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Hey there!

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I’m Shea Hignell, the hands and creative mind behind The Printed Pearl. I’d like to say it all began with what I thought was a bad habit. Instead of paying attention in lecture halls, I’d be doodling unique names, favorite quotes & song verses in my textbooks. Turns out all those hours of “dedication” lead me to an undiscovered passion and gift. And here I am living a dream I never knew I had.

Initially, I started making calligraphy prints and custom signs for friends and family. I knew there were possibilities to take it further, but just considered it just a pastime.  It wasn’t until coincidentally that year when I got engaged to my wonderful husband that I designed my whole wedding with welcome signs, seating charts, table numbers and accent signage. From that point on, I knew this was something I could do for others! And as everyone says... the rest was history.

 
 

SERVING CREATIVE LOVERS EVERYWHERE.

 
 

5 things you probably don’t know about me:

  1. I not only help my husband run a CrossFit gym, but I also compete! I’ve been to CrossFit Games Regionals four different times on a team and hope to make it as an individual one day. I even have my own coach and training protocol throughout the week. It’s almost like a part-time job! All in all, I love love love to workout.

  2. The obsession with pugs, mine in particular, started as a joke. My husband and I would send each other funny meme’s of pugs that said things like “I didn’t choose the the pug life, the pug life chose me.” And now we are 100% crazy pug people. Our wifi network name is “puglife”, we have numerous pug items in our household and we dress our lil’ guy up in costumes for the holidays.
  3. My love language is gifts. I think this is why a hand written ANYTHING brings me to my knees. A handwritten note, to me, is pure gold. And I believe that this is exactly the way I treat projects for my clients- like I’m giving them a perfectly designed gift.
  4. I have a sore spot for the topic of body image. It breaks my heart to even think about all the doubts in any beautiful woman’s mind. Because of this I try my best to use my platform to hopefully encourage and inspire others to find that genuine love for themselves. Whether it’s through a message on a t-shirt or a simple instagram post on a Tuesday, I pray I can influence just one person.
  5. I named my business after my grandmother Pearl. My grandma Pearl was the most gentle and loving person I had ever known. After she passed away, I wanted nothing more than to honor her through my success in life. With some research and further reflection on the word “pearl” I stumbled upon that aha! moment.
 

THE WORD “PEARL” HAS BECOME A METAPHOR FOR SOMETHING RARE, FINE, ADMIRABLE AND VALUABLE—WHICH IS EVERYTHING MY GRANDMOTHER WAS TO ME AND EVERYTHING I WANT MY CALLIGRAPHY TO BE TO OTHERS.