Inspiration of the Confidence Collection: Behind the Scenes with Ann Wilson
Thank you for your overwhelmingly positive response over one of my recent bog posts. Because of your encouragement, this project has come about - the Confidence Collection. Here at MFF, we're big believers in finding confidence in oneself - whether that be through travel and exploration, spending time with loved ones, or wearing just the right piece of jewelry that makes you feel like dynamite. Inspired by this value, I approached a dear friend of mine, Ann Wilson, to hand-letter a few of my favorite phrases and sayings. Ever since I began this entrepreneurial journey, I've learned how absolutely important it is to have a #tribe of people who encourage and support you. Any time I've felt down on myself, a text, phone call, or even snail mail letter from a friend or family member has reminded why I do what I do. These prints are a result of those texts and calls - these are the words that have kept me going. Ann is also a big believer in believing in oneself. It was the perfect pairing. So, in light of that pairing, we've put together a fun little Q&A so you can get to know the artist behind the watercolors. Without further ado...
Mary Frances: Where are you from/where do you live?
Ann Wilson: I am originally from the great city of Columbus, GA. I now call Atlanta (A-Town, ATL, Hotlanta, Atlanna) my home.
MF: How did you and MFF meet?
AW: Who is MFF? Lol, JK. Fru and I became friends freshman year of high school. Our friendship blossomed when we were both in the Brookstone Musical.
[MF: It's worth noting that my family, as well, as a very few handful of hometown friends call me "Fru," a nickname my dad coined when I was young that never went away. Ann is one of those people. Also, yes I was in every musical available in my 4 years of high school. I can't sing a note, but if you ever want to see me dressed as a horse from Man of la Mancha, hit me up.]
MF: When did your love of art/hand-lettering begin?
AW: Hmmmm... Good Q. I've always had really good handwriting and I minored in studio art in college. I had a college friend ask me to address her wedding envelopes and the rest was history. In addition to calligraphy, I started hand-lettering because I love using watercolor paints and thought I would 'try my hand' at lettering with them. (Get it? Try my hand... Hand-lettering? Nailed it.)
MF: Where do you find inspiration?
AW: My goodness! Everything! Honestly, I probably draw most of my inspiration from quotes and things on Pinterest, Facebook, and IG. I want to make people feel good by reading my quotes/lettering... Or for people to at least say "yes!" when they see my work.
MF: What is your ideal Saturday?
AW: Man I love Saturdays! It would probably consist of early morning (like 9 am) yoga, coffee, errands, and hanging with my peeps.
MF: What’s playing in your car right now?
AW: Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, Hozier, Leon Bridges, TimPermanent
MF: What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
AW: @jenmanship is by far my favorite letterer to follow- she is amazing. Also, @annettelabedzki. In addition to them, I love following all of the amazing Columbus artists: @luliewallace, @katewadellart, @teilart, @eringregoryart
MF: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?
AW: Budapest. For sure. They have so many different museums and monuments I want to visit. I think the Holocaust Memorial Center would be at the top of my list.
MF: What is the best advice you’ve ever received and from whom?
AW: So my boss is amazing, and he ALWAYS has great advice. It is easy for me to get wrapped up in thoughts of comparison, envy, negativity... My boss told me that we cannot control our first thought, but we can control our second and third thoughts. It is impossible to stop something from popping into your head, but it is possible to make the choice to not pursue that feeling/idea.
MF: What is your spirit animal?
AW: I saw this meme the other day of a little girl with cheetos puffs in her purse... It's probably her.
MF: What is your favorite MFF piece?
AW: No doubt, my favorite piece is the Web Cuff. Its classic, it goes with everything, and it is BEAUTIFUL.
Now, we're starting small with this Confidence Collection. For now (for the holiday season), we have framed and/or unframed art prints available in extremely limited quantities from Ann Wilson. Each print was hand-letter in Atlanta and printed in North Carolina - we're staying all local here. Hopefully, in the future, this collection will grow. Stay tuned.
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