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Meet Jesica Gloria Kim Park of Salt Paper Co. in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesica Gloria Kim Park.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jesica Gloria. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Argentina. When I was eleven years old, our family moved to California. I went to middle and high school in Diamond Bar and then went to Rhode Island for college. After graduating, I got a job as a graphic designer in Virginia and lived there for a year. I loved working for them but got really homesick, so my awesome boss allowed me to work remotely from California! I worked there for about four years but was sadly let go… not too many days before my wedding. The timing felt truly unfortunate, but I think it was a blessing in disguise since I had been itching to create something with my hands.

As I researched wedding stationery (for my wedding, of course) I began falling in love with that world. I kept thinking, “Wow! I want to make that!” and even after our wedding happened, I kept looking at wedding paper goods. My husband was very encouraging and suggested that I pursue this line of work. We sat together and brainstormed names, and he suggested “Salt Paper” (inspired by the bible, to be the salt and light of the world). I checked domains, Instagram handles, and officially started Salt Paper Co. in April 2018!

Honestly, Salt Paper Co. is such a culmination of all my experiences. All the Collection names are in Spanish (or Latin-based), and I’m always looking for ways to infuse different quirks of my cultures into my work. Salt Paper Co. is still learning, growing, and evolving… but we wouldn’t be here without everyone we’ve met on our path.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think one of THE BIGGEST challenges is pricing!! Oh, my goodness. There are so many people in the industry and so many price points. There were so many times I questioned my worth and value as a designer. All I wanted was to price my services fairly – for both myself and for independent stationers. There’s so much love, experience, and labor that goes into every piece. It’s still a challenge, but I think I’m slowly figuring it out!

Also, sustainability is huge challenge. We really don’t want to create wasteful things, and we really work hard to avoid using plastic in our packaging!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Salt Paper Co. is a wedding and daily paper goods company, and our goal is to provide beautiful, high quality and functional goods. We make sure every client feels loved and taken care of, and we will go the extra mile to make sure their experience is unparalleled.

What were you like growing up?
I was always making or drawing something. I used to take ceramics class in Argentina and would cry when it was time for me to leave. Even when our family went on vacation, I would always be drawing. If a tourist place had an art booth, I would be there… painting little sculptures or beading something. 🙂

I used to be really timid when I was young! I think I became super extroverted in high school and college, but I think I’ve mellowed out now… I am an ESFJ and a type 7 on the enneagram.

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Image Credit:
Etcetera Photo, Nathalie Cheng Photography, Kapsule Co., Salt Paper Co.

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