Travels and Rock ‘n’ Roll Inform Typography Prints at The Oyster’s Pearl

June 18, 2014 | By | Comments (7)
The Oyster's Pearl / Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner / Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

The Oyster’s Pearl / Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner / Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Emily Weckesser’s curiosity about the world around her has taken her through Costa Rica and Nicaragua and around Russia and Scandinavia, just to name a few. But most recently it has inspired the name of her Fayetteville, West Virginia-based design and paper-goods shop The Oyster’s Pearl. Her custom-made typography prints feature travel-inspired sayings and some of her favorite lyrics from beloved Southern rockers like The Avett Brothers and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Prices range $16-$50;

The Name: “There is a quote by Italian film director Federico Fellini that says, ‘All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.’ I love the idea that art is created out of a person’s experiences, past, and relationships.”

The Beginning: “I’ve been an artist my whole life, but I really got my jump start when I got engaged and decided to tackle all the stationary and decor aspects of my wedding by myself. That’s when I carved out more of a niche in the wedding industry.”

The Inspiration: “When my husband and I designed our first home, we wanted personal touches to hang on the walls and to be able to get inspired by the art we surround ourselves with. A lot of the items in my shop are more emotionally driven designs with meaning. It’s so great to share that connection with my customers.”

The Materials: “I use a variety of high-end paper stocks for various projects; sometimes it’s a recycled cotton blend, other times a heavy card stock. All products are designed in my home workshop. The business has taken over the house—everything has merged into one big studio.”

The Options: “A good portion of my business is people who see things in my shop and ask ‘Can you do something in that style, but with this quote instead?’ I love to create unique orders for people and to personalize items with their names, dates, colors, and style preferences.”

The Favorite: “ ‘We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong’ really hits home with me. I spent a lot of time abroad and met my husband in Costa Rica. That quote speaks to the places I’ve been, the different cultures I’ve seen, and how it has shaped who I am now.”


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  4. Jenn

    This is great to see you featured here. I love your work and plan on ordering many more from the Oyster’s Pearl.

    June 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Outstanding, Emily!

    June 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm
  6. TenkerBell

    Its really tremendous design. Too nice job. Thank you for sharing with us.
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    June 19, 2014 at 9:41 am
  7. Claire

    Love to see a wild and wonderful WV artist featured on Southern Living! Almost Heaven, baby!

    June 19, 2014 at 8:19 am

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