Here’s How Gabriela Hearst Is Staying Creative at Home

Vanessa Lawrence
Photo credit: Gabriela Hearst

From ELLE Decor

Photo credit: Elle Decor

For our series “Objects of Affection,” ELLE Decor is asking designers and others from an array of fields to tell us about an item in their personal space that is bringing them comfort and solace as they stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (And here’s what’s keeping the ELLE Decor team happy at home.)


Raised on an off-the-grid ranch in Uruguay, fashion designer Gabriela Hearst understands how to find joy and creativity under isolating circumstances. It is a talent that has served her extremely well in her five-year-old eponymous ready-to-wear label, whose luxurious underpinnings are founded on the premise of sustainability. Her collections utilize deadstock fabrics; her packaging is recycled and compostable; and in 2019, she held a carbon-neutral runway show, limiting her emissions by reducing electricity-powered hair and makeup and working with caterers who used local ingredients, among other practices. And that same skill for channeling artistic expression in challenging circumstances is helping her cope with the current pandemic. As she stays home in New York City, Hearst has been dipping into a beloved set of markers whose spellbinding range promises fuel for many drawings.

Prismacolor Premier Art Markers, Set of 200

“I bought these markers at Blick Art Supply. I keep one set at my studio and one at home, in my closet—the box is quite large. The latter has come in very handy these days. Normally, I do the color studies for my collections using these markers. I have images that come to my head, and I draw and paint them. It’s an intuitive process, but we can eventually dissect the colors for the season’s [direction]. The ability to express myself is a great relief. Drawing with these markers, I can process emotions; thinking of colors and patterns is something I find healing. Really, it’s been everything for me right now. As long as I have my markers, pencil, and paper, I can find happiness and calm.” —Gabriela Hearst, fashion designer

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