Oh Joy/Lessons Learned From My Favorite Makers/Includes Juju Papers

It's hard to imagine someone like Joy Cho taking advice from the likes of me. ; ) However, she contacted me recently and said that she wanted to ask some of her favorite designers about some of the lessons that they have learned as a small business owners over the years. I had plenty to share, as my lessons have been many. However, one of the most important lessons that I have learned as an artist, a designer, and in business is that making things happen in business and in art/design in a meaningful way is hard. It's not easy for anyone, if even they make it look easy. “The saying, 'the darkest hour is just before dawn' is often the case in my creative and professional life. There's always a slog in everything worth doing. POWER THROUGH THE SLOG!" Every time you are pursuing something that is important to you, you usually have to pass through a window that is really difficult and filled with self-doubt, and everything seems impossible, unachievable, and ugly. But here's the thing - everyone is going through this, all of the time. It's important to be the type of person who recognizes this and just lets it pass over them, instead of thinking that they aren't cut out for the work that they are doing. It sounds cliche', but it's true! Either way, it feels great to be acknowledged by Oh Joy! as one of her favorite makers. Also included in this lineup were Coral & Stone, Walnut Animal Society, and Kindah Khalidy. They also had advice to share in the post you can read here.  I would also like to add that Joy said that she selected us because we were, "a few of my favorite makers right now whose work I personally love wearing or having in my home." I can say that it is true - that Joy is an actual, real customer who does seem to love and appreciate our work here at Juju. Thanks, Joy! You are a gem. XO   Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 2.47.37 PM Oh Joy/Juju Paper Oh Joy/Juju Papers  
May 05, 2015 by 2

Genevieve Gorder and Grace Bonny Talk About Juju Papers on After The Jump

Genevieve Gorder said some of the nicest things about Juju that you could ever imagine someone saying about your company in an interview on Grace Bonney's excellent podcast, After the Jump, which you can stream through Heritage Radio Network on download on iTunes. This was originally aired in October 2014. If you don't have the time to listen through the whole interview, the part where Gen and Grace talk about Juju is at the end. At the end of the interview, Grace asked Gen some sweeping questions. Here is a summation - warning, gratuitous bragging alert! GB "Who do you hope really makes it big this year that you're really behind? What do you really love?" GG: "Hmmmm. . . Juju Papers!" GB: "Avery is awesome!" ( I warned you. Gratuitous.) GG: "Juju makes these incredible wallpapers, which I littered in my home, any wall that I could, I had her patterns."  "She really embraces pause, negative space", and she does it so effortlessly . . . I'm obsessed!" I can't think of two women who I would rather have in my corner - inspirational, intelligent, insightful. Shredders. Thanks, ladies! XO   10676329_10154672647715111_890492981458800345_n
November 11, 2014 by 2

Metropolis Magazine calls Juju Papers one of "Six American Design Entrepreneurs You Should Know"

We were flattered to be included among this "fresh crop (of) local talent" in Metropolis' October 2014 print edition titled "NEW TALENT".  From the article: "Gone are the days when designers struggled to find producers to manufacture their wares. Relying on solid hands-on skills and the e-commerce market, a young design studio can now strike out on its own. These six American entrepreneurs have done just that, offering handcrafted products and custom services to designers and consumers all over the country. Think of them as your local, go-to design talent." Also included in this rock-steady crew were my old pals Graypants from Seattle, Brooklyn's Workstead, Detroit's Color & Mirror, Minneapolis' Hennepin Made, and Minden, Nevada's WFour Design. Thanks to Metropolis for including us! MetropolisArticleJuju      
October 28, 2014 by 2

CNN's Jake Tapper, Bon Appetit, and Juju Papers. Strange bedfellows.

If you know me personally, then you know that I am a hardcore BA (Bon Appetit) fan. My buddies Jacob, Brian, and I all document and text back and forth our BA recipe successes and failures. It's one of our dreams to grace the pages of BA someday, possibly in one of those four page spreads where beautiful people eat farm to table at sunset in the country. We pretty much look and act . . . like that . . . pretty much . . . But seriously, folks. I got close to BA fame yesterday in this funny BA interview with CNN's Jake Tapper and family. That's Juju Papers' After Chinterwink in Silver and Charcoal on Cream in the background, in a stunning dining room designed by Residents Understood in Washington, DC. Gotta love it. BA here I come!  Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.40.18 AM JakeTapper,BonAppetit,JujuPapers BA
September 16, 2014 by 2

Not to brag, but we're basically famous: Juju Papers on HGTV'S Genevieve's Renovation

Genevieve Gorder has been a great client and supporter of Juju Papers ever since we met her in 2012. We were flattered when she chose to paper much of her new New York home in Juju Papers. Then we found out that there was going to be a reality show on HGTV about the renovation. WHAT THE?!?!?! If you have already seen the show, then you know that Juju Papers has a starring role in many of the rooms. If you haven't seen the show, then you can check it out on iTunes. All of the wallpaper featured in the show is Juju Papers! A View of the Woods in Bebelle's room, After Chinterwink in the master suite closet, and Salad Days in the kitchen and hallway. We're SO flattered. We love it! The rooms look great, and Gen is awesome - worth checking out, people! Thanks, Gen!
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August 12, 2014 by 2

Pigeon Toe x Juju Papers Ceramic Collaboration Now Available

Juju Papers is thrilled to announce this new line of ceramic dinnerware made in collaboration with Lisa Jones of Pigeon Toe Ceramics.
Longtime admirers of each others work, we finally had a chance to meet and decided to design some pieces together that reflect the characteristics that embody best of both designers - the elegant simplicity of Pigeon Toe's matte minimalist porcelain  forms, paired with the spirited marks of Juju's signature wallpaper style.
Together, the forms are classics in the making - statement pieces that reflect a modern, iconic simplicity and elegance.
Juju and Pigeon Toe are offering serving plates, small plates, and vessels in grey and white, exclusively through the Pigeon Toe website.pigeontoeceramics.com.
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May 16, 2014 by 2

HERE I GO AGAIN ON MY OWN - I'll be goin' down the only road I've ever known this May 17-20 at ICFF!

  [caption id="attachment_459" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Or is it Avery Thatcher? You decide Or is it Avery Thatcher? You decide[/caption] BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS! Juju Papers will once again be at booth # 831 at ICFF in NY May 17-20. We will have all sorts of surprises, too! More on that later, though. Be there or be square, dudes. XO ICFF    
May 07, 2014 by 2

Cle Elum and Sisters of the Sun: New designs for 2014 Announced by Design*Sponge

So excited to present two new designs for 2014: Cle Elum and Sisters of the Sun. I was thrilled that Design*Sponge chose to announce the release!
As quoted from Design*Sponge: Designer Avery Thatcher of Juju designed two new styles for this year’s launch: Sisters of the Sun and Cle ElumSisters of the Sun is a contemporary spin on a classic dot pattern. I love the way each dot feels different and lets you see a bit of Avery’s paintbrush gesture with each dot. As much as I love a clean geometric, designs like this that really show the artist’s hand and style a bit more are always my favorite. Cle Elum is a hand-drawn pattern inspired by both the flora and fauna of the Cle Elum river area in Washington and a short story by Raymond Carver, who lived in and wrote about the Pacific Northwest. The pattern is an upbeat twist on Carver’s dark tale with fun florals, coniferous trees and hazel catkins in shiny silver and gold. I love the dark charcoal background on this style- it feels so rich and sophisticated but still has a bit of playfulness. Avery will be debuting her collection at ICFF (Booth #831), but until then, you can check out her work online right here. Thanks, Avery!  Thanks to Grace, and thanks to all of you who have been in touch to pre-order and get the jump on samples and rolls! My website's Paypal deal is up and running now, so we're all set. Thanks for your patience! XOXOXO   Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 3.20.33 PM  Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 3.12.06 PM
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May 06, 2014 by 2

Join Juju Papers at The Makery Seconds Sale Feb 15 11-4, The Cleaners @ Ace Hotel Portland

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February 12, 2014 by 2

Juju Featured in this February's Sunset Magazine, Home//Garden Section.

Juju was featured in this month's Sunset Magazine alongside other west coast indie designers Makelike, Kreme, Madison and Grow, and Cavern. Ooh la la! [caption id="attachment_433" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Juju Papers in Sunset Magazine Feb 2014 Juju Papers in Sunset Magazine Feb 2014[/caption]
February 01, 2014 by 2