Lilí Quiquerán

For our fall '23 collection, we had the pleasure of using an exclusive print by Argentinian print artist, Lilí Quiquerán in four new pieces. Read our chat with Quiquerán about inspiration, nature, and our favorite fall activities.

How would you describe your art style? Do you have certain mediums that you particularly enjoy working with? 

LQ: I consider my style free hand, although lately I’ve been working mainly with digital tools, I love the sensibility behind imperfect lines. Whenever I move to paper, gouache or color pencils are my first choice. My favourite digital tools, where I feel almost like working on paper, are Procreate and Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.

How long have you been designing surface prints?

LQ: I started designing prints in 2018 and immediately fell in love with this craft. I studied arts and fashion, so print designing was definitely the in-between point.

Lilí Quiquerán's print featured on our Fall '23 Floral Scarf.

Can you give us some details about the flowers you chose for this print? Can you describe your illustrating process? 

LQ: I chose wildlife flowers for the print. I initially started researching for inspiration: real meadows, beautiful gardens, scientific and botanic references. I focused in those small and simple flowers, usually unnoticed, but are actually hidden beauties. In the drawing process, I focused in preserving their simplicity, weaving them to one another in sinuous lines in order to create a rich pattern.

You seem to draw a lot of inspiration from nature, where are your favorite places to enjoy nature?

LQ: Yes, nature is my main inspiration! I love observing carefully the details, the colors and the infinite shapes. My balcony (usually full of flowers) in Buenos Aires is my daily inspiration. But I’d say that my most inspiring places are those where nature is raw and wild, which i usually find in my walks in the Argentinian countryside.

One of our favourite fall pieces, the Isabel Dress.

Who are some of your favorite artists and illustrators?

LQ: Joanna Concejo and her nostalgic illustrations, Van Gogh’s expressive lines, Matisse’s use of color, Louise Bourgeois, Fader, Renee Gouin, Michelle Morin, among many others.

Your Instagram mentions that you are a designer for a clothing brand called BALSA, can you tell us a little more about your work there?

LQ: BALSA is my own small brand, where I make handcrafted pieces focused in simple silhouettes and natural materials. It’s where I fulfill my love for fabrics, sewing, and challenge my creativity.

We were so excited to use your print for a few pieces in our fall collection. What are your favorite fall/autumn activities?

LQ: I discovered lately a hidden love for gardening, and fall is the best moment for pruning, cleaning and planting.

Margaret in the Isabel Dress.