The Red Knot is dumpy, grey, wading bird. Sounds inspiring hey?
Believe it or not, it is this migratory feathered friend that inspired the name Red Knot Design. Every year these tenacious little fellas make their way from breeding grounds in far away Siberia to the shores of Australia. Yes, Siberia. That’s over 10,000 km’s!
In 2006, two friends Cherie Mountney and Jodie Lewis were looking to establish a creative business that was agile, mobile and flexible – hence the adventuring bird.
Graphic designer Cherie was passionately entrenched in the not-for-profit sector, with a family on the way and a corporately entrenched husband who spent quite a bit of time overseas. Cherie and hubby Paul are born and bred Tasmanians with families both still in the Island State, so the need for work-life balance with a heavy emphasis on “life” became pretty important – when you’re about to add little people into the mix.
From her roots in the NFP sector, Cherie has designed and worn many hats for many awesome organisations over the years, along with helping countless small and medium businesses with their brand presence. Now, after years helping others move toward their dreams – the plunge has officially been taken! In 2020, Red Knot Design moved into the paper goods market – launching a range of eco friendly, Australian made greeting cards. Each design starts as pencil on paper, and an important part of our aesthetic is the evidence of the human in the creative process.
Jodie is a creative soul in her own right, with a zeal for life that inspires those around her. She is the one who makes things happen, keeps the wheels in motion and is a master of all things sensible and necessary. Customer connection, logistics, distribution, wholesale, social media – you name it she’s ALL over it.
As for those other birds (!!), well Red Knots are also social. They forage in large, dense flocks and fly in groups of thousands. Red Knot Design has been built on relationship – friends have become clients and clients friends. Our tribe is here in Melbourne, and we love to celebrate the special moments in life with them. It is our hope that you’ll feel part of the tribe too and that we journey together. It’s no fun doing stuff alone.
They’re also on the small side, these little sea loving travellers. And that’s the way we like it too. Red Knot Design is a boutique affair – our hand illustrated designs carry that personal touch, with a little whimsy and sometimes a lotta quirky. They’re proudly printed right here in Oz (sometimes even in divine little Tassie) and hand packaged with utmost care in our Melbourne studio. And so that we take the best care of all the creatures great and small, we try to minimise our environmental footprint. All our paper and envelope stocks are 100% recycled & carbon neutral and we use solar power where possible in our operations.
We hope you enjoy having a look around, thanks for stopping by! We’re always looking for new ways to delight and inspire, so sign up to our mailing list or follow along on the socials to keep up to date on the latest.
Cherie & Jodes xx