and 865 Studio Design, I was scared to death.

I was a single mother, had just graduated from UT, and was working for myself. Where would my next client come from? How could I promote myself? What should I charge? Will I be able to pay my bills? Am I making the right decision? Am I good enough? Will this work?

Turns out, the clients DID come. Website design clients, clients that needed designs for various reasons-business cards, brochures, menus, posters, banners, and t-shirts. Clients came slowly at first, then word of mouth spread, and clients kept coming.

I got married in 2019 and the support and encouragement from my husband have made a huge difference. Together we built the pop-up screen printing shop, remodeled our pool house into an amazing home studio, and the clients kept coming.

The maker’s markets, concerts, and festivals that I attend as a vendor allow me a platform to promote my business(s) and I am so very fortunate to have the support of my husband, son, and family in general. It has not been an easy or smooth road-not by far! But I believe in hard work, perseverance, good design, and an appreciative attitude!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a hardworking, detail-oriented, clean, and thoughtful designer.

I take immense pride in my work. I am a mother, and I try to be a good daughter, friend, partner, and co-worker. I believe in surrounding myself with people that are better, smarter, and more talented than I am to ensure that I will grow as a person, stretch my thinking, and keep inspiring my creativity.

I find inspiration throughout my daily life. I have a deep appreciation for amazing typography, graphic design, printmaking, painting, and nature. Wit and colloquialisms are prevalent throughout my designs.

What sets me apart is that I love the daily challenge of finding creative ways to combine the typography, design, illustration, and humor together in ways that customers appreciate. Lassoing the juxtaposition of modern and vintage design is not only challenging but enduring and sought after.

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking?
I think I touched on this earlier when I spoke about being scared to death, a single mother, newly graduated, and attempting to find clients.

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