About the brand
Phoebe Wahl began her eponymous brand in 2013, shipping T-shirts and art prints out of her bedroom in Portland, OR. A move back to her hometown of Bellingham, WA, in 2014, allowed her to gradually expand her catalog—creating stationery and calendars in collaboration with Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress, as well as making home goods, accessories, and more.
“As a surface designer, my goal is to make everyday objects into precious heirlooms. I draw on my love of vintage textiles, folk motifs, and the natural world to create the patterns and illustrations for my products. What to make is often born from wondering—what kind of objects live within my illustrated world that I can make a reality in ours? I want my products to evoke the one-of-a-kind feeling of precious, original pieces of art while being able to stay financially accessible to a wider range of people, through small-batch production. I’ve always been a nester, and I strongly believe that surrounding ourselves with art is about more than just superficial beauty—all art is functional. It helps create safe, pleasurable spaces that reflect and express our identities. Something as everyday as an illustrated mug or a patterned blanket has the ability to nurture creativity and provide comfort and joy.”
About Phoebe Wahl
Phoebe Wahl is an award-winning children’s book author, illustrator, and surface designer. Her work focuses on themes of comfort, nostalgia, and intimacy with nature and one another. She grew up unschooled and credits her free-range childhood in the Northwest for much of her inspiration and work ethic. Phoebe graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in illustration. Her first children’s book, Sonya’s Chickens (Tundra), was the recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for new illustrator. Her other titles include Backyard Fairies (Knopf/Tundra), Paper Mice (Simon & Schuster, written by Megan Wagner Lloyd), The Blue House (Knopf/Tundra), and the forthcoming Little Witch Hazel (Tundra, out 2021). Phoebe lives in Bellingham, Washington.