Inspired Profile: Raven Hardison

Architect and Designer Raven Hardison I met through our mutual friends Aejie Rhyu.  After 2 years of friendship, she modeled for the webstore . Raven is unbelievably talented at what she does, so here are 5 questions uncovering more about her design career.  She graduated with a masters in Architecture from Yale, and now works at world renowned firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP  or SOM in downtown Los Angeles.

Jill: What woman living today do you find to be the most inspirational?

Raven: I’m a huge a fan of Shonda Rhimes. She’s fierce! And so talented. The woman is unstoppable. And such a wonderful combination of creativity and business savvy. But really it's so hard to choose! We are lucky to live in a time with so many inspiring women to look up to. Living in such a political time, I've been happy to have fighters out there like Kampala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Michele Obama and of course Hillary Clinton. But everyday it seems I'm learning about someone wonderful, just yesterday I read an article about Pat Cleveland in Lena Dunham and Jenni Conner’s newsletter, “Lenny.” These are truly amazing times.

Jill: What were the roots to your creative career?

Raven: My dad is an artist, so I grew up around an ever changing assortment of canvases, paints and sculptures-in-progress. But of course like so many children, I rebelled and refused to do art. I instead studied music, singing in choruses and playing piano, for most of my childhood. And then a couple of months before heading off to college for the first time I picked up a pencil and started drawing. It was pretty surprising. In college I started with art and architecture and never looked back. 

 Jill: Can you describe your creative process in a couple of steps?

Raven: The first step is always observation. When designing a building or a space, I first sit with paper and pencil and reflect on the challenge at hand with words and drawings. How does the site feel? How is the sun coming in? What are the best views of the surrounding landscape?

Next I put on my engineering hat and size up the meat of the design. What are the most significant problems? What are the most impactful goals?

The last step is the crazy process of iteration—trying one after the next, either in physical models or digital ones until a spark ignites. That moment—when you realize you’ve really got something—is always the best!

Jill: What did your parents do for their job, and did it have an impact on the path your chose for yourself?

My dad is a social worker by day and an artist by night. On the one hand, it taught me that home was where creative, crazy projects happened. My life to this day is an endless pile of projects! On the other hand, it instilled in me a lot of perspective. We grew up hearing about families who were experiencing really difficult times. It made me feel that in one’s work, it is important to strive to improve the lives of others.

Jill: What is your dream project?

To design and build an entire neighborhood! Residential design is fun, rich and satisfying—and the way that we live and interact with our homes is constantly changing. I love immersing myself in creating a beautiful backdrop for life’s experiences. And designing a whole neighborhood would lend the opportunity to combine two of my greatest loves: landscape and architecture.

Jill:  Tell us about how you styled the piece you chose - the Dip dyed sunset tunic

Raven: This tunic is  perfect so it doesn't need much. I wear it paired it with black leggings and black leather ankle boots. I try to let the shape and the ombre be the star.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and process Raven!

December '16 Newsletter

1000 Thank Yous!

Thank you friends for an amazing and beautiful year in fashion, and for helping me sell over 1000 items this year.  I'm So grateful to everyone who has come to events this year, shopped online, and come to studio visits.  The most rewarding part of what I do is working with customers, and other creatives to make experiences and memories.  
Much love, Jill

Last Shindig of 2016


For Everyone that still has gifts to get, and anyone that wants to hang .... we're having mulled wine, a party vibe, artisanal wares, and fun times.  Graham has invited us to his studio for drinks, dyeing, ice cream, plants, and friend time.  Join us for an end of season get together.  I'm so looking forward to seeing all of you that can come.  This will be a laid back Saturday afternoon block party, and if you've never visited the magic wizardry of Graham Keegan Dye Studios, now is the time!  

Saturday, December 17
1 - 6 PM
Graham Keegan Headquarters
604 N. Occidental Blvd
Los Angeles 90026

street parking on the block, or around the corner

* Wares from: 
 Hannah AndersonMeryl Lebowitz, Echo and AirYasmine Floral Design, Maury's BagelsSweet Rose Creamery, Jimmy MarbleCapricorn Press, and Jesse Chamberlin*

15% of my sales will be donated to Preemptive Love Coalition - a non-profit offering medical care, shelter, and food to the people of Aleppo

Air Bnb Experience:  The Cutting Edge


Last month, Air bnb launched Experiences, a new way to meet local city experts, share interests, and tour behind the scenes.  Fashion friend Jordana - designer of Echo and Air - and I put together a fashion and design tour to share our expertise. It's been amazing for us to be part of the development of this new program for the past couple of months before launch, and we have so much to share about the world we design in!

This tour makes a perfect experiential gift for someone interested in fashion - we discuss fashion forecasting, how collections come together, and all kinds of funny fashion faux pas, as well as visit the work space of other fashion experts.  There are two tours in January, so check out our dates, and please spread the word! 

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November 16' Newsletter


This Sunday I'll be at the gorgeous home of friend and jewelry designer Ronni Kappos in Echo Park.  Ronni's artistry and talent overflows.  Her line is a favorite of museum stores such as SF MOMA, both nationally and internationally.  The sale was wildly successful last time we did it 2 years ago! Expect new pieces, limited edition gift and home items, homemade apple cider, and a special sale!

Plus, 20% of proceeds from 'sale' items in my line will be donated to the Downtown Women's Center.  DWC is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row.  

Sunday December 4th
11 - 5pm
1523 Portia Street, Los Angeles, 90026

Park on Scott st.

 

 

 

 

 

I'm excited to participate in two holiday sales that give 20% back to the community this week and next:

Teacher's Education Fund at New School West's
Holiday Bazaar
Saturday December 3rd
11am - 3pm
12731 Venice Blvd

Mar Vista Los Angeles, CA 90066

Kid crafting room, raffle, food, and local artisans

then next weekend.....

Temple Israel of Hollywood School Scholarship Fund
Hanukkah Marketplace
Sunday December 11th
9am - 3pm
7300 Hollywood blvd


join for music, food, and shopping

Get Involved!

 

I love the holidays with all of the festivities, gifts, and unnecessary calories.... it's the perfect occasion to give back to community! Two friends Stephanie, and Jillian turned me onto organizations in Los Angeles that are uplifting LA with their hard work.

Inner City Arts offers arts education to LA unified students.  They have state of the art facilities and have been around since 1989.  Attend their holiday party - with music curated by Dublab, dancing, and art activities- or make a donation.

Midnight Mission helps homeless individuals on many levels.  It's a goal this month for me to volunteer at meal service.  If you want to get involved, they accept donations in the form of professional services, help assembling hygiene kits, and more.

Other LA organizations are giving back too!  If you want to support local, Agamemnon Jewelry is giving proceeds of sales to the American Civil Liberties Union, Clarebare is giving to Keep a Breast (cancer education) when you use her promo code, and Mashup Dance Company is donating half of their proceeds from fundraising today to Planned Parenthood. 

Did you know Gift Certificates are now available from $25 - $500? They've been amazingly popular since getting added to the site last month.  Recipients can use them online, or in person for a private shopping appointment. It can be delivered by mail as a beautiful color print out with a hand written note, or via an artful email it, just note your preference. To customize gift certificate amount, just email :)


There's plenty more to tell and share, so I'm hoping to see you soon, and hear what you have been up to.  Thank you very much for your continued support. 
Warmly, Jill

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September '16 Newsletter

Live Art at Show + Tell 

I'm excited to be part of this weekend's gallery and shopping event in LIttle Tokyo!    Show + Tell Projects is an industrial 4,000 square foot art and design concept store.  A brand new project space for special events and collaborations.  

Bay area fiber artist Meghan Shimek will be doing live art by creating a large scale weaving on site.  Composer and musician Drum and Lace will DJ a live set.  Fave cafe Daily Dose will be there with bites.  Get your tarot read by Sophia Knapp 

I'll be there with brand new fall pieces as part of the pop - up market along with Half CeramicsCapricorn PressEmma Holland DenvirEcho + Air Clau HandbagsLZZR JewelryNoto Botanics Rafa ShoesSeeker ClothingJoy Newell.  

I'm lucky to be part of a community of creatives who thrive on bringing friends together around art, design and wellness.  We're looking forward to this Free afternoon of creative stimulation, and artisan wares!


  Saturday
September 24, 2016
12 - 7 pm

 Show + Tell Projects at 374 E. 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

 Metered parking around the area, or $10 in the lot behind the building located at 360 E. 2nd St.


Poketo Fashion Design Workshop


I'm thrilled to be teaching a one time Fashion Design Workshop hosted by Poketo on Saturday October 15th.  This class has limited space and is expected to sell out soon.  We're offering a one day only discount of 15% off Today (Monday)!  Use code: workshop15 when signing up.  

The workshop takes place at The Line Hotel.  A mid- century building in Koreatown transformed into one of Dwell Magazine's 10 Best Designed Hotels in America.  The Line is a creative collaboration of LA's best in food, architecture, and interior design. One of the restaurants, Commissary (pictured above) was named by GQ as one of the 5 Coolest Places to Eat in LA - it's like being in a greenhouse with a view :)  

Poketo was founded by husband-and-wife-team Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan. It started in 2003 as a creative enterprise, and has grown into a lifestylebrand with an indie vibe.  Poketo is a creative collaborator Line Hotel, and you can shop the store at The Line as well.

Classes like this are great for curiosity, satisfying your creative life, and expanding personal growth.  You'll have the chance to connect with fellow creatives of all ages, learn what it's like to design a seasonal collection, and leave with a packet of resources invaluable for fashion design.  I met fellow fashion designer and illustrator Tim Nguyen on our indigo retreat in Japan earlier this summer, he will be teaching the illustration portion of our class.a


Little Tokyo / Arts District Adventure


If you don't come down to this part of town very often, here are a couple of my favorite places to stop off.  After visiting the pop- up at Show + Tell in Little Tokyo this Saturday starting at 12....

Stroll over to Mikawaya, the original home of Mochi Ice cream.  It's a small confectionary that was family owned for over 100 years starting in 1910.  Their delicious invention was made familiar by Trader Joe's. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is just a short trip a way, and worth a visit!  This privately owned, museum callibur arts center was built in a historic 100K sq. ft flour mill that was built in the 1890s.  It's larger than the Moca Grand. The Maria Lassnig show there just opened, and her surreal palette portrays nude figures on a large scale.  

Close by is Henessey and Ingalls,  the largest art, architecture and design bookstore in the western United States. The rare and out-of-print establishment is still family-owned, and you'll find fantastic inspiration to take home with you.  

After all that walking, you should get some refreshment at Zinc Cafe down the streetThe open kitchen and courtyard dining area provide a nice respite. I love the olive trees, and fountain for the peaceful atmosphere, and the food is great.  If you're in the mood for a cocktail, get on over to low key lounge E.R.B.'s outdoor patio.  Their well made drinks have fresh juices and delicious ingredients such as pink guava, grapefruit, and meyer lemon bitters.


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August '16 Newsletter

Party Downtown LA!


#ShopSummerDaze
LA Made Designs,  Necklace making workshop

 

Our studio is hosting a party!  Come shop and enjoy complimentary snacks, Shreebs Coffee, and a special summer cocktail mixed with Sino Tequila.  Enter the raffle to win an amazing hand made gift bag filled with goodies and discounts from all the designers.


11AM-5PM
Shop Studio Saturday
On the 11th Floor
112 W 9th St #1119
Los Angeles, CA 90015

 Agamemnon JewelryClare BareEcho and AirJakimacMelissa SonicoVintage by Maison CapronShreebs Coffee Sino Tequila,

Necklace making workshop lead by Amy Agamemnon, and Anna Lian Tes of Announcement LA
"Make your very own sculpey necklace with a delicate gold chain... you will learn how to create a beautiful marbled charm - use up to 3 colors and 3 charms per necklace"

What makes what we're doing special?  All women run small businesses, locally sourced materials that have less eco impact, fair wage production, and artful design!

Enter the building off 9th st.  Between Broadway and Main st.  
Come up the elevators to the 11th floor.
We're on the left side of the hallway
More event information

 


Fine Art of Dani Schafer

Just last week, Dani Schafer sent in a beautiful selection of her abstract paintings.  Ranging from $28 - $350 all pieces are one of a kind, and make beautiful inspiring home decor.  Dani captures movement in a way that is light and warm.  I'm so grateful to be showing her talent and work.  Come see the pieces this weekend.  Dani and I are developing clothing for a textile and clothing collaboration, let me know what kind of pieces you'd like to see.
studio photo by

Sharon Kanes Photography

 


Fashion Design Class in October

Jill Aiko Yee X Poketo

After much planning, Poketo and I are excited to present our Fashion Design Workshop this fall.  A big Thank You to owners Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan for making it come together.  I'm very excited to share what I know, and follow in the footsteps of all the other great LA creatives that have lead workshops at Poketo such as Block Shop Textiles, Eva Goicochea, Matchbox Kitchen, WRK-SHP, and many more.  This class makes a great gift!
Get a peek behind the curtain of the fashion design world. We'll start with the building blocks of fashion design, and trend forecasting, followed by a lesson in the creative decision making process that brings a collection together - defining mood, pulling inspiration, following design direction, and editing/ merchandising as well as a demonstration on fashion illustration.....

 

Limited enrollment, sign up now

Saturday, October 15, 2016 2 PM - 5PM

The Line Hotel

3515 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010
213-381-7411 Ext: 3076
 


Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot

Last weekend I took a trip to Topenga Canyon to shoot some images for the line.  It's been a long time since the last shoot.  I was lucky to have an amazing team! - photographer Jill Sutherland, model Alexandra Mayumi, Bethany Towes on makeup and hair.  During our shoot we dished on travel, pregnancy (Jill is into her 3rd trimester), and what it's like to live in Topanga.  The moodboard is all about confidence, clothing shapes, and natural beauty.   I can't wait to share the final images with you!


There's plenty more to tell and share, so I'm hoping to see you soon, and hear what you have been up to.  Thank you very much for your continued support. 
Warmly, Jill

 

 

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July '16 Newsletter
Jill Aiko Yee Studio Dani Schafer art

Shop Studio Saturdays 11 - 4p in August


Come by this Saturday from 11am - 4pm to shop the studio!  There's a one day sale to celebrate my birthday, and all items from the clothing line are 30% off this Saturday, and a special rack at 50%.  New to see in studio are exclusive weavings from textile artist Claudia Zhao.  Her wool and cotton wall art in black and cream are calming decor for home, and make great one of a kind gifts.  

On Saturday August 27th, studio - mate Amy and I will host another designer shopping event with Echo and Air, Jakimac, Melissa Sonico, and more!  We're excited to open the studio to other designers again since our first one went off with such success, and many happy customers.  So mark your calendars, get ready for drinks and fun, and stay tuned for event details with instagram.  

Next week, the colorful beautiful paintings of Dani Schafer will be on our walls. Dani is a Wisconsin based artist (the state where I grew up!) who is a soon to be mother, and has 75K instagram followers - because her art speaks to many people. The "sweeping brushstrokes.... and intuitive manner" make her gestural and abstract pieces both warm and energizing.   We have inspired each other the last couple of years, and I can't wait to share her talent and pieces.  

 

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 Studio & Showroom

112 W 9th St #1119
Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

Located on 9th street between Broadway and Main.  Enter through the office building lobby with the security guard, take the elevators to the 11th floor.  Door is down the hall and on the left.  Everyone is welcome!

Jill Aiko Yee Shop Open Studio

Darling Magazine

 

I've loved Darling Magazine since they started several years ago - it explores the art of being a woman, and is in search of authentic design.  Darling's events and workshops are always enlightening. They asked how readers could revamp their wardrobe with the process of dip dyeing, and I was happy to contribute on How to Breath New Life into Old Clothes... check out the article

WWD at the Studio

 

Fashion industry publication Women's Wear Daily stopped by the studio in July to profile why customers love the alternative shopping experience of one on one attention, ethical production, and limited edition pieces.  Writer Kari Hamanaka wrote how at the studio, it's all about the customer.  read the article  (if you have a WWD subscription)

Japanese Textile Workshops
Japanese Textile Workshops

Journal from Japan 

 

Last month's Japan trip was an exploration into history, arts, and craft techniques.  We visited museums in Tokyo, and learned about heritage Boro textiles pictured above on the right. Then went off to the countryside to see magic silkworms, and the many facets of fiber arts.  Spent late nights sewing, folding and manipulating fabric for the 30 gallon indigo vats right outside the farmhouse doors.  And experienced nature in a way none of us were ready for -- we watched Bryan Sensei rescue a pigeon as it was being eaten by a crow, and hack a gigantic poisonous centipede in half with a sushi knife in the middle of a quiet work session  :0.  See what Bryan's workshops are all about!  Check out videos of the workshop on instagram.  Otis College of Art and Design (my alma mater) professor Sumi Lee organized this great adventure for a group of 10 Otis alumni, and Im very grateful to her, and all of the people we learned from while in Japan as well as my classmates out there!

Japanese Textile Workshops
Japanese Textile Workshops Fujino Indigo
Japanese Textile Workshops Fujino Indigo
Open Studio Saturdays
jill aiko yee open studio saturday

6K People + Design + Margaritas = LA Design Festival 


Thank you LA design community for making our 1st Saturday open studio a success!  There is nothing like drinking Shreebs coffee or a Sino margarita while doing Anna Lian Tes' DIY sculpey workshop, I definitely had fun! It’s fulfilling being part of a community that supports artisan made goods. I love supporting my peers, and am always humbled to have so much support from all of you. I want to thank Agamemnon Jewelry, Botanica Workshop, Clau, Echo and Air, HighLow Jewelry, and Rummage and Hollow for selling your designs and launching Open Studio Saturdays. Thank you RackedLA for your post, and also LA Design Festival for honoring women in design every year!  From designer to shopper, we are all the same. We are proud to be part of the design events that drew over 6K community members. One of my girl friends brought an out of town friend who was visiting. Her friend was nervous to go out with people in LA since she didn’t know anyone and thought people would be standoffish. To her surprise, everyone was welcoming and nice; hearing that made me feel better than any other measure of sucess. 
 

Botanica Workshop Clau Leather Design Jill Aiko Yee

Open Studio Saturdays 11am - 4pm

Since the open studio was a big success, we'll be open Saturdays for shopping, styling, and complimentary wine and drinks. 

We welcome you to see the workspace, chat about clothes and what's happening in your life, and find new pieces for your closet.  For the month of July on top of my Summer designs,  Agamemnon Jewelry and I are pleased to be showing Botanica Workshop as our guest designer.  Come shop their sustainable lounge wear designs.  Also now in store is Clau Leather Designs - hand stitched leather bags that are light and versatile.  We have wine and treats!  If you can’t make Saturday, private shopping appointments are available Tuesday - Friday.

Jill Aiko Yee Studio & Showroom
112 W 9th St #1119
Los Angeles, CA 90015

above pattern bar on the 11th floor & around the corner from the Ace Hotel


Check the website for updates on hours.  Most Saturdays from 11 am - 4pm.  
Lot parking in the neighborhood may require cash.  Metered parking will take cards. 

Release of Pinnacle Collection

 Designer friend and studio partner Amy Agamemnon recently debuted the pieces of her new collection.  Amy loves working with gold, and her fine jewelry designs are influenced by architecture.  Each piece is shaped in studio.

"The Pinnacle Collection captures the brief and fleeting moments of calm throughout the daily hustle.  Regardless of gender, race, or age these moments of reflection while creating, commuting, or resting are the moments we share everyday that empower us to keep striving towards personal excellence.

This collection by AAJ is inspired by the pyramid and obelisk shapes.  The Pinnacle Collection is a modern interpretation on a classic shape.  These pieces represent strength and subtlety with emphasis on angles, shape, and finish."  

My favorite piece, worn above is the Peak Bracelet, made of plated 14K Gold.  It's a unique and beautiful wrap bracelet.  Photographed by Sarah Renard for our feature in Minimums

Come see what Amy's been working on, by shopping her online store, or visiting this Saturday from 11am - 4pm

New in the Store

Dyed summer pieces are now up in the webstore!  Find one of a kind, and limited edition pieces no one else will have.