BARN OWLS AND HOLLYHOCKS: Handprinted Eco-Friendly Wallpapers

March 7, 2016

Portland, OR-based artisanal wallpaper studio Juju Papers is set to debut a new series of handmade wallpapers titled Barn Owls and Hollyhocks, designed by artist Carson Ellis.  The collaboration with Ellis, known nationwide for her children’s book illustrations, is a first for Juju Papers, which recognized the artist as a kindred spirit.  Comprised of one pattern in a total of four metallic colorways, Barn Owls and Hollyhocks depicts the namesake birds and flora in an allover motif that nods to Art Nouveau but is distinctly modern. The series is available to consumers through Juju Papers’ website, from select design stores and wallpaper showrooms, and through design professionals for residential and hospitality applications.


The pattern portrays owls, hollyhocks, butterflies, leaves and tendrils in four metallic two-tone colorways: Gold on Cream, Silver on Cream, Gold on Charcoal, and Rose Gold on Cream. Each roll is screen printed by hand in small batches with water-based ink.  The papers are coated with natural clay to enhance wipeability and durability, and are mildew-resistant.  The studio offers bespoke services, and all papers may be specified in custom colors.


Ellis had recently moved from the woods of Linnton in deep northwest Portland to a small farm in the suburbs, a transition that initially proved difficult. Finding, attempting to save, and ultimately losing an ailing juvenile barn owl on the property eventually helped her move towards love and acceptance for her new home. When she and her family converted a small room in the new house to a library, she was moved to design her own wallpaper. Revisiting the barn owls, she added her farm’s beloved hollyhocks to complete the charming design.


All Juju papers are manufactured from responsibly sourced pulp paper using chlorine-free fiber, and certified as such by every major forestry stewardship association.


Carson Ellis is a celebrated American illustrator and painter. She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, and has illustrated a number of children’s books, including NY Times bestsellers Home, for which she is also the author, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, and The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket. She has also collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, on The Wildwood Chronicles.



Spirited by artist Avery Thatcher, Juju offers lighthearted graphic motifs that blend spare modern elements with vintage whimsy.  Juju means ascribing magical powers to inanimate objects, most commonly objects in one’s home. Avery went to a few juju houses in West Africa fifteen years ago, and when the time came to name her company, the word was at her fingertips. Good juju. Thatcher obtained a BS in Art in 1999, then moved to Portland in 2001 in order to pursue the Portland dream of cheap rent, a thriving underground music scene, and the ability to travel: in Africa, Asia, and South America. She also worked in the art departments of such Portland creative outfits as Laika, Michael Curry Design, Bent Image Labs, and Murmur Creative during this time. She founded Juju Papers in 2010. All of these experiences contribute to Juju’s signature style, which combines the raw, hand-drawn look of outsider art with an elegant and approachable touch, all marked by sophisticated craftsmanship and unparalleled quality.

Suggested retail prices: $200/roll.



Media Contact:
Avery Thatcher