Card - Holding Space



This card. This card is for the people in your life who were there for you in small and large ways while you figured something out. You know the type of people whom you can connect with right away after you’ve been out of touch for awhile? The people who don’t hold it against you if you don’t return texts right away or show up to parties? The people who would answer their phone in the middle of the night if you called? These people hold space for you to be yourself, to work on things in your head. They wait for you because they know you are worth it. And you are. This card is for them.

This message of joy and gratitude is from a collection of cards by the wonderful illustrator, muralist & storyteller Barry Lee.

  • Blank inside
  • 4.25" x 5.5"
  • Printed in the USA on heavyweight matte stock
  • Comes with a matching kraft envelope
  • Comes in card sleeve derived from plant-based PLA that is certified compostable
About Barry Lee: "Barry Lee (they/them) is an illustrator, muralist & storyteller based in Atlanta, GA. Barry is a creative problem solver who tells meaningful stories using a cast of colorful characters and always a dash of mindfulness and intention. Growing up with a rare syndrome called Nager's Syndrome, they spent their time drawing constantly as a distraction from endless doctor’s appointments and surgeries. Barry turned that distraction as a child into a career as an adult, learning that “distraction” was a form of healing through creating art. Barry’s process is rooted in making sure that the work they put out is intentional, whether it’s doing extensive research for client projects or looking within their own intuition to create illustrations that resonate heavily with others’ experiences."



After a cancer diagnosis, founder, Emily McDowell, learned that sometimes people drift away simply because they don’t know what to say. She also learned that there wasn’t a huge supply of greeting cards available that spoke authentically to complex or nontraditional life experiences. So in 2012 she started writing and illustrating her own cards, reflecting her real, complicated life—like Valentines for people who are kinda ambiguously dating, Mother’s Day cards for people who aren’t technically your mom, and cards for seriously ill people who might find “get well” messages awkward at best.

At Em & Friends, they make cards and products for the relationships people really have and the lives we really lead: relationships and lives that are messy and beautiful, tricky and wonderful, and a whole bunch of everything else in between.