We could not be more excited to have Ellen Van Dusen of Dusen Dusen at Feliz this year! Dusen Dusen, in our humble opinion, is the go-to for eye catching prints & fun dresses. Ellen has been designing clothing since she was a sprout (does sponge painting tees with your mom count? We think so.). In college at Tuffts University she studied the psychology of design and the brain's reaction to visual stimuli - pretty rad. She's now putting her studies to good use designing her line in Brooklyn. We can't wait to see what Ellen has up her sleeve for us!
Can you tell us a little bit about Dusen Dusen and what you're bringing with you to Feliz?
Dusen Dusen is a womens clothing line of easy, wearable pieces in bright, bold prints designed by me (Ellen Van Dusen) every season. I am going to bring an assortment of items to Feliz with me, including pieces from my fall collection, dog sweaters, some new totes I am working on and old styles that I will be selling heavily discounted.
What did your first line ever of clothing look like?
While I was in high school I made a wide array of very ill-fitting, brightly colored dresses. The one I wore the most had a big black and white numbers print (kind of similar to my current alphabet print!) and a red waist band. I also did a lot of patchwork colorblocking, which was looked insane because everything was unhemmed and fraying. One I really liked though was a magenta-y purple with a giant lime green zig zag applique, and a slate blue waistband and halter strap. I made my friend Sarah (of Hey Murphy who will also be at the sale) a black and grey fitted dress with really stupid looking yellow strips of fabric coming up in random increments across the bodice. I also had a collection of fruit tees, where I would sew giant fruit made from other fabrics onto white tee shirts. Those I can still get behind!
Where do you get inspiration for your prints?
I like to think that the prints I am working on are a reflection of my experience in our time and culture. I rarely have a specific set of inspiration material, but I do look at a lot of contemporary art, listen to a lot of music and try to stay current on design and visual culture in general. I have made prints based on train car floors, staircases I liked, puzzles, handwriting, paintings... anything can become a print!
What are 5 things in your studio that you can't do work without?
Podcasts, my dog Snips, good scissors, pattern weights, Adobe Illustrator