Monday, June 11, 2012

((handmade monday)) interview with leah reena goren!!

There are times when worlds collide that makes my heart so happy. Something I especially love is when the handmade world collides with my work world, anthropologie that is. I was checking out our new "made in kind" artists ((if you don't know about Made in Kind, click here. you'll love it!)), and stumbled upon the quirky, fun and unique prints by Leah Reena Goren. 

Leah Reena Goren is a Brooklyn based designer that has a great talent in watercolor and color pairings. She not only has a gorgeous etsy shop full of handmade scarves, dresses, prints, totes, and tanks but also has a few of her designs now available at Anthropologie in the form of cardigans and dresses. Leah was quick to accept an offer for a quick little interview and I'm thrilled to feature her today on handmade monday. 

Let's hop to it!

What inspires you most?
I'm always looking at the work of other artists and illustrators. Sonia Delaunay, Vera Neumann, and Niki de Saint Phalle are a few of my favorites. I'm also always looking at flowers and plants and trying to pull different textures and patterns out of my surroundings. I think a lot about California, where I grew up, and try to transform the memory of that place into drawings and paintings.

What is your favorite color//color scheme?
Orangey, salmon pink looks good with everything.

What's your favorite summertime treat?
I've been really into fresh-squeezed green juice recently, it's really great on a hot day.

What is your favorite time or hour of your day?
Going to yoga or running, or doing the opposite and watching TV with my baby cat and boyfriend. 

Tell us your guilty pleasure!
Sleeping late.

What is the most gratifying part of what you do?
Seeing how my work actually affects people positively after it leaves my studio and makes its way into the world. It's a great feeling to see my work on blogs, and know it's something people value enough to want to share with others. Also, interacting with girls on Etsy and making them custom pieces that they love. Just today I was reading the reviews that are already up for my Anthropologie pieces and actually tearing up because I just can't believe I can paint a pattern for a dress or sweater that makes someone feel so good about themselves when they wear it. If I can connect with others and make their lives a little more beautiful, that's all I want my work to do.   


Sigh. So cool. Here are some of my favorite pieces of her work:

Find more from Leah at the following links:
blog // etsy // website 

Thank you Leah for being inspiring, lovely, and so open with us about your work and business. I can't wait to watch your work gain more momentum and see your business take off. 


*all photos belong to Leah Goren and/or Anthropologie


  1. wow, that is SO cool she has designs at anthro! i might need that floral cardigan!

  2. What a great interview! Her work is amazing!

  3. This is a great interview! Also, I love that scarf so much!


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