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Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

May 14, 2014

There are some stores that you walk by or go into with the most captivating visual displays… You know the ones — they make your jaw drop every time! One store that always has the most amazing displays is Anthropologie. I will be visiting the London Anthro next week again and can’t wait to see how everything is displayed. For me, part of the fun of shopping at retail spaces these days is what kind of inspiration they can provide that takes me away from ordering online and gets me into their store. I would much rather shop Anthro in person than online, for instance. There is magic in a store like that.

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

Of course, not only Anthro does a great job with their visual displays, many smaller privately owned stores like The Cross Design in Vancouver make visual magic too. Thing is, big retailers get all of the credit for their beauty when really, there are people behind all of that who are working very hard and rarely known. Take LA-based artist and designer Jessica Pezalla. She has a background in fine art and a MFA in sculpture.

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

After college, she started working at Anthro in California as a display artist and today, she she runs her own studio called Bramble Workshop where she creates custom installations for events and interiors for such clients as Ella Moss, and Hermès and she works with some of my favorite bloggers on projects like Joy from Oh Joy! and Bri of Design Love Fest. You can see a clever installation that she put together for Joy’s creative studio above and learn about the entire process from their first meeting onward here on the Bramble Workshop blog.

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

I love how creative Jessica is – she uses every material imaginable and seems quite fearless as she explores new things. From paper flowers to feathers, hand-dyed placemats to chandeliers and woven leather stools – her talent knows no boundaries and I love it! I imagine working with someone like Jessica would be a dream. I often dream of working around creative people regularly instead of only when I work on my books… I love collaborating with others and dreaming up and executing creative projects. I often feel like I’m the only one with all of the ideas and sometimes I want others to come up with stuff too so I’m challenged. I need more creative people in my daily life – not just online! Do you often feel this way too?

Jessica – I love your work, your projects, it’s all just amazing. Keep inspiring us!

(images: bramble workshop)


  • Reply Marni @ HaberdasheryFun May 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Wow. Super talented and inspiring.. Awesome to be able to take a fine arts degree and make it into a business!

  • Reply agnes szucs / iiiinspired May 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    The giant paper flowers and those little three-dimensional geometric forms are adorable!


  • Reply EM-K | Rethink Design Studio May 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    So much talent and variation in her design capabilities! Refreshing.

  • Reply Traci May 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Awesome displays. I love reading about behind the scenes creative work.

  • Reply maryna May 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    congratulations on your wonderful new baby boy!

  • Reply Caroline Davis May 15, 2014 at 12:45 am

    REALLY LOVE Jessica’s work – colourful and oh so beautiful. Can’t wait to see more on her, more posts please ;o)

  • Reply Christine Campbell May 15, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Hi Holly, totally agree with you re Anthropologie. I made sure I visited the store when we were in London 18 months ago and was not disappointed. Made sure I purchased a few items!!! Enjoy your visit…Chris

  • Reply Galina May 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Thanks ,Holly.
    I take your words to me.”I need more creative people in my daily life – not just online”
    Very inspiring post!!!!

  • Reply Monnaie May 15, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Good decorations!

  • Reply fiona duke May 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    you are so right.
    i have never been able to walk ‘past’ an Anthropologie store. they just entice you in and before you know it you are merrily walking around and more often than not end up making a purchase……
    very clever :)

  • Reply Olivia May 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Oh wow! I love this! Totally agree, sometimes a display is what makes the store. Really refreshing. Thanks for making my day!

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