What can we say? Inslee, founder of Inslee by Design, knocks our socks right off every day with her beautiful illustrations and warm, approachable attitude. This woman is single handedly killing the game from quick sketches shared on Instagram, to richly colored prints the Inslee Girls step right off of the page and parade by. I had the pleasure of meeting Inslee in NYC a few months ago and rest assured she is just as fashion forward, smart and bubbly as her work. Getting a head start on your Christmas list for next year? We strongly recommend an Inslee calendar, we bet it’ll make the year fly by in style.
Many of your pieces are fashion focused; do you have favorite brands or pieces to illustrate?
I am very drawn to classic feminine looks, lots of whites. I love vintage pieces like Oscar de la Renta.
We know that you have branched into designing fabric with Society Social, what has that new foray been like? What do you love about it?
We are still trying to figure it out but it is so exciting to see her bring my artwork to life in a whole new way! It’s also fun to see how the colors compliment Roxy’s designs.
Inslee x Society Social “Africa” fabric chair
Who do you turn to when you need advice?
Roxy [of Society Social] and I help each other a lot! It’s so great that we can share a space and bounce ideas off of each other.
When you are commissioned for a project what are your favorite parts of working with clients?
Typically, when I am creating artwork for a client it’s to help them celebrate something. It is always fun to hear their stories and learn about their lives.
You are stranded on an island; what three things do you have with you and why?
The essentials obviously, tequila, limes and salt! Oh, and sunscreen!
How does your style translate from on-page into real life? Describe your style for us, what pieces do you gravitate toward?
If I like illustrating it, I probably would like wearing it too! I am drawn to classic feminine pieces that have lots of white! I get to be a little more adventurous in my illustrations since my day to day life doesn’t always call for ballgowns.
What advice do you have for creative entrepreneurs just starting out? What is the best advice you received at the start of your career?
My advice for creative entrepreneurs just starting out is to make sure that what they are pursuing is something they really want to devote themselves to because its a lot of hard work. Also, always be nice to everyone! The best piece of advice I received at the start of my career was to be patient. Starting your dream career is going to take lots of time and effort- it’s not going to happen overnight.
We crack up every time we read your line “Let me draw you. You’ll get skinnier.” Tell us a bit more bout that thought; we do admit that we get a bit jealous- the Inslee girls are gorgeous!
Glad you weren’t offended by it! It was really just a joke, but fashion illustration typically trends towards attenuated figures.
When you have a creative mind block, how to you refresh yourself?
I go to yoga!
What word represents the twenty-something years?
I would say the word “transformation” represents the twenty-something years because you start your twenties as a very different person than you are when you are thirty.