Hoboken Holiday Crafts Fair – Wanart

11/21/2007:

Part 5 of the 10 part series of featured vendors for the upcoming Hoboken Holiday Crafts Fair starting December 2nd. Check back each day leading to the event to see a different participant.

Today’s spotlight is on Joyce Wan of Wanart. Check her website for more.

wanart-hoboken-winning-card.jpg“The story of Wanart began with a child’s love for art. Joyce Wan, Wanart’s Founder, designed her first greeting card when she was in grade school for a city-wide greeting card design contest. Although the design won first place and was subsequently mass-produced and sold through a major regional department store chain, who knew that 22 years later this design would inspire an entire line of greeting cards and even an entire stationery and gift company.

wanart-joyce-wan-dukakis-1985.jpgThe birth of Wanart grew out of a basic need and desire. Being Chinese American, Joyce often had a difficult time finding fun, culturally appropriate greeting cards for friends and family. After working in architectural design for several years, Joyce’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for design led her to launch Wanart with the creation of 12 delightful designs featuring the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Joyce’s distinctive style merges a fun, contemporary design aesthetic with Asian cultural influences and traditions. Inspired by the beauty, purity and essence of nature, childhood, animals and everyday objects, her designs transcend all cultural boundaries.

As the popularity of Wanart designs grew, so did its product line and services. Today, in addition to its line of greeting cards, Wanart offers a variety of items from notepads to infant apparel along with custom greeting cards, invitations, and announcements for corporate and personal use. In recent years, Wanart launched an art licensing program. Wanart products can be found at many specialty stores, museum shops and cultural institutions across the country and abroad.”

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See more product shots after the jump.

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