Rochelle Porter has never met a blank surface she didn’t want to draw on. A lifelong lover of global design traditions, the Atlanta-based artist takes cues from the breezy hues of her Caribbean roots, the stark simplicity of Scandinavian design and the bold geometrics of West African weaves to create vibrant, eye-catching textiles for the home décor and apparel markets. Her travel-inspired patterns feature joyful, unexpected bursts of color and classic motifs with a fresh, modern twist.
Upon learning of the unethical and environmentally hazardous labor practices of today’s globalized “fast fashion” industry, Rochelle nearly abandoned her dream of becoming a designer. That is, until she figured out that style could also be sustainable. Combining her passion for patterns with her commitment to social responsibility, she formed Rochelle Porter Design (RPD), a lifestyle brand specializing in thoughtfully made, eco-friendly home and fashion accessories.
True to its tagline, “Design for abundant living,” the company believes everyone along the value chain should have the chance to live well—from the farmer who picks the pesticide-free organic cotton for its textiles, to the customer who puts them on her sofa. RPD prioritizes fair pay, environmentally safe manufacturing, and the use of allergy-free organic and recycled materials whenever possible.
You can find Rochelle's Bloem in Blue illustration in almost every Thunderpants USA style.
Elana Gabrielle is a multidisciplinary illustrator, maker, and designer of printed textile and paper goods. Her work is influenced by the wild and varied landscapes of the West Coast where she grew up, from misty mountains and foggy beaches to dusty desert valleys. Using cut paper collage, painting, screen printing, and textile design, she weaves the natural world into her creations.
Elana is descended from a lineage of artists, and she grew up immersed in music, dance, and traditional art. Her family encouraged freedom of expression and self-exploration through various art forms, movement, and spiritual practices. She spent much of her childhood outdoors building driftwood forts, river bathing, hiking, and exploring. This is expressed in her work as a celebration of connection between humans and the earth and small moments of joy; a plant dancing in the breeze, an evening in the summer sun, a foggy walk along the beach, tending to the land.
Her handmade goods mirror the environment by focusing on form and function, as well as using sustainable practices and natural fibers, dyes, and inks. Elana’s goods invite mindful interaction with nature both in the home and in the wild as a nurturing of self and space, and encourage care for the world around you.
Elana also works with many wonderful clients including Crate and Barrel, Terrain, La Tierra Sagrada Hair, Olipop and more, using illustration to create all kinds of collaborative projects.
You'll find Elana's illustrations all over our website - Blue Sloths, Pink Carnations and Artichokes.