Monday, September 19, 2011

Scarlet Woman: Annemarie Buckley of Scout's Honor Co.

I am thrilled to introduce you to Scarlet Woman, a new series here on scarlet&sterling profiling women working in creative fields.  I am reclaiming the phrase "scarlet woman" and reinterpreting it to mean a woman who paves her own way, creates her own path, and expresses herself via a creative lifestyle.

The very first in the series is Annemarie Buckley, the uber-talented and gracious stationary designer behind Scout's Honor Co.  Based in Vermont, Buckley is actually a fellow Boston University alum (go Terriers!) -- making her a double scarlet woman.  (BU's school colors are scarlet and white.) 

Full name:
Annemarie Buckley


Childhood nickname:
Ree Ree (my little sister could only pronounce the last syllable of my name. It stuck!) 

When you were a kid you wanted to grow up to be:
In third grade, my teacher asked the class this question. I responded with "First Woman President." I know, a bit ambitious. I think I was frustrated that a woman had not accomplished that yet (still am!)

Media you work in:
Illustration + hand type created with ink, gouache, and watercolor. Scanned in and finished on the computer. 

Favorite designer/artist/writer:
There are so many, it's hard to keep track. A few of my faves at the moment: Roman + Williams (interiors), Jon Contino (hand-lettering), Tom Slaughter (painting + more), Dana Tanamachi (insane chalk lettering), Partners & Spade (sense of humor), Robert Motherwell (painting), and all of the brands + shops that are celebrating well-made, timeless products… A few are: Makr, Billykirk, Canoe, Hickorees Hard Goods, Unionmade Goods, and the classics: L.L. Bean, Woolrich… the list could go on forever. I also love fashion + design blogs, including Garance Dore which is filled with beautiful photos + fresh color (not to mention amazing hand type + illustrations).

Describe the path that led you here:
It's a long (but fun) one. I have been creating art my entire life, in one form or another. I went to Boston University in the College of Arts + Sciences… eventually took an "Intro to Graphic Design" course at the art school, fell in love. I somehow convinced the professors to let me into the major-only graphic design courses. I am beyond grateful that both the professors and students were so welcoming. I took a design course every semester from that point on, supplemented by design internships in Sydney (BU study aboard program) and Boston. In the midst of all of that, I discovered The Paper Source in Brookline, fell in love again. Saw my future in paper, design, and stationery. Wrote my senior thesis on paper art (no joke!). Fast forward one year after graduation, I ended up in Burlington, VT managing photography for Burton Snowboards. Really fun, creative environment. Stayed for 7 years but eventually my love of paper + stationery pulled me back and I left to start SH/Co. full-time. I am 6 months in and pinching myself that this is actually happening.

When do you feel most inspired:
Late at night. It's when I get into the "zone" and really start cranking. But being inspired in general happens all the time… I am constantly on the hunt. My blog has been really helpful as each day I get to come up with something that inspires me or find a new way to present a simple idea (it's really about the little things for me, i.e. an entire post about paper clips!).

How would you describe your style:
Love vintage, nautical, classic Americana… but also love fresh + modern. I try and combine the two sensibilities.

First thing you do when you get up in the morning:
The daily trifecta: cereal, iced tea, email.


Favorite room in your house (and why):
My studio (pictured above). It is on the 3rd floor of an old house, in a turret. It has five windows + tons of natural light. Sometimes, I feel like I work in a tree house, which is never a bad thing.

Biggest challenge you've faced with your career:
The dirty F word: Finances!!!

What brings you joy:
Dark chocolate. 

What's the thing you love most about your job/profession/trade/etc:
Being creative. Coming up with new ideas. Making something custom for each client that's really personal to them, whether it's their wedding invitation or an illustration of their home. 

How would you define a "scarlet woman":
Independent, ambitious, curious, creative, chooses potential failure over possible regret

*Studio mages courtesy of Scout's Honor Co., portrait by Dave Pfluger,

Have a suggestion for a Scarlet Woman?  Email me at ncammorata[at]


  1. Nicole! I just found your blog through Bianca -- it's fantastic! This feature idea is such a great one. :) Can't wait to read more!
    (-Steph Shore)

  2. Thanks so much Steph!! Hey I heard you got married -- congrats! :)

  3. i found Annemarie's blog a couple of months ago and have become smitten with her work. i loved learning more about her background and inspiration. love that she has been able to leave her day job to pursure her creative life. thanks for the feature, i look forward to more.

  4. nic, i adore this series idea! great job kicking it off with such fun questions and a beautiful collection of photos. keep it up :)


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