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In the Studio

Artist & Designer Amanda Wright

Meet talented artist Amanda Wright—one of the contributors to Walter Foster's upcoming publication Pinterest Perfect!—and get a glimpse into her creative workspace!

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Photo Credit: ©2013 Amanda Wright

Where do you create?

My studio is in the basement of our home, which thankfully is not as bad as it sounds! It's a finished basement, and it's really quite cozy. There are two sets of French doors that provide a view of the forest behind our home, an exposed brick fireplace, and plenty of room to spread out.

It's a little dark, being a basement and all, but I hung a large cluster of paper lanterns over my desk to compensate. Everything I need is within arms reach thanks to the big bookshelf behind my desk stocked with piles of multi-colored envelopes and my growing stash of inspirational books.

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Photo Credit: ©2013 Amanda Wright

What inspires you when you're working in your studio?

Aside from my book collection, the view of the forest from my studio is incredibly inspiring. In the summer it's a wall of dense green foliage, and sometimes a fox or deer will saunter by. In the fall the colorful leaves are unbelievably gorgeous, and I struggle to get work done because I can't stop staring at them.

In the winter the trees are bare and gray, but I love that so much more sunlight reaches my workspace when the leaves are gone. Of course in the spring the birds sing like crazy, and millions of soft green buds pop out everywhere. The forest is never stagnant, and in a way it prompts my work to keep evolving and progressing too.

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Photo Credit: ©2013 Amanda Wright

What's your favorite thing about your studio?

My absolute favorite thing about my studio is that it's all mine! I can listen to blaring music, make a huge mess and never clean it up, talk to myself in a funny voice, or chase my dogs around the room. I don't have to worry about bothering anyone, and I can do whatever I need to do (however weird) to keep my creative juices flowing.

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Photo Credit: ©2013 Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright is a self-proclaimed design nerd, and the girl behind Wit & Whistle—an online shop that offers witty greeting cards and whistle worthy paper goods, all designed and illustrated by Amanda. She lives with her husband Daniel and their two dogs, Oliver and Mabel, in a quirky A-frame house in Cary, North Carolina. Visit to learn more.

Stephanie Meissner

Stephanie is Senior Editor at Walter Foster Publishing. A lifelong bibliophile, Stephanie also loves photography, design, typography, and cooking. She blogs about her artistic endeavors and creative adventures at

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