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palmyra

Palm trees may be a common tropical trope—but I was drawn to them for a less obvious reason. I was interested in the idea of protection and concealment. Incredibly broad, palm leaves provide shielding from prying eyes. And their edges are sharp. To create the print, I drew a Licuala grandis palm leaf and then repeated its shape. From here, an element of mimesis emerges. In different colorways, the overlapping leaves can pass as shells or even fans. This visual play is intriguing, as I had wanted to do a botanical print—but without being conspicuous about it. Thus, the finished print camouflages the original intention. I named it after Palmyra Island, which has a very mysterious history that’s often veiled by its pristine beauty.