Kilkenny is delighted to introduce JANDO’s bright and colourful framed prints in selected stores and online from Spring 2018. Founded in 2015 by husband and wife Julie and Owen McLoughlin, JANDO is a multi award-winning printmaking studio based in Smithfield, Dublin. We asked them a few questions about their journey so far and how the brand came about.
Tell us a little about how JANDO started:
JULIE: The foundations of Jando were laid when we decided to get married in Central Park, NYC. We wanted to create a suite of stationery that reflected our personalities but we couldn’t find what we were looking for so we created our own. This included a hardback book wedding invitation with over 40 pages outlining our story and how we met, profiles of all our guests and a secret compartment containing confetti, badges and luggage tags. On the book’s dust jacket, we added the words "A JANDO PUBLICATION" as a little joke between ourselves. Jando is an acronym for “Julie And Owen”.
OWEN: Not long after our wedding, Julie found a series of screenprints that I’d been working on in my spare time. She instantly fell in love with them and decided to approach several retailers who wanted to stock the entire collection straight away and we haven't looked back since.
The last 18 months have been hugely successful for Jando. We were crowned Overall Winners of the Irish Country Magazines “Irish Made Awards” as well as winning a Best Product award at Showcase for our Liberty Moon print. Julie was also shortlisted for an Image Business Woman of The Year award. We’ve collaborated with brands such as Jameson Irish Whiskey, Stonehenge and Battersea Power Station and we have lots of exciting projects and collaborations already lined up for 2018.
What does an average working day look like for you?
Julie: It varies. Right now, we’re busy preparing for our first US trade show which takes place at the end of the month in Washington DC. On a regular day our morning usually starts at 6am. We respond to emails and get working on online orders that come through during the night. We will always try to have any meetings before lunchtime so Owen can spend the rest of the afternoon working on new pieces in our Smithfield studio. It’s always a little manic before a trade show because we’re trying to figure out logistics, finalise stand details and sign off on the final pieces we’ll be showing. No two days are ever really the same at Jando but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love what we do.
What is the best advice you have been given in your careers to date?
OWEN: A few years ago Julie suggested showing some of our screenprints to several retailers in Dublin in the hopes of stocking our work there. I was terrified at the prospect of showing our work to a retailer and without hesitation I said “no, we’re not ready”. Then she asked me the following question - Who’s going to see an idea that sits in your portfolio or floats around your head? She was right! If it wasn ’t for Julie asking me that question, our screenprints would still be in a portfolio under our bed and we wouldn't be doing what we are doing today.
What advice would you have for young artists who want to launch their products but might not know where to start?
JULIE: Do not wait until tomorrow to start doing whatever you want to do - start doing it right now. The longer you procrastinate the longer it’s going to take you to get you where you want to go
OWEN: Setup a website + social media accounts, find a local or weekly artists market and get out there and meet your customers. Remember to ask yourself: Who’s going to see an idea that sits in your portfolio or floats around your head?