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Nov 27, 2015

by Khristian A. Howell

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Khristian A. Howell, and I’m a color and pattern expert, designer, and author. I use color and pattern with abandon to create products made for fearlessly chic living. I live and work in Atlanta with my husband and our little one.

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Like many makers today, I came to do what I do in a line that zig zags. I don’t have an art degree; I actually studied advertising and French at the University of Georgia. After I finished school, I realized that advertising wasn’t quite for me, but I wasn’t sure where to go from there. I knew I loved graphic design and fashion, but I had no idea about the world of textile and surface design.

After a few years navigating my way through entry-level design gigs, I found myself in Seattle with my boyfriend (now husband), where I landed a job as a colorist at a well-known retailer. I sat with all the textile artists, and soon, I started asking questions…lots and lots of questions. They had an enormous workload, and after some time, they started giving me small tasks. I would often stay late to teach myself the programs they used and practice designing. In a short time, I started sending my own artwork into buy meetings; soon, my title morphed into colorist and textile artist.

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Working as an in-house artist was one of the biggest gifts I could have ever received. The experience taught me to not only focus on making beautiful things, but also to think about the business side of making beautiful things. After working very, very hard for five years, I decided I was ready to live my life in a more autonomous fashion, so I left my job on the faith that if I could have work appear in this amazing store, I could certainly make it happen for myself, too. With that, I began working with print studios – and then moved on to licensing my designs. Seeking even more control and autonomy, I opened my Etsy shop in November 2010.

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When I create, everything begins with color. I need to have a connection to the color palette before I can even begin thinking about patterns. For me, the color is so connected to the story that often the direction for the artwork stems directly from the feeling the colors evoke for me. In terms of creating the actual designs, sometimes I draw by hand with markers, inks or acrylics, or sometimes I go digital. It depends on what look I’m after, and honestly, what mood I am in.

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I’m endlessly inspired by travel. I’ve been to France, Spain, London, New York, and Birmingham several times, as well as Croatia. I’ve also lived in very distinct regions in the US, including Seattle, Austin, and Atlanta. What I love most about travel is that it gets me out of my norm, and allows my creative energy to come to the surface. Being away makes me feel like time ceases to exist; in these moments, when I have no other obligations, I feel deeply creative and I am able to hone in on my inner voice. Listening to my creative intuition feels magical.

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Selling on Etsy has allowed me to introduce my work to a new, different audience than the one I reach on my own site. I’m always impressed and thankful for how patient and responsive my Etsy buyers are. It’s nice to interact directly with them, and know that the detail I put into my craft is appreciated. In terms of the future, there is so much around the corner. We always have our hands in many, many pots! In addition to revamping our licensing program, we are also looking to grow our stockists.

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All photographs by Niki Malek for Khristian A. Howell Color + Pattern + Space.

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UNE FEMME blush and navy floral 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
UNE FEMME blush and navy floral 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
Analucia yellow floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
Analucia yellow floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
HOLIDAY buffalo plaid classic black, evergreen, mint, or red 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
HOLIDAY buffalo plaid classic black, evergreen, mint, or red 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
UNE FEMME floral tech caseiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
UNE FEMME floral tech caseiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
UNE FEMME navy and blush modern floral art print
UNE FEMME navy and blush modern floral art print
KhristianAHowell
$28.00 USD
WALLPAPER SAMPLE 8" x 11" peel and stick vinyl or pre-pasted paper
WALLPAPER SAMPLE 8" x 11" peel and stick vinyl or pre-pasted paper
KhristianAHowell
$12.00 USD
MICHELLA 8 x 10 modern watercolor floral art print (more sizes)
MICHELLA 8 x 10 modern watercolor floral art print (more sizes)
KhristianAHowell
$28.00 USD
NINA blush and navy tile print  20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
NINA blush and navy tile print 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
BESSIE faux cow print  20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
BESSIE faux cow print 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
HOLIDAY mosaic black or white 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
HOLIDAY mosaic black or white 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
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$8.99 USD
Rosy HOLIDAY words 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
Rosy HOLIDAY words 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
CHIC iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
CHIC iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
ANALUCIA 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
ANALUCIA 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
Abstract MOSAIC in white or black iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
Abstract MOSAIC in white or black iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
Bryant Park Balkans floral phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 *** As SEEN at NORDSTROM
Bryant Park Balkans floral phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 *** As SEEN at NORDSTROM
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
SONAR desert, unisex, all occasion gift wrap sheets, 20 x 29" in 2 pk
SONAR desert, unisex, all occasion gift wrap sheets, 20 x 29" in 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
ARIA green geo holiday print 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
ARIA green geo holiday print 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
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$8.99 USD
ANSLEY PARK delicate faux gold florals 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
ANSLEY PARK delicate faux gold florals 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
GOLD STROKES faux gold bolts 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
GOLD STROKES faux gold bolts 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
NINETTE hot geo phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
NINETTE hot geo phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
Bessie faux cow print tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
Bessie faux cow print tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
MICHELLA watercolor floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
MICHELLA watercolor floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
DEUCES peace out tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
DEUCES peace out tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
DEUCES peace sign print  20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
DEUCES peace sign print 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
WEEKEND COCKTAILS floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
WEEKEND COCKTAILS floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
CITY LOVE LONDON modern city art print
CITY LOVE LONDON modern city art print
KhristianAHowell
$28.00 USD
tradeSHOW + TELL: The Definitive Guide to Trade Show Success
tradeSHOW + TELL: The Definitive Guide to Trade Show Success
KhristianAHowell
$197.00 USD
Plum Color Cap iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
Plum Color Cap iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
Phone Restocking Fee
Phone Restocking Fee
KhristianAHowell
$18.00 USD
DOLCE tropical floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
DOLCE tropical floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
LONGWEEKEND BLUES dainty floral phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
LONGWEEKEND BLUES dainty floral phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
LEOPARD 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
LEOPARD 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
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$8.99 USD
LEOPARD tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
LEOPARD tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
FIG LIFE fauna tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
FIG LIFE fauna tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
OPEN HEART phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
OPEN HEART phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
SHIPPING UPGRADE add on
SHIPPING UPGRADE add on
KhristianAHowell
$10.00 USD
HONDURAS inspired floral art print
HONDURAS inspired floral art print
KhristianAHowell
$28.00 USD
HOLIDAY fireworks 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
HOLIDAY fireworks 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
Analucia Merlot floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
Analucia Merlot floral tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
TULUM 2020 large canvas wall calendar
TULUM 2020 large canvas wall calendar
KhristianAHowell
$99.00 USD
DOLCE 2020 large canvas wall calendar
DOLCE 2020 large canvas wall calendar
KhristianAHowell
$99.00 USD
DEUCES 2020 large canvas wall calendar
DEUCES 2020 large canvas wall calendar
KhristianAHowell
$99.00 USD
ANALUCIA 2020 large canvas wall calendar
ANALUCIA 2020 large canvas wall calendar
KhristianAHowell
$99.00 USD
UNE FEMME 2020 large canvas wall calendar
UNE FEMME 2020 large canvas wall calendar
KhristianAHowell
$99.00 USD
FIG LIFE fig leaves 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets
FIG LIFE fig leaves 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
HOLIDAY rosy twinkle 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
HOLIDAY rosy twinkle 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
BLUSH color capsule collection  20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
BLUSH color capsule collection 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
WEEKEND COCKTAILS tissue florals 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets
WEEKEND COCKTAILS tissue florals 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
DENIM color capsule collection  20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
DENIM color capsule collection 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
CAVA in melon or black tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
CAVA in melon or black tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
MICHELLA multi-colored floral print  20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
MICHELLA multi-colored floral print 20" x 29" gift wrap sheets 2 pk
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
Dresden teal green Color Cap phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
Dresden teal green Color Cap phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
CITY LOVE PARIS modern city art print
CITY LOVE PARIS modern city art print
KhristianAHowell
$28.00 USD
GOLD STROKES faux gold tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
GOLD STROKES faux gold tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
TILES black and white geo tile print phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
TILES black and white geo tile print phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
FEARLESSLY CHIC MANTRA art print
FEARLESSLY CHIC MANTRA art print
KhristianAHowell
$28.00 USD
LONG WEEKEND florals 20" x 29" gift wrap sheet
LONG WEEKEND florals 20" x 29" gift wrap sheet
KhristianAHowell
$8.99 USD
BUFFALO PLAID tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
BUFFALO PLAID tech case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
Denim blue Color Cap phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
Denim blue Color Cap phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD
Blush Color Cap phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
Blush Color Cap phone case iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X/Xs, Samsung Galaxy S6 + more!
KhristianAHowell
$39.99 USD

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