niceLena & friends

I started my line in 2002, inside a gallery/boutique in Chicago called Monkey Business. While my background was in painting, I quickly fell in love with crafting and the speed at which I could express myself.  It's sort of like doodling and sketching and way better suited to my  short attention span.  I'm good as long as I can make stuff with colors.  

I grew up in S. Korea and most of my early years was spent outside, surrounded by nature. Thankfully, my memories are filled with mountain climbing, rummaging through garbage,  picking wild edible plants, building fires, roasting fish, and playing in make-shift forts. This need for imaginative play is the driving force behind my design process and I build on those ideas with bold colors and patterns. 

1235 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60202