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ELIZABETH PEMBROKE
Co-founder and Creative Director

After studying abroad at the University of Barcelona and graduating from the University of Kansas with two Bachelor of Science degrees – Journalism and Radio Television Film with a minor in Spanish, Pembroke attended the Kansas City Art Institute. Her career began as Senior Art Director at Hallmark’s corporate headquarters for the Shoebox division where she worked over 10 years. Pembroke managed the creative development and product teams for the Shoebox card and gift line totaling $100+ million dollars in annual sales. She also led the creative on the launch of Hallmark’s first web site and one of the first e-commerce web sites in existence.

Pembroke’s accomplishments also include art directing the gift line to complement the first Harry Potter book series for Warner Brothers and Hallmark, designing packaging for Hasbro and countless product lines exclusively for Target, Walmart, Costco, Macy’s and many other retailers. In creating these designs, Elizabeth has traveled worldwide in search of inspiration, one-of-a-kind concepts, manufacturing processes and design approvals. Pembroke has extensive knowledge in brand management, marketing, product development, consumer research and strategic planning.

RICHARD PEMBROKE
Co-founder and  Design Director

Featured designer and illustrator, Richard Pembroke, began his life as an artist in his early teens. Rich’s natural talent led him to paint vibrant landscapes and elements from nature, inspired from the beauty and splendor of growing up in Utah and Montana.

Rich received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Utah, but then followed his dream of becoming an artist. He graduated, with distinction, from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a degree in illustration.

After gaining experience as a freelancer in Los Angeles, Rich was discovered by Hallmark Cards, where he was an illustrator in the Greeting Card Division for nine years.

Now as the Design Director at Pembroke Studios, Rich uses his expertise of design software and his extensive background in illustration to produce outstanding design solutions including master skills in map design, photography retouching and the unique ability to draw many styles of illustration.