From The Desk Of: Jane Parrott

Jan 26, 2017

We first met Jane when we were students at Bard College. Fast forward to 2017 and Jane, now an LA resident is the founder of Waves of White, a local lighting design studio. We sat down with her to find out what inspires her as a creative, and the little pleasures in life she can’t live without.

What’s on your desk?

Laptop, watercolor pad, notebook, pencil, a good erasure, India ink, small brush, lamp and two rocks I found at the beach. But more importantly what IS my desk? It’s a handmade, hand-veneered Walnut magic desk made by my friend Michele Diener, it’s the best thing I’ll ever own.

Fill in the blank: "I don't show up at a meeting without _________."

An idea or two

What's on your reading list?

‘Book of Longing’ by Leonard Cohen, ‘Girl in a Band’ by Kim Gordon, ‘On the Move: A Life’ by Oliver Sacks

What’s in your bag/always on your person?

Notebook and pen

I'd always... / I'd never...

I’ll always dream up new projects and get really excited about them / I’ll never get to them all

I'd write to... / I would love to get a letter from...

David Hockney

I'd pay good money for... / Wouldn't take even if free...

My dream workshop / Someone else’s luxury

I'm a true believer in... / Major skeptic about...

Wabi-sabi / "Winning" as a life goal

_____ always inspires / ______ totally sucks

The beach / Bad pizza

I'm getting better at... / I'm getting worse at...

Delegating / All nighters

I'll never give up _____ / Ehh, I'm kind of over _____

Stripes / Perfection

Describe your personal aesthetic in three words:

Primitive, pop and functional

What are your design inspirations?

Geometry textbooks, Modern Art, Bauhaus ethos, moments when the light shifts and you feel at home

How does one tap into their creative side?


What’s the motto/life philosophy/advice you live by?

Wait for the right wave

Share an insight on your life or life in general that you’ve discovered:

Resistance is a part of growth

When do you feel like you’re at your best?

9 am

What is a quote that inspires you:

Let criticism come and see what sticks

Describe a typical day at work:

Emails, check in at the wood shop (I’m also a part of the Offerman Woodshop collective), spend the rest of the day at the wood shop or in my studio

The vice you’ll never give up is __________.


Tell us about your latest printed project:

Not mine exactly, but I have a chapter in ‘Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at the Offerman Woodshop’ by Nick Offerman. My chapter is about how to make a table lamp from a slab of wood and some metal. The book is a glimpse into the wood shop community and how to make things, it has some funny stuff too.

What brought you to Paper Chase Press?

An excellent mutual friend

How often do you use printed goods to promote your business?

I use business cards often to quickly exchange info

What's the response like to these printed goods?

Great! My handsome Paper Chase cards always impress

What career moves and/or aspirations brought you to your current role?

Following whims and listening to what my body and soul really need

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