Inspired by the sun bled shades of Joshua Tree and the vivid embroidered details of classic Western kitsch, Hillary Justin began to source vintage cloth while re-designing and revamping classic pieces. The result her line Bliss and Mischief, now offering a range of items from original custom and handmade chain-stitch designs, executed on vintage stock, to vintage fabrics reborn as fresh, modern designs.
We spoke to her about creativity and California.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
My clothing design career began about a decade ago and after studying psychology and sculpture. I’ve been collecting vintage since junior high and started selling curated pieces about 5 years ago – Vintage clothing is one of my big loves in life! This all lead me to adore vintage levis and army jackets, which I now use as a canvas for many of my embroidery designs. With all of these experiences, and the influence of my Western-Wear-loving Uncle Phil, you have the birth of Bliss And Mischief.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
Part of the way I modernize traditional chain stitch embroidery and western influences is through a sun bleached color palette inspired by my California surroundings. I’ve also adopted the cactus as an unofficial mascot because of the epic specimen that existed in my Eagle Rock back yard – My home studio is known as The Home of the World’s Largest Cactus!
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
My pantone book, old family photos, and really good candles.