Author Archives: katy

About katy

Katy designs graphics and textiles for Tea and is a self-proclaimed wildlife conservationist. She loves discovering beautiful things and finding inspiration in unexpected places. When she is not working on one of her too many creative projects she enjoys rollerblading to musicals, pretending she can surf and watching Disney movies. Katy has traveled around the globe to work with creatures that have lost their homes to rainforest destruction. Her most memorable trip was to Malaysian Borneo working with orphaned orangutans, next up is sloths in Costa Rica, and hopefully one day Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.

August 22, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Awkward Family Photos

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

I love the Awkward Family Photos blog! It’s hysterical. My favorite part is how familiar they all feel.

I just uploaded the above photo to their site.  It’s my family vacation in Disney World. On the previous trip to Disney world, my sister Jenny (far right) got lost while chasing down Cinderella. These matching shirts were my mom’s plan to keep track of all of us. We all had 2 of these shirts and wore them for the entire vacation. I was almost ten and far to cool to be seen in matching outfits. Everyone kept thinking we worked on It’s A Small World (mortifying).

Jenny, a.k.a. Cinderella stalker, must have taken this photo because she’s not actually in it. I added her in photoshop a few years ago.

August 15, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: My Mom, the Style Icon

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

Have you seen the blog “My Mom, the Style Icon“?  Amazing! It really makes me want to go through all my mom’s old photos – the ones I made fun of as a kid. Please share your favorite pictures of your moms!

ps Fellow San Francisco company Chronicle Books just released the My Mom, the Style Icon book.

August 12, 2011

Inside Studio T: Telephant

Every Friday we share a weekly behind-the-scenes photo taken in our offices at Tea.This could be anything – great employee outfits, our sources of inspiration, shots from our parties, or photos of us hard at work. For more sneak peeks behind the scenes at Tea click here.

The very first season I worked at Tea was for Japan.  The designers brought back this shirt for inspiration and it remains one of our favorites. I have it hanging on the board right across from me so I can always see it! It makes me happy. Can you see the influence in our boys’ graphic tees?

August 10, 2011

Mariachi in Mexico City

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. For more Behind the Designs click here.

We loved the vibrant patterns and fun designs of these Mexico City boats. We couldn’t resist going on a boat ride and we obviously had to hire our own mariachi band. We requested a female singer, which is less common (pictured above). A good time was had by all! This experience inspired our Mariachi en Barco Tee.  We hope you enjoy!

August 5, 2011

Inside Studio T: Cosmic Dresses

Every Friday we share a weekly behind-the-scenes photo taken in our offices at Tea.This could be anything – great employee outfits, our sources of inspiration, shots from our parties, or photos of us hard at work. For more sneak peeks behind the scenes at Tea click here.

Letty & Isabelle’s outfits looked so cute together we had to share…

Letty’s dress from: Osei-Duro

Isabelle’s dress from: Madewell

 

August 3, 2011

Otomi Embroidery

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. For more Behind the Designs click here.

mexican otomi embroidery puebla

We found this amazing Otomi embroidery in Puebla; it inspired our gorgeous embroidered Puebla Jacket.  The back of the embroidery is totally gorgeous as well.  Check it out!

back of otomi embroidery puebla

check out more Otomi embroidery over on our pinterest board

July 29, 2011

Inside Studio T: Flowers and Cacti

Every Friday we share a weekly behind-the-scenes photo taken in our offices at Tea.This could be anything – great employee outfits, our sources of inspiration, shots from our parties, or photos of us hard at work. For more sneak peeks behind the scenes at Tea click here.

vintage photo effect courtesy of instagram (very popular amongst tea employees)

There always seems to be pretty flower and plant arrangements floating around this office.  These guys have been sitting down by the lunch table this week.  Aren’t they sweet?


July 27, 2011

Nahual – Find Your Animal Spirit

mexican nagual or nahual spirt animal ceramic

all images from Nagual in the Garden: Fantastic Animals In Mexican Ceramics

The Nahual, pronounced [nah-wahl] is a mystical creature who acts as a spiritual guide in many Mesoamerican religions. While every person has a nahual, they need to seek out their spirit animal to connect with it.  Many believe the way to find your nahual is to find a isolated and peaceful place to sleep, and the animal that appears in your dream will be your spirit animal. The spirit animal can be any animal, or a mixture of animals.  It is often depicted as a lion-like creature with human features, like in the Mexican ceramics above.  We loved these creatures, so chose to make our nahual in a similar style.  We hope he’ll inspire you and your children to find your own animal spirit!

Nahual or Nagual - mexican spirit animal

Find your own spirit animal with Tea’s Equipo Nahual Tee.

July 20, 2011

Behind the Design: Amate Art and Tea

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. For more Behind the Designs click here.

Amate bark  paper-making is a Mexican craft that started in pre-hispanic Mexico. The craft risked being replaced entirely by more modern European paper production. When amate paper started getting attention from scholars, the Otami saw the opportunity to revive the craft. They began selling the paper in Mexico city where the Nahua poeple started a “new indigenous craft” by creating paintings with the paper.  Nahua paintings (above) are now one of the most popular crafts from Mexico.

amate art otami nahua mexico painting

images from Montgomery schools, Mexican Art Dealing

Our designers loved the style of this paper art, and you can see its influence all over our Modern Mexico collection!  The Amate Aves Raglan Dress (above) was inspired by this Mexican craft, as was the Amate Aves Layered Dress (below).

Finally, our sweet and subtle Mística Pajarito Tee which is perfect for Back to School layering over skirts, pants, or leggings.