Local artist Malia Carter is celebrating her first fashionable book with a launch party
Dating guide meets style manual in the form of All's Fair in Love and Wardrobe, a book by fashion editor (and former Bachelor contestant) Stephanie Simons.
And the illustrations? Those are courtesy of Malia Carter, a local fashion illustrator who runs the popular blog Deep Fried Freckles.
Carter, 24, is a CCAD grad and the graphic designer/social media manager for Hollywood Casino Columbus. When she's not at work, she's working with a paintbrush, crafting watercolor images of celebrities and pop culture icons for her blog and Instagram. That's how she caught Simons' attention-and the attention of fashion blogger Julie Sarinana of Sincerely, Jules. (The two worked together on a collection of t-shirts, recently featured inInStyle.)
Next up on Carter's list: A second book with Simons titled Chic-tionary: The Little Book of Fashion Fauxcabulary.
Carter is celebrating All's Fair in Love and Wardrobe, which just hit bookstore shelves on July 15, with a launch party this Saturday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Short North Fitness. Stop by for drinks, bites and to admire more of her work.
Read on to learn more about Carter's first book, her best-selling doughnut shirt and her favorite illustration.
-Taylor Starek, @taylorstarek
We have to ask-where'd the name "Deep Fried Freckles" come from?
It came from when I was in school. I was trying to think of something that described myself, and I thought of freckles, and I think at the time I was eating something unhealthy like I always did. I just combined Deep Fried Freckles, and it stuck.
How did your collaboration with Sincerely Jules come about?
How I've pretty much come in contact with any of the bloggers I've painted is kind of informally. I would paint them and post it on Instagram, and they would somehow see it. That's how Julie saw it. I painted her, and she contacted me a day later and said, "I love your illustrations. I'd love to team up and have you create shirts for me." I created seven shirts for her, but the one that really took off was the doughnut shirt.
Doughnuts are having a moment, aren't they?
They are. They're trending right now.
Tell us about the book.
I think there are around 100 illustrations. It's about relating fashion with love and relationships. There are a lot of celebrity illustrations. [Stephanie] wanted it to kind of resemble Kate Spade, just really full of color-something single girls and girls in relationships can relate to.
How do you go about creating your illustrations?
I start with a sketch. The main things I always use are watercolor, ink and then I like to scan fabrics in sometimes and use them in the actual illustration through a Photoshop collage. When I do portraits for people, before I even begin drawing I like to get to know them and get a feel for them. I like to capture their essence, whether that means painting something they love in it or using their favorite color.
Favorite illustration you've done?
I did it while I was in school for Free People. Our project was to redesign a catalogue, and I wanted to redesign Free People's catalogue, but instead of real models I wanted to use illustrations because I feel they have a really organic and loose style. So I think that whole project was my favorite. I think it really captured Free People's spirit. They used it on their website.
Images courtesy Malia Carter