The Story of Camp Smartypants
Camp Smartypants began in the summer of 2009 in a sunny backyard of Portland, Oregon. I had just moved home from Seattle to cultivate a dream that had been growing inside me since I was a young girl sleeping under the stars at Girl Scout camp.
After studying graphic design at The Art Institute of Seattle and working my first 'real' job, I found that I longed for the days when I went on adventures, made god's eyes and friendship bracelets, and laughed with my friends until my sides hurt.
I believe we are all young at heart and should hold onto our childlike innocence. We are never too old to climb a tree, invent a new language or imagine the impossible.
A line of colorful art, greeting cards and handmade goods, Camp Smartypants hopes to inspire you to rekindle those fun, magical memories. Laugh with your friends, explore new terrain and follow your heart.
My name is Rachel Beyer. I am an artist, graphic designer and creative maker based in Portland, Oregon. I love bright colors, nature, art and crafts from the 1960's-1970's, hand lettering, sunshine and daydreaming.
I use a combination of watercolor, acrylic, ink, and graphic design skills to create my art and greeting cards. I also love to sew, embroider, and tie-dye.
My personal heroes and sheroes are: Peter Max, Patti Smith, Maya Hayuk, Lynda Barry, and Frida Kahlo.
- I was a Girl Scout for eight years! And my mom was my troop leader.
- My sister and I have a massive American Girl Doll collection in my mom's attic.
- I played the alto saxophone for six years and have been known to bang on my brother’s drumset from time to time.
- I love swing dancing with my partner, James.
- I love tiki bars and kitsch culture.
- I can catch, cook, clean, crack and eat a crab (thanks Dad!)