Yep, We're hiringin our head offices! If you're fun loving- but go getting... If you're truly good with people, you like serving a biggervision and you can easily get down with the nitty-gritty details of what that means... If you're not afraid of newplaces and even less afraid of paperwork and software... we might have a place for you to feel right at home. We think we're a pretty great place to work. We offer comprehensive benefits, a casual and accountable workplace, a lunch chef named Margaret, competitive wages, and warehouse scooters. We're looking for long range people who fit the bill.
Here's the Deets: PAPAYA! is recruiting talented sales people for a position based in Medford, Oregon office. This is both an inside, office sales and domestic traveling position year round. We are seeking motivated, energized and passionate people to fulfill long-range, lifestyle-brand goals. Ideal candidates have strong relationship-building skills, developed communications skills, understanding of service practices and the ability to think strategically. Must be able to travel a great deal and problem solve from any location & work closely with others. Prior knowledge of PAPAYA! Inc and a passion for its product is a plus.
Bachelor’s degree (preferred)
1-4 yrs successful sales or other professional service work experience
Excellent time management, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills.
Must be in good health for travel and demanding show schedules
Must be available for ongoing travel timelines
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs (required at trade shows)
A technical aptitude- computer software is an important part of this position
Must be able to provide a professional, warm and composed appearance
Must live or relocate to Southern Oregon area. Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass etc. (It's awesome here)
Overall positivity, energy and vigor to represent PAPAYA!
Sound like you? email firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume. Please include information about yourself so we know a little more about your personality. Because this position requires team travel and in house cooperation, a good personality fit is as essential as good work experience. *Also please note: Resumes and inquiries should NOT be directed to our flagship boutique. Also: This position is not affiliated with the design team at PAPAYA! and is not a creative role, but a supportive and important one.
Finally putting this painting I did while in Mexico last winter- to good use for PAPAYA! It's mostly acrylic on paper. Which is a great trick if you're traveling btw. You can use lots of big, high quality papers and then just roll them up and take them home for transport. I don't like having to unstretch and restretch canvas all that much. I usually ship them whole when possible. So paper is a great option. Anyhoo... I love the massive lillies of Mexico, and we bought as many as we could carry in the market. I used a reference of a womans face from an old hispanic photograph, found in the home we stayed in. (Complete with art studio! Thanks to Flora Bowley) It feels good to be getting these pieces dialed in for upcoming collections. Need to get back in the studio for more!
I have been given a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Portland, Keep a Breast Foundation Art Benefit on October 18th at ADX. The foundation is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and early detection through some very progressive mediums and outreach. This batch of breast casts for the Portland show is curated by artist extraordinaire, Blaine Fontana of Fontana Studios . They provided the gorgeous body casts to 12 artists. I was really inspired by the cast itself. I really wanted to keep the focus of my piece about the mission itself. Having a real body cast of a real womans breasts was both inspiring and central to what moved me. What could be better on boobs...than boobs? And I loved the ceramic like quality that emerged as I added layers to it. I also wanted to keep it soft, pretty...healing. Imagining where a piece like this may end up was important to me. A survivor, a breast cancer-effected family member, organization or clinic? It was import ant that the cast felt like an honoring of this. So that's why it's quite simple. It felt like a calming piece of artwork that could easily join someone on a breast cancer journey. The inside has a pressed flower stem and it reads, "love who you are". Please come to the benefit event if you can or visit Keep a Breast to get involved.
Back in the saddle over here. Changing hats and getting back to the making part of my life. And it feels great. I feel like locking myself in until a new line up is done. Just like so many other people right now I am loving neutrals. My house has accidently taken on this wood, white and grey tone throughout. And I'm wanting the same thing in my pieces. Trouble is years of working deep in color has taken a toll. And I'd never give it up, but I'm enjoying a more massaged realtionship to it. It takes more time to be subtle. And as our lead designer at PAPAYA! always says: "It's hard to do simple- well." I feel that our relationships with color evolve. At least it is certainly true for artists. I used to adore bold contrast and now the subtle transitions feel more valuable to me. I like the quieter tones. Maybe life now is just less about getting energized and more about balance. I see it in trends too. How many of us just want calming rooms and stores are becoming more deconstructed, handmade and local? There's such a need to hush. And I'm bringing an old favorite word back. One we had in our very first group of cards 12 years ago. BEGIN. It' such a good word and means so many things. Wishing you hushed moments, and soft resolution. (This image will be part of our PAPAYA! collection in winter 2015.)
Had to repost this fun news from the PAPAYA! blog. A wonderful feature about Ashland, Oregon that includes a great shot of our flagship boutique, PAPAYA! Living in the September issue of Sunset Magazine. We're so proud of both our town and our boutique and this is just such a gem to share them on the page. Thank you Sunset Magazine...
Part of today's creative handiwork. TRUST> I make these inspired pretty much from the feeling they give me while I'm working. And there's no way of escaping the personal themes while making artwork. I use artwork and the muses I create to remind myself more than anyone. Trust here is just my reminder to take little moments to check in with myself and calm the busy life and mental storm as often as I can.
Last week I took some time to get painting for the Family's upcoming restaurant opening, Brickroom. (Opening August 8th 2014) I wanted to make mostly abstract work with lots of blues and whites. With so much red brick I was hoping to funk it up with the contrasting hues and create a sophisticated batch of paintings but that would also, hopefully make the place feel relaxed too. So I tried to channel some Cy Twombly and get into the canvases. So much fun! (please forgive these pics. I really need to repair my camera!)In about four days I was able to complete the two six foot canvases and they are already hanging on the restuarant walls. The place really soaked them up despite their size. Hoping to add two more when the time permits. I also hope to play with friends next time to help them create some handmade works for their offices and homes. Xoxoxo...
As some of you may know my Brother & Mother are opening a beautiful restaurant & bar. BRICKROOM is in one of Ashland, Oregons most important historic buildings. It's a gorgeous space and I have been honored to help with design choices and some of the design elements along with our talented designer Ms Sarah Jackson. These beautiful coasters came in last week that we created and I think they are just so pretty. It's been so fun to think in a different mind set and aesthetic for this project. And I cannot wait for opening day. You can now follow along with BRICKROOM on Instagram and Facebook to stay tuned for opening details and special promotions coming soon. Ps. Check out this amazing sneak peek- this light fixture was commissioned by an old friend of mine, Ben Pederson. A skilled artist and woodworker from Portland,, Oregon. This is looking directly up at the hand carved, madrone sculpture! All these beautiful pictures by my brother, Eli Katkin.
Ever since my month in Mexico this winter (here & here) I've been having a love affair with the Serape. We even used them in our recent PAPAYA! photo shoot. (see it above?) I've dragged mine to the beach, around the yard, and debated cutting them up for pillows! Luckily we are getting a fresh batch of these traditional, Mexican beauties at PAPAYA! Living next week. It's 100 degrees here in Southern Oregon and I can't think of a better time than jalapeno margaritas and these pretty blankets in the shade for a dinner party or just relaxing! Xoxox...
I am the founding artist of PAPAYA! and our flagship, PAPAYA! Living Boutique in Ashland, Oregon, USA. This is my persuit of creative abandon. I'm here to share my artwork, inspiration, travels and lifestyle. To learn more visit the tabs at the top of this blog. Xoxox...