Bess Petty of Bird Vs. Bird Designs
Bird vs. Bird Designs, based in Oakland, California, is a one-gal operation from illustration, to graphic design, to product development, to production and sales.
Hatched in 2007, Bird vs. Bird quickly grew from an experimental handful of pouches and bags I made to sell at a local art gallery into an Etsy store and from there into a regular presence at Bay Area craft fairs and at stores around the country.
Bird vs. Bird Designs has been an Etsy Featured Seller, and has been mentioned in a variety of blogs and publications, including Dwell Magazine’s Friday Finds and the Oakland Museum of California’s Member Magazine.
All the bird, animal and botanical illustrations featured on Bird vs. Bird products are the original work of yours truly, Bess Petty, and reflect my life-long love for nature and birdwatching. I have chosen in particular to highlight many of the birds I have seen in my home territory of Northern California. I also hand-make all the products in my line, always with an eye to using recycled and salvaged materials where practical. Many signature items, such as my coin purses and stickers, are printed on materials saved from my day job in the commercial sign industry that would otherwise end up in the landfill.