About

Hello!  

Fomato is a card line based in Los Angeles.  The cards are written and drawn by Emmie Hsu and are sold in retail shops in the States, Canada, and a few other nice places.  

I grew up in Kansas and spent several summers in Taiwan, where I wandered through alleys, eating cheapo street food and petting stray dogs and scooters, and then going into stationery shops and rubbing my grimy hands all over their cards, stickers and papers.  I've always loved images & text, and the interesting items I found in those shops inspired me to start this line.  

I'd like to take this opportunity to add that in Taiwan, there is a 24-hour bookstore called Eslite.  Eslite operates a chain of gleaming stores filled with potted greenery, book/stationery/magazine/artifact/trinket smörgåsbords, enticing cafes, designer lighting, artful views from the escalators, apron-wearing shop girls and guys, etc.  I should have spent my early twenties here, since I was up until all hours.  I'd also like to add that I just found out that I've been saying "smörgåsborg" instead of "smörgåsbord" and no one's ever corrected me ("Everyone probably just thought you were stupid," my friend said).

Thanks for taking the time to check out the cards!  Please feel free to contact me at anytime (323.387.9480 / emmie at fomato dot com) if you have questions, need assistance, or would like to chat about baby penguins and how I can keep some in my house.