Wanart at the New York International Gift Fair August 13, 2011 23:53

Visit us at the New York International Gift Fair in Booth #2547 from Sunday, August 14 - Thursday, August 18. Come see what's new!

OMG August 11, 2011 15:17

What an incredible weekend. I just back from the SCBWI conference in LA and I have so much inspiring stuff to share but I am literally in the midst of final preparations for the New York International Gift Show which starts THIS Sunday! I'll have to save the recaps for later but, I have some exciting news that I just can't wait to share with you all!


I just found out yesterday that my soon-to-be-released book We Belong Together was 1 of 121 books selected out of 650 entries nationwide to be featured in the 2011 Society of Illustrators Original Art Show! The list is so impressive this year and includes such highly esteemed illustrators in the world of children's books as William Joyce, Dan Santat, Kadir Nelson, Peter Brown, Eric Carle, Tomie DePaola, Loren Long, Maurice Sendak, Mo Willems, Lane Smith and more! I still can't believe I will be featured alongside artists whose books I loved as a child and still totally idolize today! I almost feel like I don't deserve such an honor!


Here's a link to more info about the show. The page also contains a link to a complete list of all the illustrators and titles that will be featured!


All I can say is OMG...@_@



Wish me luck at the show! I'll will be in booth #2547 if you'll be there! xoxo


It's. Here. August 1, 2011 12:15 4 Comments

The day I have been waiting for, for over a year, has finally arrived.



The first of two board books YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE published through Scholastic/Cartwheel is OFFICIALLY out! I wish I could just sit back and bask in the glory of my new book release but I am drowning in prep for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference in Los Angeles that I am leaving for in 3 days AND I'll be exhibiting at the New York International Gift Fair for my stationery/gift business Wanart right after I get back. My mind has been swirling with SCBWI/NYIGF madness!


It can take about 18 months or more for a book to go from concept sketches to store shelf. Here are pictures I took of the packages I created and sent out to 8 different publishers (this was before I started working with my wonderful agent Teresa Kietlinksi of Prospect Agency) when I was pitching the idea for this book back in November of 2009! The idea for the book was inspired by a line of New Baby cards I designed for Wanart featuring images of foods that are often used as terms of endearment. The packages contained a cover letter, my bio, a Wanart catalog, a book dummy, and a manuscript page.




I once read that not more than perhaps 1-2% of the material submitted to a slush pile (unsolicited) gets published. But like the NY Lottery slogan goes You Gotta Play to Win and sometimes pitching books can feel like you're playing the lotto! LOL It only took about a week to hear back from my publisher and than another 6 agonizing months after that until it was formally acquired! I'm not sure how I got so lucky but not only did the book concepts get picked up but it ended up being by Scholastic/Cartwheel where I got to work with the most AMAZING creative team ever. They took my vision for the books and pushed it even further producing results that are cuter than I could have ever imagined! I want to thank them for helping me create such a beautiful set of books that I am really proud of.


Stay tuned for the release of the companion book WE BELONG TOGETHER which will be out in September.



Thanks to everyone who's been supporting and encouraging me all these years - I couldn't have done with without you. Lots of love!


xoxo Joyce


Sneak Peek... July 19, 2011 11:56

A sneak peek at "You Are My Cupcake" - the latest book by Wanart founder Joyce Wan, published by Scholastic/Cartwheel. A scrumptious board book, filled with sweet terms of endearment. This bite-sized board book is an ode to all the names we call our children: cutie pie, sweet pea, peanut, pumpkin. With a candy-colored palette and irresistible art, this is the perfect baby shower gift or a nice little treat for your very own sweetheart! Available August 1, 2011 wherever books are sold. You may also find it here on amazon.com.

Sneak peek! July 13, 2011 12:29 2 Comments

Coming soon...




Get yours now!


Also coming this Fall:

An inspirational weekend - my NJ-SCBWI conference recap June 13, 2011 15:44

Last weekend I attended an amazing children's book writers and illustrators conference at the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey hosted by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators.



It was a fabulous weekend full of workshops, networking functions, inspirational keynote speeches as well as one-to-one manuscript and portfolio critiques from an impressive list of some of the top editors, art directors, and agents in the country. Kathy Temean, Laurie Wallmark and Leeza Hernandez, who are also authors themselves, are an extraordinary team who work tirelessly to put together one of the best conferences of this kind in the country and this year with the help of over 60 volunteers! This conference and the SCBWI organization as a whole has launched the career of a few authors I personally know. I highly recommend this conference to anyone who is looking to explore the field, refine their craft or even just to meet new friends who share the same passions and aspirations.


One of the highlights of the conference was being surrounded by so many talented and creative people such as these two very talented ladies Lynne Marie (far left), author of "Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten", and Grace Lin (far right), author of the 2010 Newbury Honor book "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" as well as over a dozen other children's books.



Grace Lin was also this year's keynote speaker. It was so inspiring and exciting for me to see an Asian-American woman author/illustrator headline a conference. I was so happy I finally got to meet her in person as I have always admired her work from afar. Our paths have crossed indirectly many times over the years as I started Wanart designing Asian-inspired cards and gifts and she has written and illustrated many childrens books also with Asian-inspired themes. She shared with us her experiences of finding her own voice in her work and her feelings of being labeled a multi-cultural author. She reminded us all to create art from our heart and not for praise or approval and that art rooted in universal truth will connect with an audience that transcends age, race, and culture.


You GO girl!


I had a chance to show off a new piece at an art show for illustrators.



I even got to sign copies of "Greetings from Kiwi and Pear" during a book signing hour and offered people a sneak peek of my new book "You Are My Cupcake" that is set to be released in less than two months! @_@ I sat next to the talented Kat Yeh, author of "You're Lovable To Me" and the recent "The Magic Paintbrush". Because of our last names, we always get to sit next to each other at these SCBWI book signing events which is always such great fun!



As I float back down to earth after such a whirlwind weekend - I feel more motivated and inspired than ever. I also realized as the New York Gift Fair draws near, I really need to find a better way to balance developing new book ideas with my duties of running and creating new stuff for Wanart. Did I mention the summer classes I'm teaching on the business of greeting card design and art licensing at the School of Visual Arts also started last week?! Am I crazy? No, just very, very passionate...I LIVE for this stuff!


love, hugs, and happiness, joyce


Winners & National Stationery Show 2011 May 23, 2011 13:32

A quick announcement in case you missed it on our Wanart Facebook Page, the 3 winners of the Kiwi and Pear button set were: Claire Pan, Reni Sumpter and Sky Rowan! Thanks to all those who entered - you guys are awesome! Don't worry if you didn't win - I am planning to have more contests soon! :D


Last week the National Stationary Show was in town! I chose not to exhibit this year (see me at New York Gift Show in August instead!) as I am trying to channel some of my creative energy into books right now but that show in particular has a special place in my heart because it is where I launched my company Wanart back in 2003 and exhibited for 6 years! The National Stationery Show was eye candy central with so many gorgeous designs, products, and booths. The Javits Center was bursting at the seams with creativity!


The conference opened with keynote speaker Seth Godin, best-selling author of 13+ books, marketing entrepreneur and 'agent-of-change'. His book Purple Cow was one of the first books I read when I started Wanart and it changed the way I thought about business and everything I do really - I've been hooked ever since. A few "Sethisms" he stressed during his talk: * Art = solving a problem in a new way. * Make something worth talking about. * Ideas that spread, win... I love that guy!


To leave you with some eye candy, this year the National Stationery Show, in partnership with retailer Kate's Paperie, presented the exhibit "Paper Runway" a collection of one-of-a-kind paper dresses and accessories (made completely out of paper products—gift wrap, ribbons, and greeting cards) created by some of today's cutting-edge fashion designers such as Lela Rose, Susan Woo, and Yeohlee along with visual merchandising and design students from New York City's LIM College. Here were some of my favorites!





GORGEOUS huh??? I WANT those dresses - who cares if they aren't practical in the rain! ;)


As always - love, hugs, and happiness!


xoxo, Joyce


New Kiwi and Pear Button Set and Contest! May 5, 2011 13:54 24 Comments

Just released! Brand new Kiwi and Pear 4-pack pinback button set, produced by the amazing people at Badge Bomb for one of my favorite stores on the web ModCloth! Button set features a cute penguin, panda, ice cream, and cupcake combo!


Get them now HERE! You can also try entering our contest - scroll down for details! To celebrate we are giving away a set to not one but THREE lucky winners chosen at by random drawing.


Here's what you have to do to enter the contest. Do ONE or BOTH of the following - if you do BOTH I will enter you into the contest TWICE which means a better chance to win!


1. Leave a reply on this post naming your favorite animal AND dessert!


2. LIKE our Wanart Facebook page. (If you already LIKED our Facebook page previously, let me know who you are when you post your reply below)


Enter by 12PM EST on Friday, May 13, 2011 - at that time the drawing will take place and the winners be announced! GOOD LUCK!


xoxo - Joyce


Wanart Featured on Intuit's Website April 15, 2011 21:26

I was thrilled when the nice folks at Intuit (developers of financial and tax prep software such as Quickbooks, Quicken and TurboTax) contacted me and asked if I’d like to be featured in an article on their website.


I have been using their accounting software Quickbooks since I started Wanart years ago and am a big fan of their new GoPayment app that lets me charge credit cards on my iPhone at street fairs and book signings. I have to admit, dealing with financials isn’t the most exciting part of business, or even one of my strengths for that matter, but keeping proper accounting records and financial statements is probably one of the most important things a business owner can do. Thanks Intuit for the nice write-up! xoxo


Yay! Kiwi and Pear Fan Art! April 15, 2011 01:02

I LOVE getting art from Kiwi and Pear fans. This one comes from the SUPER talented 6-year-old Kayla in Long Island, New York. She designed an entire Kiwi and Pear toy playset. Now, how freakin' AWESOME is this?!


My favorite is the Picnic or Italy set. Notice the cute little slices of pizza? Looks like it would be so much fun! I wanna PLAY!


Summer Courses at SVA Taught by Joyce Wan April 7, 2011 13:07 1 Comment

Take your creative pursuits to the next level this summer in courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York City! Wanart founder, author and illustrator Joyce Wan will be teaching two courses this summer at SVA's Continuing Education program. One course is on the business of greeting card design, the other course is on art licensing basics. More information about the courses can be found on her blog.

Rev Up Your Creative/Art Business Mojo! April 7, 2011 12:55

Learn how you can take your creative pursuits to the next level this summer in courses at the School of Visual Arts! I am excited to be teaching two courses this summer at SVA's Continuing Education program. One course is on the business of greeting card design, the other course is on art licensing basics. Here are the links to the classes:


Greeting Card Design Tuesdays Jun 7 – Aug 9 This class is called Greeting Card Design but it really is about much more than that – it’s a great class for those of you who want to focus on producing and marketing actual products for sale.


Art Licensing Wednesdays Jun 15 – Aug 3 This class is great for those of you who want to develop/fine-tune your art brand and create presentations for licensing/publishing.


Having taken Cheryl Phelps’ class seven years ago when I first started my business in addition to a few other SVA courses over the past several years, I believe in the value of continuing education and have experienced first-hand how it can, indeed, enrich one’s life!


xoxo Joyce


Happy Valentine's Day! February 14, 2011 16:39

Today is the perfect day to send that special someone a kiwi and pear e-card. New designs just added!

Wishing you all a beautiful day full of love and laughs!
xoxo, Joyce

Kiwi & Pear's World Adventure App - The Reviews Are In! February 11, 2011 12:49

It has been 2 months since Kiwi and Pear made their debut on the iTunes and it's official, the critics love Kiwi and Pear’s World Adventure! Below are just a sample of the various reviews have been coming in about these adventurous monkeys and their trip around the world:


Best Apps for Kids: 5 out of 5 – “a wonderful early learning app that gives the youngest children a fun look at world geography. With adorable illustrations by Joyce Wan, good narration and bouncy music and you’ve got a must have app for preschoolers.”


The iPhone Mom: “Kiwi and Pear’s World Adventure does a great job taking preschoolers on a trip around the world. The graphics and interactions are appealing and the games are a very nice touch. I was impressed with the number of locations the monkeys manage to visit. This isn’t a budget vacation by any means.”


Digital Storytime: 4 out of 5 – “This is a fun little title that will stay on my iPod. It was a great help the last time I got stuck in line at Costco, in fact. I highly recommend it for the small screen.”



New Books Now Available for Pre-order on Amazon! February 8, 2011 02:47 1 Comment

There are still months to go before publication but You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together are now available for pre-order on Amazon! SO exciting! :D

Website Relaunch! February 7, 2011 10:59

I am so excited to present to you the relaunch of the wanart website! This overhaul was so long overdue. It's truly amazing how far technology has come in the last 5 years! I still remember staying up late into the wee hours of the night trying to figure out how to code each individual website page from scratch. I'm happy to say those days are over! Not only is the website more user-friendly but it is much more easier for us to update so we can make sure the website is always stocked with the latest wanart goodies! Thanks for all the support! xoxo, joyce

Badge Bomb launches new Kiwi and Pear licensed buttons/badges! January 26, 2011 12:44

I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Seattle-based Badge Bomb, an independent brand of button badges and magnets featuring the art of renowned illustrators, artists, and designers, to design a Kiwi and Pear branded set of buttons that have just been released!



I was so honored to see my buttons up there alongside other designers/brands that I TOTALLY admire such as Tokidoki, Kidrobot, Friends with You, Shanimals, Seltzer Goods, BoyGirlParty, Twinkie Chan and more!


You can order individual buttons from Badge Bomb directly, or if you are a retailer, you can set up a wholesale account with them to order the button boxes for your store!


I will have to do a give-away very soon to celebrate! That will have to wait for a bit as I am busy with last minute prep for the New York International Gift Fair which starts this Sunday! If you will be in town for the show, please drop and visit - I'll be in booth #2949! I've designed a new backdrop this year for my booth! Here's a sneak peak:



I'll post pictures from the booth as soon as we're all set-up. Wish me luck!


xoxo joyce ^_^



Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure iPhone/iPod Touch app has launched! November 9, 2010 10:41

Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure iPhone and iPod Touch app for children has finally launched! Learn more, read reviews, and download on the iTunes App Store



Based on my picture book Greetings from Kiwi and Pear and produced by Zephyr Games, Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure, is an interactive/animated storybook that follows the two lovable monkeys on their travels, and provides 3 additional fun mini-games for children to enjoy and learn basic geography - educational and fun!


View the promotional trailer here:


Join the Kiwi and Pear World Adventure Facebook fanpage to stay updated on the latest news.


Sneak preview of my book You Are My Cupcake November 2, 2010 13:26 1 Comment

I just received a sales sample of one of my books coming out next year with Cartwheel/Scholastic and I am over the moon with excitement! There is glitter on the cover!! What is better than a book with a sparkly pink cover??? Here is a sneak preview:



I can't believe I have to wait until August to share this book with the world!


2010 Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration October 24, 2010 21:29

I went to the Society of Illustrators 2010 Original Art Show opening reception last week and it was AMAZING! I urge all of you to check out the exhibit which is running to November 24th. There are about 130 original pieces on display. It was fascinating to see up close all the little details like brush strokes that the printing process doesn't always pick up. Some of the collage pieces also caught my eye because you could really see all the work that went into cutting all the layers of papers used in the piece. The highlight of my evening was meeting Eric Carle! We talked about his museum, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Amherst, Massachusetts, a place I have been dying to check out since I first heard about it. It was mentioned in his introduction that his book The Very Hungry Little Caterpillar has sold over 30 million copies worldwide - now that's mindblowing! He was at the show to accept a lifetime achievement award - I am still gushing!



Gold and silver medals were awarded to three chosen books representing a wide variety of medium and technique. Renata Liwska received this year's gold medal for her illustrations in The Quiet Book. Silver medals were awarded to Carson Ellis for her book Dillweed's Revenge and Dan Santat for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World).


Kiwi and Pear World Adventure iTouch/iPhone/iPad Application September 20, 2010 13:54 1 Comment

I've been working this past year with a company called Zephyr Games on an iTouch/iPhone/iPad application for kids based on my first picture book "Greetings from Kiwi and Pear".


The application, Kiwi and Pear World Adventure, will be a combination interactive storybook with 3 mini-games - both educational and fun! The app producer just posted the promotional trailer for the application. Join the Kiwi and Pear World Adventure Facebook fanpage to keep updated!



Greeting Card Course at The School of Visual Arts, NYC September 17, 2010 15:44 1 Comment


I just found out I will be teaching a continuing education class at the School of Visual Arts for the Fall semester! For any of you in the NY area who may be interested in creating/marketing/distributing your own greeting card/product line, this would be a great class to take! Classes start next Tuesday, September 21! The details are as follows:


Course title: Greeting Card Design Code: ILC-2797-A Meeting Day: Tuesday Start date: 9/21/10 End date: 12/7/10 Class hours: 06:30PM - 09:00PM Location: New York City


This course will prepare students for the design, production and marketing of greeting cards and gifts in the "social expression" industry. Drawing skills are required; however, emphasis will be on concepts and ideas. Products will include: greeting cards, wrapping paper, postcards, paper party goods and stationery. We will discuss concept development, contracts, pricing, copyright laws, mass-market sales, freelancing and public relations. Students will complete a mini-collection ready for marketing. Information for card and paper companies, printing demonstrations and an introduction to industry standards and materials will be included, as well as how to prepare finished artwork for printing production. NOTE: Please bring samples of your work to the first session.


I can offer students current, real-world advice on how to effectively manufacture, market, and distribute their own greeting card/product line as well as license their artwork to product manufacturers and the publishing industry.


Having taken this very course seven years ago in addition to a few other SVA courses over the past several years, I believe in the value of continuing education and have experienced first-hand how it can, indeed, enrich one’s life.


Click HERE for a link to the course on the SVA website. Hope to see you there!


xoxo joyce


More Reviews on Greetings from Kiwi and Pear September 8, 2010 17:29 1 Comment


Seems like my summer is ending with quite a bang! Three new wonderful reviews on my book Greetings from Kiwi and Pear just came in within the last few weeks. I provided excerpts for the first two reviews, to read the rest, click on the links to the blogs. For the third I posted the entire review as it went out in an email newsletter.


Michelle Smith from Cute Everything says: "My kids loved the book, reading it over and over, and would come and ask me, “Where’s the monkey book?” And I loved that they were learning about geography, with fun, simple rhymes."


Tee and Teagan from That's IT Mommy says: "Wan’s illustrative style is simple but eye catching. The two monkeys, Kiwi and Pear travel to far off places such as Paris and India to visit worldly landmarks."


Author & Award-Winning Storyteller Dianne de Las Casas from The Story Connection says: "This is a cute and cuddly book about friendship. Kiwi and Pear are two adorable, inseparable monkeys. They travel around the world, visiting a Mayan ruin in Mexico, boating down the Amazon in South America, biking in front of the Eiffel Tower in France, riding through Venice on a gondola, and visiting many other exotic locales. But of course, no matter how far away they roam, there’s no place like home… I am in love with Kiwi and Pear. The simple rhyme scheme makes the story accessible to little ones while the colorful art and precious monkeys make the book accessible to everyone. The book even comes with stickers and a fold-out world map. It’s a perfect book to start the school year with – a combination of social studies and science all wrapped in the irresistible gift of friendship. Although this is Joyce Wan’s first picture book, she has been in the gift industry for years. In fact, Kiwi and Pear began their journey as greeting cards. You can even send a free email greeting card right from the Kiwi and Pear website!"


Thanks Michelle, Tee & Teagan and Dianne!


Hope you all are enjoying your final days of summer. Wishing all the little kiddies well as they head back to school! :)


xoxo joyce


The New York Gift Fair Summer 2010 August 21, 2010 15:37 4 Comments

I'm back from the New York International Gift Fair and have been happily revelling in post-show bliss. For the first time in a couple of months I feel like I can breathe. I even played hookie yesterday and spent the day walking around New York City! (shhhhhhhhh)


The show was great and the overall mood was upbeat. One of my booth neighbors even reported that it was their best show ever! Things are definitely picking up and that's good news for everyone. Here are some of my pics from the show:


New York Gift fair Empty Booth I forgot to take a picture of the booth before I started setting up but I took one of the booth across so you can see what we have to work with. Not much thats for sure! A day and a half later....


Voila!! The Wanart booth at the New York International Gift Show Summer 2010. The shelves on the sides which I painted to match my other furniture are from Clear Solutions. The backdrop is a vinyl banner I ordered from Echod Graphics. The rest of the furniture is from Ikea and Target. The foam flooring (I don't recommend doing shows without them - after 4.5 days of standing, your feet will thank you) is from Soft and Safe Floors.


Detail shot of the left side of the booth. Detail shot of the right side.


wanart booth nyigf year of rabbit card I made little signs and posted them around the booth to highlight certain items.


wanart booth nyigf joyce wan ME! Someone at the show that day told me that my cupcake dress looked yummy!


wanart nyigf teresa kietlinski prospect agency One of the highlights of the show was the day my agent Teresa Kietlinski of Prospect Agency visited me with her daughter. What fun we had!


wanart nyigf pigeon On one of the days I even spotted a pigeon on a buying trip! He didn't buy anything from me though.


In terms of actual sales taken at the show I can say I've had better. Although, if a couple of the leads I met at the show pan out - it could be my best show ever! That's one of the great things about these shows - you just never know who you're going to meet. It was this very show where I first met my publisher of Greetings from Kiwi and Pear, Blue Apple Books, a couple of years ago. With exposure comes opportunities - that's what I always say! Now I have to switch gears once again and get back into working on some of these book ideas I have been developing. Can you believe Fall is right around the corner?


xoxo joyce