May We Fly

Tell us about what you do.

I'm a designer and illustrator with a little shop called May We Fly. The stationery and artwork I create is made to share those things that resonate with us all; glimpses of beauty, natural rhythms, every day wonders. I believe in crafting beautifully made products and am continually working to develop my style and technique. Most of my products begin as an original watercolor painting, but I also enjoy drawing with pen and using the computer to create some of my illustrations. My background is in architecture, and my style reflects that. It is minimal, crisp, and sophisticated, but I always strive to maintain a sense of playfulness to give my work a fresh, unique quality.


What’s your favorite thing about your creative process?

I love every step of the creative process, but my favorite part is the very beginning. There tends to be a moment when an idea just pops in, usually when I least expect it. I've created entire series of paintings based on those momentary flashes of inspiration, and I tend to trust them because I think they come from that part of me that is truly the most creative.


How do you prepare your business for holiday season?

Over the years I've learned that preparing for the holidays begins in the summer. I've learned this lesson the hard way, coming late to the game with holiday products and stressing myself out over fulfilling orders at the last minute. Every year I learn something new, but I think the key is really starting early. 


Do you have any other projects that you are excited about aside from your primary medium? 

In addition to painting, I also work with pottery. I love making functional pieces on the pottery wheel (plates, bowls, mugs, etc.) and am currently working on a set of dishes. 


What has been the best advice you have received in regard to running a creative business?

Focus on the "why" before the "what."

What’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you!

Ever since I made a papier-mache penguin in 7th grade I've been in love with penguins. If I could have one as a pet, I would.  


To see more of Leana's work visit her Instagram or Website.

Grace Gulleymeet the maker