Plastic foliage is the brainchild of Oakland based artist and maker Lauren Ebaugh. her designs incorporate clean lines with bold colors to make pieces that are both unique and versatile.

Inspired by the long tradition of waste reduction and simple style lines of japanese apparel, these garments are created in the same spirit. Maximizing the use of the fabric to make a garment that is flattering on any body type.

What are your favorite things to do in the Bay Area?

I love kitsch, so one of my favorite bay area past-times is hanging out at tiki bars. The flat graphics, bold colors and simple cut of vintage Hawaiian shirts is also where I draw a lot of my inspiration.

I love going to museums, the Oakland Art Museum has a great collection of outsider and folk art.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I draw inspiration from folk/outsider art, vintage Hawaiian shirts, and Japanese calligraphy.

Can you describe your process for us?

My process is very important to me. I love making clothing and I want to keep making it, so I've devised a process for myself that allows for a lot of free play and spontaneity. For my crop tops, I have many screens that I layer over each other to create the still lifes, so every shirt is completely unique. Similarly, for the button-ups, I hand paint each panel to allow for different line work to evolve.

What artists or designers are you interested in right now?

Raman Djafari, Rajni Perera, Manu Torres, Chistian Rex van Minnen, Nadine Ijewere, Dustin Barzell, Nayeli Nava, Morgan Blair, BODE, Dusen Dusen,Terry Hoff, so many more!

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