Avery Thatcher of JUJU Papers
Leela Cyd
Dec 30, 2011
How do people live green in their everyday life? What motivates and inspires them? In Re-Nest's column, Creative People, Living Green, I interview interesting people I meet to find out their habits, thoughts, creative pursuits, business ventures, and green living wisdom.

Avery, lead designer at JUJU Papers, makes stunning, small-batch, eco wallpaper out of her Portland, Oregon studio by the river. Her travels throughout Africa and SE Asia inform the whimsical, edgy designs and color sensibility. In my dream pad, you can bet I'd have a room lined floor to ceiling with one of her most recent designs, a dark grey background with geometric, loopy metallic patterns. Join us for a studio visit and conversation. See more photos below.

Avery's road to creating her lovely, painterly wallpaper was indeed a winding one (who's isn't!?). After studying sculpture as an undergrad, Avery traveled extensively and was captivated at the ingenuity and creativity the cultures she visited. In South Africa, she saw local people making amazing wall hangings out of plastic trash bits, in Mozambique the hand-painted signage, dance and mishmash of European and African traditions coexisting in one place, in Indonesia, the ocean and natural beauty took her heart. When returning stateside, Avery bounced around jobs that utilized her natural artistic abilities, but it was starting her own business of boutique wallpapers that her creativity and style can really make a statement. The results are different than anything I've seen before, they have an edge to them — blending modern and natural forms.