Here she is! My first Paper Friend.

Paper Friends is a new post I want to share with you guys. Each week I’ll introduce one of my real life friends to you… and tell you a litttttle bit about them. I figured since they are pretty cool (and eclectic), they’d make for some interesting subjects. Plus, there’s somethin about illustrating someone you know so well that makes for an interesting drawing.

This is, you guessed it, Melissa (Meli for short!), one of my closest friends. Meli is a visual merchandise designer for Estée Lauder in NYC. All those makeup displays you see on counters in the stores, yup, she designs those. Pretty cool if you ask me. Once she dressed up as a giant Estée Lauder night cream.

I have my fair share of lipsticks thanks to this lady… and I’m obsessed with her Anthropologie floral embroidered shorts!

So what do you think? Do you want to meet more of my friends?!

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  1. Georgina says:

    What an incredibly creative idea! I love this! You are so inspiring, I most definitely would love to meet more of your “paper” friends!!!!

  2. Francesca says:

    Really love it!

  3. sarah says:

    wow how cool is her job!!
    love the illustration by the way and it’s a thumbs up from me to meet more of your ‘paper’ friends!!

  4. Jyoti says:

    This is a really cool idea, and I like how you injected so much personality into the drawing. I would totally like to see more of your friends in paper form!

  5. irene says:

    Love it. I am thrilled by her job description. I like the way you seem to have her character shining through. Good job.

  6. navneet says:

    Hello Melisa,
    I really enjoy yr paper friend, they look nice and you have good thinking and I would like to meet more of yours friend

  7. paperfashion says:

    thanks guys! so glad you like Paper Friends!!!! i’m stoked about doing more… and Meli was a great start- she’s got an awesome job, and LOTS of personality!!! More to come! <3

  8. Jessica says:

    What a great idea! I love your website… you’re so talented

    I’m so excited to see more paper friends
    xo Jessica

  9. Tina says:

    I think your work is exquisite!

  10. Molly Alone says:

    absolutely! especially if they rock a topknot as awesomely as melissa!

  11. Fantastic work, girl!
    and I mean it!!!
    Love your drawings, your blog and your style…

    What I don’t like is that I couldn’t find how to follow???
    Where is your Bloglovin?

    I’m bookmarking you for now… Looking forward to more.

    Big respect,

  12. Yola Thorp says:

    Love all of your work.


  13. Melissa Tashiro says:

    i love your work :)

  14. Wow…awesome Kate!!

  15. paperfashion says:

    thank you so much!!!!! :)

  16. Annalise says:

    This is so sweet! I love your artistic style and would love to meet more of your friends.

  17. What a beautiful illustration of your friend. Lovely colours.

  18. allyn says:

    i adore it! yes, please keep them coming. your friends are too cute. love all the personality in one illo.

  19. Aziz says:

    - Dear Kyle and Allison:This website is amaizng and you can see all the hard work you have put into it. We enjoyed the look back at your last 3 years.What!! Is it really 3 years already??? You guys look so good andtotally in love which I must say makes the parents of Allison very happy and proud of all the great things you have done together. We had a great evening drinking wine and crusing thruall your very inventive pictures. Dad wants to know where you comeup with all the places you shoot. You pick or the couple picks.Hey but in the end it’s all look fabulowso.We are very proud of both of you. Kises and Hugs Mom and Dad

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