Interview with Jade Magazine July 12, 2010 14:13 1 Comment
In the Cards: An Interview with Joyce Wan
Although Joyce Wan designed her first greeting card while she was in the first grade, it wasn't until much later when she started her own card company Wanart. From her first line of Chinese Zodiac cards, she has branched off into framed prints, clothing and now children's books. She was able to spare some time and answer a few of our questions.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What did you study in school?
I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and now live in New York City. My parents owned a little Chinese takeout restaurant where my three other siblings and I used to work when we were growing up.
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I designed my first greeting card when I was in first grade for a city-sponsored greeting card design contest. The design won first place and was subsequently mass-produced and sold through a major department store chain.
I studied architecture at Barnard College with the hopes of becoming an architect. I thought that it would be a creative yet practical career but something was still missing for me and I grew very disenchanted with the work I was doing. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be designing greeting cards when I “grew up” but here I am!
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