Xen Garden, by Olivia Schoeff, is our newest print this fall which incorporates koi fish and lots of florals. This colorway is perfect for the season and features lilacs, greens, and dark purples. Here are our top 5 must-haves from the Xen Garden print collection for fall:
Which is your fave?
The print of the month, Xen Garden by Olivia Schoeff, is our newest print for the fall season. Xen Garden symbolizes that “the essence of nature encourages inner bravery and courage” and incorporates koi fish and lots of florals. This print is tied to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of the most diverse gardens in the world. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. It offers a place where visitors can experience nature, learn about plants and the environment in an ‘outdoor classroom ‘. They aim for visitors to connect with and more fully understand the need to protect nature.
The girls at Philadelphia University had a great time at homecoming with their new Sakroots swag! Campus Circle ambassador, Jessica Galatro, spread the word about Sakroots and handed out some of our fave printed accessories. Check it out:
Want to join the Campus Circle team? Find out more here!
“Dare to be different, to be wrong, to look wrong.” – Howard Marks
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Junior at USM, Mallary Boykin, is one of our newest Campus Circle Ambassadors. Mallary is involved in organizations at school, as well as a full-time student, including the Campus Circle program. Find out more about her below!
What college do you attend? I attend The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
What’s your major? I am majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
What’s your favorite Sakroots product? My favorite Sakroots product would have to be the smartphone wristlet. It has all the compartments a college girl needs: a phone holder, wallet, and a key ring!
What do you want to do after you graduate? After graduating from USM, I hope to be working in Hattiesburg, MS at the Forrest General Hospital on the children’s floor or at Grace Christian School.
Why did you join the Campus Circle? I enjoy the marketing/retail business. Selling items and making others happy is a joy for me. In my future, I hope to have a business of my own. This is just practice for the days ahead!
What’s a fun fact about you? A fun fact about me: I most always have big hair wherever I go! I love big hair.
What’s you best college experience so far? My best college experience so far has been joining the Big Brother Big Sister program on campus, where we mentor/be a role model for children who have no one to look up to in their life.
Best part about being a campus circle ambassador with Sakroots? Meeting new people every single day has to be the best part about partaking in the Campus Circle Ambassador program! Sharing with other is a passion. With this program, I can do just that.
What do you like most about Sakroots as a brand? I love that Sakroots keeps up with the latest styles and trends.
What do you see yourself being/doing in 15 years? In 15 years from now, I see myself as a successful, working mom. I hope to be working in the school system as a Speech Pathologist and possibly owner of a boutique/working for a great company like Sakroots.
What’s a typical day like at school for you? A typical day at USM for me is attending my speech classes, with my friend Kaleigh, using my wonderful Sakroots book!
Want to find out more about the Campus Circle program and how to become one? Check it out here!
Treasure Island, a two day festival in San Francisco, will take place next Saturday the 18th until the 19th! We are loving this lineup including Outkast, Zedd, Janelle Monáe, and so many more! There will be tons to do at the festival including music, games, and a giant ferris wheel to ride. Check out more about this awesome event here!
Which fall festival are you most excited for?
After submitting her art to our “Unleash Your Inner Artist” Contest, xen garden was the top voted art submission and was chosen as the winner! Find out more behind the mind of the xen garden creator, olivia schoeff.
WHERE DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE?
I GRADUATED FROM NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A DEGREE IN ART AND DESIGN, SPRING 2013.
WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN ART AND DESIGN?
I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A LOVE FOR ART AND EVEN WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I STROVE TO PERFECT MY CRAFT. I GOT A LITTLE BIT OBSESSIVE AND FRUSTRATED AT A YOUNG AGE WITH MAKING MY COLORING BOOKS BEAUTIFUL. I THEN REALIZED HOW TO DIRECT THAT PASSION; IN A LESS STRESSFUL AND MORE HARMONIC WAY, ILLUSTRATING FACES I SAW AND ALLOWING COLORS TO MOVE OUTSIDE THE LINES. MY PASSION HAS CERTAINLY STAYED WITH ME AND GROWN THROUGH THE YEARS.
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT SAKROOTS?
I FOUND OUT ABOUT SAKROOTS THROUGH MY UNCLE AND AUNT DOWN IN ATLANTA, GA. THEY TOOK A PICTURE OF A SAKROOTS DISPLAY IN A DEPARTMENT STORE AND SENT IT TO ME, COMMENTING ON HOW THE PATTERNS LOOKED LIKE MY AESTHETIC. I REALIZED THAT I HAD SEEN SAKROOTS BAGS AND WALLETS BEFORE, AND I ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE BRAND AS A WHOLE ALONG WITH THE MESSAGE THAT THEY STROVE TO DELIVER. UPON VISITING THEIR WEBSITE, I FOUND THE “UNLEASH YOUR INNER ARTIST” CONTEST AND I FELT THAT I WAS MEANT TO SUBMIT SOME OF MY ARTWORK!
WHAT’S YOUR STYLE LIKE?
IT IS KIND OF HARD TO SAY, HAVING JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND EXPERIMENTING WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. I CAN HOWEVER SEE SOME TRENDS APPEARING IN ALL OF MY WORKS. I ALWAYS DRAW MY INSPIRATION FROM NATURE AND ITS BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF. LIGHT IS ALWAYS USED OR CONSIDERED IN MY WORKS, WHETHER IT IS IN THE TRANSPARENCY OF THE MATERIAL OR THE LIGHT AND SHADOW, MADE PROMINENT IN ILLUSTRATIONS. TEXTURE IS ALSO SOMETHING I PUT INTO ALL OF MY WORK, THROUGH EMBROIDERY, LAYERING OR LINE WORK.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE THIS PRINT?
IN FRONT OF MY OLD APARTMENT IN RALEIGH, THERE WAS A KOI POND, AND WATCHING THE FISH SWIM AS WELL AS THE FLOWERS GROWING AROUND IT INSPIRED ME FOR THE PRINT.
WHAT WAS THE CONTEST PROCESS LIKE?
IT WAS SO EXCITING AND NERVE WRACKING AT THE SAME TIME! I FELT SO GOOD ABOUT THE PRINT AS WELL AS THE BRAND THAT IT MEANT THE WORLD TO ME, SO WAITING IN ANTICIPATION TO FIND OUT ABOUT BEING IN THE TOP TEN AND THEN WAITING TO HEAR THE END RESULT WAS HARD. ONCE I FOUND OUT I HAD WON IT WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE TO MAKE PROGRESS ON THE PRINT AND WORK WITH THE SAKROOTS TEAM.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU DID WHEN YOU FOUND OUT YOU WON?
THE FIRST THING I DID WAS LET OUT A SCREECH SO LOUD THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT I HURT MYSELF… THEN I CALLED MY PARENTS!
IS DESIGNING ARTWORK FOR ACCESSORIES SOMETHING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO?
DESIGNING FOR ACCESSORIES HAS ALWAYS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE. TO HAVE MY ILLUSTRATION APPLIED TO BAGS AND ACCESSORIES SOLD NATIONWIDE IS AMAZING, AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY SOMETHING I’VE ALWAYS WANTED.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO NEXT IN YOUR CAREER?
I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP PRODUCING ART THAT CAN BE SEEN BY A WIDE AUDIENCE THE WAY THAT THIS WILL BE. IT IS AN INCREDIBLE FEELING TO BE WORKING ON SOMETHING THAT MEANS SO MUCH. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PATTERN DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION, SO INCORPORATING THAT INTO MY FUTURE PLANS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. MY OVERALL CAREER GOAL IS TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT BRINGING MY VISION TO LIFE FOR A WIDE AUDIENCE AND BEING ABLE TO SUSTAIN MYSELF AT THE SAME TIME. IF I COULD DO WHAT I AM DOING NOW AS A CAREER, HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN NC, I WOULD BE SO THRILLED.
Check out more about Olivia here!