Creating art. Inspiring wanderers.
What started as a personal reminder to get up and outside has grown into a mission to inspire others to step away from routine, to experience this incredible world and try new things. It won’t look the same for everyone – volunteer in your community, roadtrip with a friend, enjoy a new hobby – but the important thing is to live with intention, exploring and experiencing a little more whenever you can.
The purpose is simple: create original, accessible artwork that stirs your wandering spirit or sense of curiosity. Much of my work involves the great outdoors, landscapes real and imagined, as nature has always provided inspiration and soothing restoration.
Handmade outside Philadelphia
Every piece sold by Rise + Wander has been handmade here in my home studio in the Philly suburbs. Both printmaking and papercutting are particularly tactile labors of love, and each piece is an original with a direct artist connection. I'm excited to share these with you!
R+W donates a portion of every sale to charitable organizations.
I love to support the amazing organizations creating positive change in our communities and around the world. I periodically pick organizations to support through donating a portion of sales - some might be familiar and some might be lesser known do-gooders I'm excited to help. Generally, the organizations focus on environmental conservation, women's issues, or education.
About the Artist
Hello! I'm Aftyn Shah, the self-taught artist behind the prints and papercuttings. I grew up a compulsive doodler through high school, and even started painting in college, but art as any kind of career was never in my early plans. I ultimately went into government work and then strategy consulting in Washington, DC after college, with long days of creating PowerPoint and endless briefings. In late 2013, a car accident changed everything, eventually leading my family to seek quieter living in St. Louis and me to explore my creativity again as art therapy.
Rise + Wander started as a personal reminder for me to get up and get outside. My hope is that through my art I'm able to create beautiful and whimsical images that inspire others to do the same.
My family now lives outside Philadelphia, where I work from my home studio. While not creating, we spend a lot of time outside on walks and hikes, exploring both the city and the beautiful green spaces nearby. Rise + Wander is definitely a family effort, with lots of support and help (and hugs) behind the scenes!