Karen Jenkins of Our Spirit and Soul creates photographic greeting cards and note cards.

Tell us a bit about what you make.

Our Spirit and Soul, LLC, designs vibrant and uplifting fine art photography greeting cards and note-cards that reflect a passion for art, bold colors and beauty. I see beauty in the ordinary, and empowering image of simplicity. My designs reflect a love of nature, sunshine, flowers, and children. My note cards are photography based reflecting the local Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky scenes.

How and when did you get started?

I began card designing in April of 2003. But, my journey into starting my company, Our Spirit and Soul, began many years ago, when I learned to use writing and the visual arts as vehicles for exploring, healing and understanding life’s experiences.

Writing journals, poetry and letters (some mailed and some not) became therapy for me. Other times, I simply loved writing a note inside of a birthday card I sent, or a note to say hello, thank you or an essay of creative, self-expression. Words of encouragement, and inspiration through greeting cards were a part of my growing up, as my mother was a giver of beautiful and personable greeting cards. The pretty imagery and endearing messages became keepsakes and a means to lift my spirits, to help me through the tough times, and inspire me to dream. As a result, I discovered the impact that writing and the visual arts had on my spirit and soul, thus the name.

What do you like about Second Sunday?

I love the energy, fun and casual atmosphere of the street fair. I also love meeting and talking to other artists and the people who come out to the fair.

What are your future plans for Our Spirit and Soul?

I am currently working on getting my cards into local boutiques.

Where can people find Our Spirit and Soul now?

Currently, my cards can be purchased in the Cincinnati Public Library gift shop, The Box Place on Colerain, and soon at Eula, a boutique in Silverton.

View Karen’s designs on Facebook.