It's a new month and we are ready for warmer weather, brighter colors and one-of-a-kind prints. Today, we released two new Ella Fit tees in neon mint and orchid that were hand-illustrated by Kendra Dandy. It is our first time collaborating with an outside artist and these personalized Ivory Ella elephants—with a more mature and whimsical look—are a project we are proud of. As her website states, Dandy is known for her surface patterns, fashion illustrations, beauty illustrations and more.
As a brand, we want to push the limits and continue to create looks that can be celebrated, styled and customized by our many elephant lovers. Much like these prints, we challenge you to be bright, be bold and always BE YOU! #ivoryellalifestyle
To further celebrate this collab, we interviewed the artist herself. This question and answer session offers a unique perspective into Kendra Dandy's creative process:
KD: I just combine elements I like and experiment with colors until I find something that works.
KD: I draw whenever I have ideas, take pictures/screenshots of things that spark an idea or write it down on my phone if I can’t sketch at the time.
KD: Yes, they are often referred to as surface patterns. I use a variety of materials from markers to paint when I hand draw and also my iPad for digital drawings where you can use the tools that resemble physical art materials. When I do a design, I pick something I want to try and work with it until I like the result.
KD: I've always liked to draw from a young age, the challenge was finding a way to make it into a career. When I began to get attention from large brands and retailers I knew then that it was possible to make it into a career.
KD: It’s pretty cool to see things I’ve drawn turned into real products that exist for people to buy all over the world.
KD: I try to bring a small sketchbook and pen, but I don’t always remember to. If I forget, I just use my phone to take pictures or to write it down in the notes app.
KD: It’s important to try new things so I usually try to do that whenever the mood strikes to keep things fresh.
KD: I just hope people enjoy it and interpret it however they wish.