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Meet the Artist: Emily Isabella

We’re so happy that you love our new artist-designed pullovers! In our next ‘Meet the Artist’ feature, we speak to Emily Isabella, the designer behind the charming Posy and Dot Pullover.

Emily Isabella is an illustrator, designer and self-professed dreamer. Through her work, she expresses the very idealism that she held as a child wandering her family’s prairie in Wisconsin, tapping into her imagination for better, greater things.

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1. Please give us a quick introduction. How did you become an artist, where do you live? Your likes and pet peeves, and anything you’d like to tell us about yourself.

I grew up in rural Wisconsin (think rolling hills, prairies full of wild flowers, lush forests) and I come from a family of artists; grandpa, dad and my mom. No one blinked an eye when I joined the ranks and made the decision to go to school for textile design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I started out freelancing in NYC right out of school in 2008 and relocated to Minneapolis a year ago. I have always dreamed of doing exactly what I do, so I feel very blessed.

I could (and do!) eat soup all day. Buttered toast is a delicacy in my house but I wish it wasn’t. If I weren’t a designer/illustrator, I would be a ballet teacher or maybe an herbalist or maybe an alien.

I think my biggest pet peeve is selfishness. If we thought more about others, most of the world’s problems would go away. I also don’t like when people are mean to bugs, especially ants.

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2. Can you tell us a little bit about the origin of this design?

One of my most inspirational friends asked me to design her first tattoo. She wanted something small and floral so I started drawing some flower shapes that reminded me of her. Then I happened upon a quote by Lao Tzu:

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character;
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

I used the flowers for a print, illustrating these inspirational words, which in turn transitioned to this design for Poketo! (I still have yet to finish her tattoo….whoops.)

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3. Please tell us about your favorite holiday memory.

Snowy Christmases! I couldn’t imagine a winter without snow. I have great memories of skiing out the back door of my parent’s house, tromping through snow, and investigating the animal tracks left behind…when you are out in the countryside, snow is magic.

This is a picture of me with my brother, on one of our many sledding excursions. I still remember the feeling of being bundled up like that.

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4. Tell us about your plans for this upcoming Holiday?

This year we will be spending the Holiday with the Italian side of my family in Chicago. There will be food, lots of food.

Below is a picture of my family spending Christmas at my grandparent’s house many years ago.

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5. Would you tell us some of your favorite items on Poketo.com that you’d love to receive for the Holiday?

Easy! I love the patterned pens and the gold Japanese brass bike bell. Also, the Abbesses ceramic set would be a dream come true…

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