Flower Magazine January-February 2014
Artist Anna Bond must be something of an early bloomer. She and her husband, Nathan, have built a thriving business from the ground up in less than a handful of years. As the creative director of Rifle Paper Co., Anna oversees the product design of the stationery and gift brand that can be found in stores such as Paper Source, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and Liberty of London. She travels the globe, continually seeking out new inspiration, and blogs about it all along the way. And have we mentioned that she’s not yet 30?
|A series of prints. Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.|
Romantic and whimsical, Anna’s designs are carefully stylized and consistent in their palette of mostly pink, crimson, tangerine, olive, verdigris, and black. In addition to flowers, her designs include animals, insects, happy couples, motivational sayings, and the odd collection of hats or grooming tools. Think Little Golden Books and the work of children’s illustrator Eloise Wilkin blended with the quirky aesthetics of filmmaker Wes Anderson. Her designs feel modern, retro, youthful, and nostalgic, and are often personalized with expressive hand lettering.
And when she paints, she finds she’s most relaxed painting flowers— not the tropical flowers of Florida, but the woodsy flowers of her New Jersey home. “It feels very natural to me,” she says. “When I paint them I sometimes treat it like I’m at a flower market. I pick the flower colors and shapes, the leaf styles, the accent shapes, and then organically work to paint them all together like an arrangement.”
As for what’s up next for Rifle Paper Co., the team is working on a line of wallpaper in collaboration with Hygge & West, as well as an official wedding collection. Right now, the best sellers are calendars and phone cases. “Really useful things do the best,” she says. “I think that’s really important, when something isn’t just pretty, but also useful and functional.”