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.

September 21, 2011

Talavera Pottery Inspiration

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.

Talavera pottery was brought to Mexico by the Spanish during colonial times. The craft technique flourished in Mexico because of the wide availability of clay in some areas. The pottery we see today is a unique marriage of traditional Spanish techniques and indigenous ceramic techniques. The pictures above depict some of the pottery we saw on our Mexico trip. Make sure to check out all of our beautiful Talavera inspired pieces.


August 31, 2011

Día de los Muertos Tee

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.

Here are some of our favorite festive sculls from our Mexico trip. It’s kind of funny because right before we decided on Destination Mexico I read a trend report saying how skulls were the huge t-shirt graphic trend for the year.  I thought “gross, we’ll never do skulls.” Well here you are!  I hope its a little more fun and festive than other skull tees.

Tea’s Día de los Muertos Tee

August 24, 2011

Behind the Design: Taco Trucks

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.

In Mexico we mostly saw taco carts (below), but back here in San Francisco we see more taco trucks.  We love all food trucks so much so that we even  have huge events that center around them.

The Sanguchon Peruvian Sandwich Truck (above) recently moved into our neighborhood and is a huge hit amongst Tea employees.

For our Taco t-shirt (below), we decided to draw and create our own taco truck, and pay tribute to taco carts of Mexico by referencing their fonts, style and colors.

super tacos truck shirt

Now for the never-ending question – which San Francisco food truck will I eat lunch at today?

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.