"TO BE NATIVE TO A PLACE, WE MUST LEARN TO SPEAK ITS LANGUAGE."
ROBIN WALL KIMMERER
WILD AT HEART
Hello, I’m so happy you’re here!
ANIMA began when I became afflicted by the beauty of kelp, so much that I wanted to wear it.
I am thrilled to share these California plant and animal prints with you, and invite you to get native!
I am an artist + ecological designer living on the Big Sur coast of California. I take inspiration from every moment I spend in the ocean, and from the amazing biodiversity in California. I have been photographing patterns in nature for as long as I can remember. My desire to know and be present to the wildlife we live with here inspires me to carry their beauty into the fabric of everyday life.
My mother taught me the practice of keen and loving observation of the natural world. I am grateful everyday to hold a sense of wonder for the endlessly thrilling colors, patterns and diversity of life that surrounds us. I want you to enjoy the same excitement, inspiration, connection and peace. Anima is my way of sharing this infinite gift my mother imparted so graciously in her lifetime.
The word anima translates from Latin as spirit, life force, breath, soul. The word animal itself derives from this root - describing that which lives and breathes. I invite you to explore the essence and abundance of life that thrives here on the Central Coast of California, and allow its beauty to nourish YOUR spirit.
ANIMA California embodies affection and reverence for the wildlife we live with, and for the wild life it allows.
PROCESS + MATERIALS
ANIMA wants to reinvent the animal print – to be an expression of our intimate connection to place, and the life we share it with.
Each pattern is a unique work of art, created from original photographs and personal experiences with wildlife.
Digital textile printing is an exciting new technology that enables exceptional photographic quality with very minimal water usage and environmentally friendly inks.
ANIMA works with natural materials, and strives to minimize carbon emissions by sourcing locally and regionally. Most cotton products are 100% organic, certified by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), with fabric that is both knitted and printed in the USA. See our SIZING + CARE page for more information on our silk and cotton materials.
Modelling these prints are people I am honored to know as friends, colleagues, and peers. Many of them are women in conservation.
ANIMA's Collections are based on local habitats, including Kelp Forest, Chaparral, Intertidal and more.
There are environmental and social consequences to the choices we make about what we wear. ANIMA wishes to offer you a source of clothing that is mindful and respectful of people and our planet. My wish is that your ANIMA garment is truly a special part of your wardrobe, for a long time.
CONSERVATION BEGINS WITH CONNECTION: GIVING BACK TO MISSION BLUE
With the utmost reverence for the ocean, 1% of the profit on your ANIMA purchase goes directly to Mission Blue – an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance that is working to rapidly create a global network of marine protected areas, or "Hope Spots," to safeguard 20% of the ocean by 2020.
"Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean—Earth‘s blue heart. Some of these Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need defined protection. About 12% of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), while less than 4% of the ocean is protected in any way. Mission Blue is committed to changing this. Networks of marine protected areas maintain healthy biodiversity, provide a carbon sink, generate life-giving oxygen, preserve critical habitat and allow low-impact activities like ecotourism to thrive. They are good for the ocean, which means they are good for us. We are often asked, “How much protection is enough?” We can only answer with another question: How much of your heart is worth protecting?"
CUSTOMIZATION + COLLABORATION
ANIMA’s greatest joy would be to make a custom plant or animal print for you. Please ask if there is a special pattern that you would love to wear, or gift to someone you love!
ANIMA would be thrilled to collaborate or adventure with you, create something beautiful to raise funds for your conservation mission, or create patterns unique to your bioregion.
"THE WORLD OFFERS ITSELF TO YOUR IMAGINATION."