First up is Elizabeth Graeber, a visual artist who I've been following ever since she covered Edible DC in bright, beautiful watermelons the summer of 2015. Her planters caught my eye at last year's Crafty Bastards market -- I took one home that's shaped like a woman's face, with her features carved out of the ceramic and a small spider plant poking out where her hair would be. It never fails to make me smile.
Elizabeth's work spans so many different disciplines -- she's a print-maker and a published author, a wallpaper designer and a ceramicist -- that I can't help but be in awe not only of her production capacity, but also of the humor and wonder she never fails to bring to the table (check out her New York Times Bestseller, A Field Guide to Redheads).
Read on for more information about Elizabeth and her work!
What inspired you to start your line of products?
I work as a freelance illustrator doing commissions. I started making books/ zines/prints and ceramics a few years ago to sell in my shop. Making things for my shop is a fun way to try new materials and experiment with new ideas.
Tell me about the philosophy behind your brand.
I like to make work that makes people happy. I use a lot of color, pattern and fun imagery.
Who are some of your local women crushes?
Everyone at The Lemon Bowl.
What makes the DC creative community special to you?
I like how DC is small and there is always something new.
Why is fundraising for N Street Village important to you?
I'm happy to help and this is a fun way to do it!
What are some other causes that are close to your heart?
Nature and the environment. I have a new print of butterflies for sale in my shop (available here), and am donating part of the sales to the Nature Conservancy.