Carissa Potter started out making greeting cards to serve as conversation starters for difficult conversations. She’s concerned and curious about the human condition –– the deep sadness, the surprise joy, the relationship muddiness, the everyday occurrences that make our days bright and dark. Carissa and her team, also known as ‘People I’ve Loved,’ run a popular site, have published books, and make goods in search of truths that connect us all. On today’s episode, Carissa shares her journey, her struggles, and how she came to become ‘People I’ve Loved.’
Carissa Potter lives and works in Oakland, California. Her prints and small-scale objects reflect her hopeless romanticism through their investigations into public and private intimacy.
Speaking both humorously and poignantly to the human condition, Carissa’s work touches chords we all can relate to – exploring situations we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives and conveying messages we simply long to hear.
Carissa received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. Carissa Potter is a founding member of Colpa Press and founder of People I’ve Loved. Since 2010, she has been an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, where she has taught letterpress.
Carissa has worked with the ICA in Boston, BAM/PFA, SFMOMA, De Young Museum, CCA, The Body Shop, Anthropologie, The Color Factory, Facebook, Pinterest to name a few. People I’ve Loved has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Create Magazine, New York Times, The Lily, Cup of Jo, Teen Vogue, Real Simple, Happinez Magazine and more.
She has also served as a mentor in Southern Exposure’s One-on-One Mentorship Program. Carissa finished her first book with Chronicle books in 2015 titled “I like you, I love you.” in 2016, Carissa was an artist in residence at Facebook. She is working on being a better listener and her second book, titled “It’s Okay to Feel Things Deeply” is available now.