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Welcoming Juliet Meeks!

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A getting-to-know-you Q&A with Juliet Meeks, the latest addition to our roster of stellar talent at Wain’s World!  

Ask the Artist

Juliet founded her art and surface design studio in 2015. Flowers are her subject of choice, using them as a mode for exploring unique color palettes.

What is your design process?

While I paint very intuitively, I like to reference vintage flower books as a starting point. I prefer to capture the feeling of a flower rather than painting in a detailed or hyper-realistic way.  When choosing colors, I don’t have a set plan before I start, rather I let the process unfold organically.  There is a certain level of control that you must give up with watercolor and giving in to that can create beautiful results.

Do you have a dream assignment? 

As an English major and former editorial layout designer for a local newspaper, I would love to design a book cover one day. I’d also love to see my artwork on planners, luggage, and quirky objects like umbrellas, socks, or lampshades.

Who inspires you?

Vera Neumann, Helen Frankenthaler, and Sonia Delaunay are three of the painters and designers I greatly admire. 

What is your bucket list trip and why?

Paris is on my list to visit next. I’ve never been to France, and it seems like a beautiful, inspiring, romantic, and creative place. 

What is your favorite thing to draw? 

Flowers, flowers, flowers!

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Welcoming Deborah Velasquez!

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A getting-to-know-you Q&A with Deborah Velasquez, the latest addition to our roster of stellar talent at Wain’s World!  

Ask the Artist

Deborah’s vibrant work is inspired by flora, plants, stems, and the magic found in forests, along with her love of gouache, watercolor, and printmaking. 

Do you have a ritual for creating art?

I never paint without wearing jewelry, it makes me feel dressed, powerful, and ready to create. 

Do you have a favorite tool to make art with?

I purchased vintage brushes and calligraphy pens on Etsy from the estate of an 80-year-old artist. I love feeling a connection to history when I draw with them.

Who inspires you? 

American illustrator and children’s book author Virginia Lee Burton. She created Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel and won the Caldecott Medal for The Little House.

Do you have a hidden talent?

I am a Master Gardener (from University of Connecticut). I love gardening!

What is your favorite book?

I love I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

What would you bring to a desert island? 

Electricity so I could listen to Nina Simone’s music.

What is your mantra? 

I have two mantras. I always tell people to take a chance and live life without regret – words my mother also lived by. And share your knowledge, mentor others.

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Welcoming Beth Schneider!

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A getting-to-know-you Q&A with Beth Schneider, the latest addition to our roster of stellar talent at Wain’s World!  

Ask the Artist

Beth creates her signature collections of patterns by combining stunning florals with unique, hand painted coordinates, all in a modern color palette. 

What is your design process?

I gather inspiration from photos, nature and magazines and then sketch out a rough composition. My warmup includes making strokes with different brushes before starting the actual piece. After I paint, I scan the work into my computer, edit, and then digitally create a repeat pattern or art piece, depending on the application. 

What project are you most proud of?

Honestly, all my projects make me happy. I love seeing my art come to fruition on actual products. To date though, I’d probably say my festive favorite is the holiday nutcracker bedding collection I created for Garnet Hill. 

What is your favorite tree?

I have a bald cypress tree in my backyard. It’s tall and beautiful and the type of evergreen tree that loses its needles every year. I love it.

What makes your heart sing? 

Music, sunshine, and a good mood.

What is your bucket list trip and why?

Venice, Italy – I’ve always wanted to ride a gondola through the town, eat pizza, and drink wine! 

What is your Chinese New Year animal? 

The Snake. Sounds unusual; but people born in the Year of the Snake are intelligent, wise, and charming. They are also deep thinkers, like to plan well, and are determined in whatever they do. Snake people are quiet, reserved, and good at giving advice to others.  It’s spot on with my personality so I’m embracing it! 

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On the Shelf

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We are super excited to announce the Thimblepress® for Blue Sky Collection at Staples®.

This collection was intentionally created to be colorful and bright. Dated planners and calendars that fit many different types of personalities, from classic stripes to florals to terrazzo and abstract patterns – Thimblepress®  covers the gamut on style.

After a year without any plans in 2020, we are thrilled to usher in all this color and fun to organize everyone’s routine!

Welcoming Amy Hall!

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A getting-to-know-you Q&A with Amy Hall, the latest addition to our roster of stellar talent at Wain’s World!  

Ask the Artist

Amy Hall began her creative career in New York City as a textile designer. Amy’s current focus: landscape and floral painting.

What inspires you?

I find inspiration all around me. Hiking with my family, watching my husband fish with our children or working in my rose garden always brings a flurry of ideas. Each piece is different. I find joy through creating art and playing with the pigment. Every time I start a painting, I never know how it will end and my art constantly evolves.

Why did you decide to license your fine art now?

During this crazy COVID time period, my family and I spent a lot of time doing creative projects. The art seemed to flow and more people were reaching out to me to create work for their homes. This feels like the right time to share what brings me joy with others.

Why join Wain’s World?

From my first conversation with Liz, I felt an instant connection. Her energy and passion sparked a new creative energy in me.  That type of vibe doesn’t happen often and it felt like a perfect fit. I knew Wain’s World was the right place for me. 

Do you have a first creative memory?

I can’t remember a time where I haven’t painted or sketched ideas. My first creative memory is drawing Cinderella with crayon on the back of my bedroom door. I would color on everything, it didn’t matter if it was a wall, a door or the floor.

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Wain’s World Cares

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Each year, Wain’s World gives back to the creative community in honor of our valued business partners. In 2020, Wain’s World selected Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) as the recipient of our annual holiday charitable gift.

Since 2007, YOLA has provided young musicians with instruments, intensive music education, academic support, and leadership training. Click here to learn more about YOLA and their impressive work to support young musicians in Los Angeles.

In Real Life

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Adorable birth announcement by Two if by Sea Studios’ Brittany Zeller-Holland

A warm welcome to Townes Meriwether Zeller-Holland.

Precious Townes was born to Brittany and Dylan on December 1, 2020. Congratulations, too, to big brother Roald.

In Real Life

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Congratulations to Kristin and Bill on their marriage—and cheers to young William Allen. The couple first met as Mississippi State students in 2003. They remained friends through the years and reconnected in 2019. The romantic wedding took place in Jackson on November 21, 2020. We couldn’t be happier for you.

In the News

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The Paper Curator™  and Cecily Moore named “10 Designers to Watch in 2020”. 
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To learn more about The Paper Curator, click here.