There's always a moment when we're recieving applications where we find someone and ask ourselves "How do we not know this person already?!" Emily Wong is one of those wonderful people, who's designs are right up our alley and who's business execution is on point. We're extremely excited to share her with y'all and feel like she's already secured a spot deep into the Feliz family.
Name: Emily Wong
Business: Emily Wong
Product: Modern home and children’s textiles, made in the USA.
Location: Austin, Texas
Astrological sign: Pisces
What you had for breakfast: oatmeal and coffee and pears
Hey Emily! We're so happy to add you to the Feliz family this year! Can you tell us a little about you and what you'll be bringing to Feliz this year?
I design original fabric prints based on watercolor artwork and graphics. I’m exploring the intersection of those two aesthetics, so sometimes I’ll fill a graphic form with organic painted artwork, or I’ll use a looser watercolor line and make it into a more graphic look. Both bring a dimension of depth and texture and rhythm to the fabric.
I’m bringing some fun stuff! I work with local artisans to sew the fabric into home accessories - pillows, tea towels, napkins & tote bags. And for the mini set, I make kids’ pencil bags and aprons and pillows.
Your textile designs are absolutely gorgeous, what's your background? Did you study textile design in school?
Thank you :) My background was in graphic and web design, and then a friend and I started a t-shirt company, and I started getting interested in fabric printing. I was living in Philadelphia, and there is a great history of textile design and production there. I decided to go back to graduate school to study textiles. I had the technology part, but gained a foundation in drawing, painting, weaving and fibers.
Where do you go for pattern inspiration?
Geometrics everywhere catch my eye - from storm drains to art exhibits. I photograph things I see in my every day, check out new and old magazines, and then do some research online - jewelry and rugs have a lot of interesting shapes I’ve used as jumping-off points.
What designers do you look to for motivation/ideas/inspiration?
I’m kind of obsessed with the Australian brand Kip & Co. Their unabashed use of color and pattern, and their blend between kids’ and adult things is just fantastic. Happy textiles for a happy home.
Can you tell us 5 things you need in order to work effectively?
1. My amazing babysitter. My girls are aged 2 and 5, so it takes careful logistics and a great gal like Nichole to get a block of work time every day.
2. My iPhone - I have to be seriously efficient with my limited work time, so I jot tons of notes, plan out each day, photograph inspiring things, post to social media, and communicate with my team.
3. Magazines and years of media clippings - my offline Pinterest. I’m a magazine addict - especially when traveling, and I try to keep them around for constant color and pattern inspiration.
4. Pandora - to help me get in a focussed. And the Sound of Music station when I’m in a pinch and need my girls to go with me on a work errand.
5. My iMac. I guess they’ve discovered that multitasking is not a good way to work. So I try to one thing at a time, but being able to switch from designing a business or marketing task seamlessly and quickly is key.