Emily Isabella, Creative

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do: A short blurb about who you are, what you love/your passions, and what you do.

I am a creative that specializes in textiles and hand-painted illustrations. I work and live from the studio my husband built for us on 15 acres. Small moments and inspirations from my life are directly reflected in my work. My designs have been applied to fabric, book illustrations, furniture, clothing, toys, cards, wallpaper and dishes for companies like Kate Spade, Anthropologie, Lazzari, Red Cap Cards, among others.

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    Where are you from and where do you call home now? 

    I grew up on 40 acres in WI and now I live in the Hudson Valley, north of NYC. I loved my childhood and chose to cultivate a similar lifestyle.

      Where did your love for flowers come from or what first drew you to flowers? 

      I grew up on a wildflower prairie, it was my playground. My mom had gardens devoted to flowers and taught me their names.

        The Qi chrysanthemum tea
        What are you working on at the moment (could be anything that’s personal or professionally)? 
          I like to slow down in January but this year my to-do list is long. We're working towards finishing our studio; when you do things yourself it takes time. But it's also important to take a break despite having a lot on your plate. This weekend I am making a pinata; I think I will fill it with dried flowers.

          What are some inspiring words you love and live by?
          “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." - Roald Dahl
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            What’s a daily ritual that’s made an impact in your life? 

                 I love getting dressed. I have been working from home for over 10 years and every morning I wake up and dress for my mood. This ritual helps motivate me, keep me grounded and productive.


                What are you drinking and eating currently?
                  It's winter and we've been working our way through stored produce from our garden. Sauteeing greens from the freezer and roasting squash are happy reminders of summer memories.
                    What brings you pure joy?


                      dancing rug
                      Who is someone that had the most impact in your life for the better? 
                        My parents.

                          Where do you find inspiration or what have you found super inspiring lately?

                          Travel, flea markets, museums are at the top of the list. This past year I have been finding inspiration closer to home; a walk in the field or a book from my collection.

                            Quick fire Q’s

                            Favorite affirmation?
                              • Keep it in perspective.
                              Favorite book?
                                • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
                                Favorite food to cook? 
                                  I love making broth from discarded bits of vegetables.
                                  Favorite city?
                                    • Tokyo
                                    Favorite movie?
                                      • Alice (Jan Svankmajer version)
                                      What is one advice you would tell your “younger self”?
                                        • Don't rush.
                                          flower prints by emily isabella
                                          You can learn more about Emily's work here --> emilyisabella.com


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