When Anisa Makhoul of Makool contacted me about her new fall line I did a little dance in my chair! I am a big fan of Makool and their sweetly cute & fresh designs. With peter pan collars, pinafore tops, jumpers, smock-fronts, ruffles and corduroy this latest collection is reminiscent of the clothes from my childhood (back in the day), but with a couture edge. These are the clothes that I could only dream about when I was a kid, but could now totally wear as an adult.
I’m pleased as punch to be able to share my latest Indie Artist Fixx interview with Anisa today!
1. What’s the name of your business and what do create and sell?
2. When did you get your start and what made you decide to take the plunge?
It was the summer of 1995, my friends and I decided to fund a trip around the US by following hippie bands and selling dresses. All the dresses sold out at the first show, and we spent the rest of the summer traveling on the money and selling Capri Sun, on roller skates at those hippie shows.
3. What are your inspirations in your art and in life?
A whole bunch of random things, mostly other artists, and designers, I keep good track of it all on my blog.
4. Were you an artsy craftsy kid? If so, what kinds of things did you do?
Of course, I started painting with my great grandma, we would watch Bob Ross and try to paint like that with water colors, of course our paintings never looked like his, I’m blaming the water colors.
5. Tell us one funny/goofy/silly thing about yourself.
I can only blink my right eye, so I try to practice blinking my left while brushing my teeth, it still looks unnatural.
6. What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
I get to make whatever I want, and work when I want. I also don’t have the money to make everything I want, and I work seven days a week.
7. What blogs and mags do you read and what shops do you shop at? List as many as you want.
I like cooking magazines and blogs anything in the food porn family. I don’t shop much, but I do make the occasional Etsy purchase.
8. What three things can’t you live without?
Graeme, the love of my life – my Devon Rex cat Pontoon -and Stumptown coffee.
9. What does indie mean to you? You can give a literal definition, choose to be a little esoteric or a combination of both. 😉
It conjures up a picture of a band of outsiders, little Davids fighting big Goliaths.
10. What are you reading, watching and listening to?
I’m reading The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner.
I’m watching Weeds, and Project Runway of course. I’m rooting for Leanne Marshal, we carry her dresses at Makool Loves You.
I’m listening to Paige France, and sometimes M.I.A.
11. What’s new?
The Fall Line:
It’s full of things that remind me of elementary school. It’s based on clothes my mother dressed me in when I was little. Like back to school in 1982.