Portrait of Design 5

Rejuvenating the World of Art & Fashion


Lily Schlosser: Eli & Barry


Spring brings in a renewal of creativity. There’s something about the way the landscape comes back to life that reminds me the world is full of possibility and that new things and ideas come to fruition all of the time.

This issue we interviewed two Denver-based designers whose ideas and work embody the rejuvenation that comes with the season. Meet two entrepreneurs whose work is ever-evolving and who are redefining the way the fashion and art industries operate.

Lily Schlosser, the woman behind the high-quality clothing company Eli & Barry, dedicated herself to making well-edited, long-lasting clothes in the spring of 2016. Schlosser has been enamored with crafting since childhood and has explored many diverse creative mediums.

“One of my earliest birthday memories is of receiving loads of crafting kits from my friends and trying to complete them all that night,” Schlosser remembers.

Schlosser’s mother taught her to knit and sew as a child, a skill that she rediscovered in her twenties and ultimately led to the founding of Eli & Barry.

Schlosser has conscientiously woven her values into the workings of Eli & Barry, many of which run counter to standard practice in the fashion industry (think “fast fashion”). At the heart of her company is a love of fabric and the idea that clothing can be a statement of rebellion. Both environmental and personal sustainability is also central to Eli & Barry.

“I think about things like fabric being responsibly produced and workers being paid living wage, but I also think that “sustainability” should apply to the well-being of a business owner,” says Schlosser.

Schlosser goes to yoga almost every day, a practice she says has dramatically influenced her creative process by bringing calm and confidence.

Another way Schlosser is challenging the norms of the fashion industry is by creating clothes for a wide variety of body types, all of which are downright comfortable to wear.

“I’m very active and like to be able to move comfortably in what I’m wearing, but I also want to look great. I love playing with silhouettes in ways that challenge our concept of beauty!”


“The way we choose to cover our bodies can be a total act of revolution.”



Marsha Robinson: Strange Dirt




Marsha Robinson is a self-taught artist and the designer behind Strange Dirt. Robinson’s art brand creates whimsical yet complex botanical pieces reminiscent of the Art-Deco era. Her work is ever evolving; what began as a passion for fashion design and a focus on the female figure is now more of a floral theme.

“The botanical world fascinated me – I think of it as the ultimate example of true, natural beauty,” says Robinson.

Along with the content of her work, the mediums Robinson employs also continue to shift and expand. Though her current body of work began with paper and ink drawings, she has now realized her designs as apparel patches, textile wall hangings, and glassware.

“It won’t stop there,” Robinson says. “I plan to keep the wheel turning and continually add new facets to my work.”

Robinson recently signed up for a ceramics course and is hoping to see her work in 3-D soon.

While many elements of Robinson’s work are continually moving, the message has remained consistent.

“My mission as an artist is simple – to spread beauty,” reflects Robinson. “I want to move and uplift people’s spirits.”

Robinson’s intricate botanical designs, enveloped by her Art-Deco sensibility, undoubtedly achieve this goal.


“My mission as an artist is simple – to spread beauty.”