meet lillian of lillian farag
WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
Hi! I’m Lillian. I’m an artist and textile designer living in Brooklyn, NY!
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
I wear a few hats actually. I create hand painted and illustrated artwork for licensing and work with like minded brands on collaborations for the home and fashion industry. I also have line of really fun hand painted leather accessories and handbags.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A MAKER?
I started off as a surface print designer working in the fashion industry for many years before breaking off on my own and producing my own products. I’ve always loved working with my hands and I wanted to start creating products that I felt passionate about. I love painting and working with different materials. My painted leather line started when I merged my love of painting with my love of leather accessories. It felt like a natural progression but there has been a lot of experimentation.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
I offer a unique product that in a sense is wearable art but has durability. I have always invested in leather because it is meant to last so I love working with this medium. I don't take myself that seriously and I try to have fun with designing my products. I love color and funky motifs and I have been known to use accents of glitter here and there. Yes, even on leather!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK SPACE.
My workspace is my favorite place to spend time in. It's not big, its not organized but its a place I can use for inspiration and quiet my mind. Its bright and sunny which is the main reason I feel so inspired working there. I have a large white wall that is Its typically covered with seasonal inspiration images weather that be color chips, paper shapes, photos or fabric pulls. I am a collector of all materials, so when I decided it was time for a studio space I was also excited that all the fabric swatches and colored paper collections had a place to finally live. It makes such a different having all working materials at your fingertips at any given point.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS.
My leather products can be found on my website www.lillianf.com. I just launch a collaboration with Anthropologie for spring 2018 that includes bedding, wallpaper, travel accessories and throw pillows. Which you can find online and in stores right now! I have a few leather collaborations coming out this summer and one that just launched a few weeks ago with Oh Joy! The hot pink slithering snakes were designed exclusively for the new Oh Joy retail shop.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I’m originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007, I moved to New York and have been living here for a little over 10 years now.
WHAT IS MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
I’ve been getting excited to travel more lately! Last year I traveled to Japan and I hoping this year to go to Europe and do a little more exploring. I love finding inspiration in new places and experiencing new cultures and their traditions.
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would love to work with glass or glass blowing translate some painted designs onto dinnerware.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Both! I love coffee in the morning to get into the workday but I drink tea all day because I find the hot water helps to keep my day going and stay productive.
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Morning person :)
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO WHILE MAKING?
I love listening to Jazz music in the studio when I’m feeling upbeat and super productive. On other days I listen to podcasts on science and I love artist interviews.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- I’m a 1st generation American! I am ½ colombian ½ Egyptian and speak fluent spanish, not a lot of people know that about me.
- I went to a magnet art school for both middle school and high school.
- I don't have a favorite color (it is just too hard to choose one so I pick a fav color of the month).
- My friends would say I have a strange obsession with aliens or life on other planets and the universe, I think it's normal.