We recently collaborated with Anthropologie to produce several pieces for their Spring collection. Inspired by the oversized tropical plantlife, lush colors, and complex cultural tapestry that we encountered on our trip to Brazil last year, these designs happened to mesh perfectly with Anthropologie's Memorial-Day-getaway motif this Spring.
The Anthropologie folks were a pleasure to work with and we were absolutely thrilled to be asked to contribute.
Lise was recently asked by Design*Sponge to describe her creative process and share her favorite tools for design. The interview was published in their "What's in Your Toolbox" feature. The popular Design*Sponge blog has been called "Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials" by the New York Times.
Lise says, “The creative process is a funny, emotional roller coaster ride, and I try to show up and hang on to my hat and enjoy the ride. The more often I show up, the more things happen; it’s wonderful in that way.”
This month Lise was asked to be guest expert for Pattern Observer's Women’s Activewear workshop. She provided feedback and guidance through PO's private forum and also shared her perspective on the textile industry in an interview published by the popular textile and pattern design blog.
She says "Patterns that are textural and dynamic and yet very wearable typically are the most salable, because they're easy to wear and can go from the studio to the grocery store without looking like you're on your way to an exercise class. I think the global tribal influence is still strong especially for the swim side of the activewear market, whereas some of the more techno influences in the industry are popular for running and other sports."
Up and coming Brazilian designer Luisa Farani has used our design for her charming kids wear collection, created especially for Brazil's Dias das crinças (Kids' Day), exclusively for fashion retailer Ortiga.
Design consultant Khristian Howell’s marvelous book, Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design, a book of tips, tutorials, and inspiration for pattern makers, has just come out. We were asked to contribute our own design exercise, and our work also appears in a chapter on studying the successful collections of others. Khristian says, “The Sisters Gulassa create pure magic with their eclectic collections. They have a wonderful gift for threading patterns together with a common theme, color story, or style that is always dynamic and intriguing.”