We have received a number of questions about how our Wanderlust Playmats came to be. One of the biggest challenges I faced when I was developing the playmats was finding a screenprinter capable of printing such a large-format textile. After countless hours of research, I was able to locate a small, San Francisco-based printer that expertly prints fabrics of all sizes for many well-known brands in the Bay Area and beyond, Zoo Ink. On a couple of of my visits to the Zoo Ink during the printing of my Wanderlust Playmats, I was able to take some photos of the printing process.
When I first decided to develop these playmats, I had visions of learning to screenprint and print them myself. I now laugh at my naivety. While amateur screen printing is relatively straight-forward, master screen printers are truly artists. Not only does printing our Wanderlust Playmats require 50 yard long tables to roll the fabric out in order to print it, but printing the films, burning the screens, and printing multiple colors and layers takes significant experience and great skill.
With each new artisan I meet, I learn something new. Interacting with these incredibly talented individuals is one of the most rewarding parts of owning this business.
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After spending the last few days in New Orleans I came home with plenty of inspiration. Yesterday as we were walking home from brunch I realized that it would be great fun to plan future Ella Lou collections after cities I have visited and found particularly inspiring. New Orleans home are some of the most beautiful and vibrant homes I have ever come across in the United States. I'm mulling over how to translate the inspiration they provided me into an Ella Lou collection.
Bonjour! I was recently asked by a journalist to provide a few shots of my daughter and I playing with Ella Lou products for an upcoming article (more about that later) and realized I didn't have any. I have hundreds of her playing with my Wanderlust Playmats, wrapped in a pestemal, or hugging pillows. However, because I am typically behind the camera, we didn't have any of us together. We decided to make an afternoon of it and made an appointment at Blink for a quick photo shoot.
On my most recent trip to Paris, I asked my close friend Vanessa, a particularly savvy Parisian, for a list of her favorite Parisian kids stores. Having recently developed our line of Wanderlust Playmats, I am increasingly interested in well-designed children's products and spaces. The Parisian children's stores did not disappoint. Here I share a few of my favorites.