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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Artist Feature - Anna Joyce Designs

Who is behind that amazing ETSY? Here is where you find out! Meet Anna from Anna Joyce.

Get to know Anna:
I am an artist, designer and mother to two young girls living in Portland, Oregon. I have a home studio where I create my limited edition and one of a kind applique work for my Etsy shop and boutiques here in Portland. I love spending time with my wonderful husband, girls and friends and my favorite place on earth is the Oregon coast on a sunny day surrounded by my friends and family.

What is Anna Joyce all about:
I have been putting most of my energy over the last year and a half into running and selling from my Etsy shop full time. There has been a huge learning curve, but I am very proud to be where I am today.
I love sewing and making and I also love teaching! I teach applique at Modern Domestic here in Portland, teaching always inspires me. I also collaborated with Julie from Studio Olivine on a limited edition letterpress art print for the holidays last year- I would love to do more of that kind of work in the future.

The inspired artist in her:
I am inspired by color, patterns and shapes! I live for finding and using vintage fabrics and unusual patterns in my work. I am also constantly inspired by my children and the books that we read together and the art that they make.

Loving Etsy:
I LOVE Etsy because it has given me a way to sell and connect directly with customers and people who love my work. It makes me happy to be able to sell my art for a fair price that people can afford because they are buying it on Etsy. I love how easy it is for me to bring new products and designs to my customers as well- after a good day in the studio I can have my shop loaded with goodies that same evening- I love that!

Favorite Things:
Well...Coffee! My girls and husband, my best friends, my computer, Portland, my fabric collection and my new
sewing machine- a Bernina 450 named Bernice.

Dreams: I am working on a 5 year plan with Anna Joyce Design. Until both of my girls are in school full time I am trying to continue and build on my success while still being the best and most present mother I can be. In the next few years I would love to move my studio from my home into a store front, where I could work and sell to the public in the same space...the idea of having a small store front feels really exciting.
I would like to write a book about applique with projects and ideas from my life style...I really love all of Lotta Jansdotter's books and would love to write one of my own. Of course a feature in Martha Stewart and having Anthropologie buy some of my designs would be nice too...

You need to check out Anna Joyce Designs, I could get lost there for hours! So inspiring! Also check out her fantastic blog.

Thanks Anna! -Mimi

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