Artist Anna Joyce ex­plains how she grew her busi­nesses from a tiny cor­ner

Mollie Makes - - Contents - Words: EMILY BARNES Pho­to­graphs: HE­LEN CATH­CART AND LISA WARNINGER

In 2009, armed with a sewing ma­chine she re­ceived on her wed­ding day, print artist Anna Joyce sat down to make ac­ces­sories and home­wares in­spired by vin­tage fab­rics, folk art and na­ture. To­day, her pil­lows, scarves, linens and bags are sold all over the world as well as on­line ( www.an­na­joycedesig­n.com).

Her tiny home and stu­dio, tucked away in the leafy streets of east Port­land, Ore­gon, is re­fresh­ing proof that we don’t need acres of space to be cre­ative. Set­ting up her workspace within the fam­ily open-plan din­ing and liv­ing area was a brave move that came to pro­vide the ideal en­vi­ron­ment for her and her fam­ily to live an in­spir­ing life­style.

An ar­dent lover of pat­tern and paint, Anna’s bold pal­ette makes for an eye­catch­ing col­lec­tion that you can’t help but smile at. Five years af­ter first sit­ting down with that sewing ma­chine she now em­ploys an as­sis­tant to help her keep up with or­ders and is just about to launch her first book, Stamp, Sten­cil and Paint with STC Craft ( www.abrams­books.com). We popped in to dis­cover the se­crets be­hind her won­der­fully-colour­ful world.

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