We are so happy that we were able to chat with Annie of Wildfield Paper Co. about her absolutely stunning work, upcoming events, and her recent trip to the annual Silobration! Make sure you stop by her site and grab one of her beautiful prints!
PI: We are completely in love with your work! How did you get into watercolors and calligraphy?
AM: Thank you! I’ve been painting all my life. In fact—like most children—I first learned to paint by using watercolors. After finishing formal training in school, I wanted to get back to the refreshing lightness of watercolors, and so it’s been for a while now. Calligraphy came a bit later. I was really fascinated by the beauty of the written word, combining words and art just seemed so natural.
PI: Where do you draw your inspiration for new prints from?
AM: The inspiration can come from many places as long as I’m being aware of the world around me. Looking at art or reading creative books or thinking about what might complete a blank space help. But mostly my inspiration comes from being immersed in nature—there’s no substitute for the delicate complexity of mother earth.
PI: How did you decide to give calligraphy workshops and where do we sign up?!
AM: I noticed that a lot of people were getting into calligraphy and were looking for a place to learn the basics. A few even reached out to me and so I decided I’d give it a go. They have been excellent experiences so far as all the attendees are really eager to learn and improve their technique. I’m currently in the process of setting up some additional workshops, and when I do, you can sign up on my website.
PI: What are your favorite flowers to paint?
AM: I’ve always loved the beauty of roses—you can’t get more classic than that. All the varieties have unique and interesting details to paint. Peonies and ranunculus are also favorites.
PI: How did you get involved with Minted, and what have you learned from your experiences with the company?
AM: Minted has been an excellent resource for me as a small business owner. As a creative, I tend to shy away from the business/operations side of work. Minted takes care of that for me. It’s been a good way to reach large audiences and see what really sells. They run contests throughout the year for different holidays and events; one year I just went for it and since then I haven’t looked back.
PI: You participated in the recent Silobration. What was that like?
AM: Silobration is a whirlwind. Everything from preparation and travel to participation is filled with an excited energy. The event is very well attended and the quality of talent and products is inspiring. It’s fun to be set up right there near the silos and getting to meet people from all over the U.S. and even from many foreign countries.
PI: What would be your number one piece of advice for someone looking to start their own business from the ground up?
AM: I would advise someone thinking of starting their own business to think carefully about what they want to offer and if they are truly passionate about their product/work. Without that motivation, it can be hard to continue sometimes. It’s a risk, but if it’s really what you want, it’s completely worth it to work on your dream.