About


Wildship Studio

WILD
1.   living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated
 
-SHIP
1.    indicating state or condition: fellowship
2.   indicating rank, office, or position: lordship
3.   indicating craft or skill: horsemanship ; workmanship ; scholarship

Who We Are

Wildship Studio is a Michigan-based studio that creates illustrated paper goods and products for those craving adventure and explorationFounded by illustrator BreeAnn Veenstra, we are fueled by a curiosity for life and nature.

Each product is designed to embrace your inner wild while bringing you closer to the outer wild. We’re all about finding kinship between your fellow human, flower, and beast, and discovering those moments of unbridled beauty within us and around us. That is what we call Wildship.

Portrait of BreeAnn Veenstra, the artist behind Wildship Studio

Wildship Studio is an illustration & design studio for the wild at heart.

Founded by BreeAnn Veenstra and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

We create designs for the perpetual explorers and the curious-hearted.


We celebrate the curious, the unruly, those free-spirits taken by the wind; and those who wander without reason.

BreeAnn Veenstra drawing in her studio
Paint palette

The Journey

It began with a curious child and a crayon. Or maybe it was a marker, but either way it had the power to create magic on blank paper. It was love at first scribble.

Those scribbles turned into lines and then, with practice, into drawings of wildlife and animals dancing on paper. Fast-forward through a couple of decades and a degree in illustration later, and BreeAnn had sprouted from child to artist with the ever-present drive to tell stories and celebrate nature through illustration.

Then, equipped with freelancing experience, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a little black wolf logo, Wildship Studio officially launched in 2013. It began as a custom wedding invitation studio, but after designing some pretty rad invitations for some pretty adventurous couples, BreeAnn discovered a hunger to explore other avenues of illustrated paper goods and products. She started with high quality prints of her original paintings, and a small collection of stationery soon followed suit

In 2015, we debuted a modest but mighty product line for retail and wholesale. The collection of illustrated goods has been growing like wildflowers since.


About Wildship Studio
Plants and paintbrushes at Wildship Studio
Wildship Studio cat, Jinni, on her favorite chair

The Studio

Wildship Studio is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the city hums with a handcrafted vibe but the woods and lakeshore are never far. The plant-filled home studio doubles as a personal Wunderkammer (wonder cabinet) displaying sentimental artifacts and objects collected over years of adventures: rocks and stones from backpacking trips, chestnuts from the backyard tree, driftwood scavenged from glacial lakes, family heirloom trinkets, and plenty more.

 

The Process

BreeAnn Veenstra designs all products by starting with hand painted original works. These are drawn and painted in gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink, often using one of her favorite tools: a traditional dip/nib pen passed down from her grandfather. It has a habit of making the most beautiful marks, and reminds her that there is often as much grace in imperfections (if not at times more so).

 

We're Eco-Friendly

We’ve got mad love for the earth and source environmentally-friendly and sustainable materials whenever possible. Our paper products are printed locally by BreeAnn herself on FSC® certified and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ papers, and our envelopes contain 30% post-consumer waste. Our shipping mailers are made from recycled materials and can go right back in the recycling stream when you’re done with them. Even our packing tape is plant-derived and biodegradable!


Designed especially for the animal-hugging and nature-loving spirit, our environmentally-friendly products allow you to explore a piece of the outdoors even when you’re indoors.

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