My desire for the creative life has led me to the streets of Paris, the boroughs of New York, the galleries of Berlin and always to the shores of the West Coast. I am inspired by living a simple life, rich in culture. I am drawn to cities where dogs sleep below cafe tables, where books and art grace the walls of homes and where the world slows down for a meal shared with friends.

I've made my home on beautiful Vancouver Island. My studio and home, a hundred-year-old character house, acts as the canvas for every photograph, recipe and dinner party. 

I invite you to read my blog, view my portfolio and please get in touch if you're interested in working together.

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Creative Q&A: Jessie James, Founder of Supply Paper Co.


Name, Location, Occupation
Jessie James
Sydney, Australia
Designer at Supply Paper Co.

Please describe your workspace: 

My workspace is small, light, white and calming. At it's center is a recycled wooden trestle table that spans about 3 meters. One end of the table has my computers and digital equipment. The other is my lo-fi space, that's where I usually do all my drawing, lettering and assembling of my paper goods. I use one wall to pin up paper goods and other bits and pieces with kraft paper tape and mini pegs. The wall changes all the time, a mix of things I am working on, pieces from recent projects, inspiration for a new collection or just things I've come across in my travels. Then there are boxes, boxes and more boxes, stacks of paper, tools of trade, my little letterpress Adana machine sitting happily in the corner.

What are you working on right now?
I am always working on designs, products and editing paper goods for our Made to Measure line, which will be introducing letterpress fill-in invitations, note cards, tags and other goodies later this year. I am also working on future pop-up collections for the Supply Paper Co. online store - exploring the idea of creating an experience around an online store, with pop-up collections arriving every so often in limited quantities, available for a short time only. I am searching out things made with unmistakable care, based around the places and stories we’ve come across in our travels, and may be one-off, limited edition or handcrafted in small production.

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What has been your most rewarding project to date?

Building and launching Supply Paper Co.. Every design, every piece of paper, every package from Supply Paper Co. goes through my hands. That in itself means a lot to me. I have always had an innate need to make and create things, write stories and draw pictures.

Which designers and artists inspire you?
Yumiko Sekine, Fog Linen
Nikole Herriot, Herriot Grace
Mark and Sally Bailey, Baileys Home and Garden
Sibella Court, The Society Inc.
Kara Rosenlund, The Travelling Wares
Claudia Zinan, Father Rabbit

Has there been a defining moment or turning point when you realized what you wanted to do for a living?
Actually no, I think I have always been on this path, even when I didn't really know it. I think I am lucky in that I have always felt this pull towards design. Ever since I can remember I have drawn and made things, and I can't actually define the moment I realized I could design for a living, sometimes I still don't believe it!

What do you think is the most difficult aspect of working in design?

For me, the thing I have the most difficulty with is the feeling that my work is never quite finished. I feel an almost constant need to edit, improve and strive. It is important to me to create something of worth. Things that will be kept and treasured, made with thought and quality workmanship. There is almost always a little sense of self-doubt that goes along with creative work, I think.

What are you reading at the moment?
I am reading The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly for about the sixth time. It's probably my all time favourite book. I'm also reading, skimming and gazing at my magazine favourites - Kinfolk, Fete and White.

What websites do you visit for inspiration?
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/supplypaperco/). There is always so much to love. Sometimes I'll just get lost in my inspirations I've pinned on my own boards, and sometimes I'll take a look at what others are pinning. My current favourites are Beth of Local Milk (http://pinterest.com/localmilk/) and Nikole Herriott of Herriott Grace (http://pinterest.com/herriottgrace/).

What are your simplest daily pleasures?
Tea, chocolate, pencils, paper.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Making, drawing and creating, always.

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