Our third release for March's FFxFF colab is by Steph Liebetreu, Production Technician and illustrator extraordinaire, who brings us a host of her whimsically decorated wares! Steph sources her imagery from old fairy tales, mythologies, anime and her own brain! We are constantly excited and inspired by what Steph is producing, and are proud to have her as a member of our team!
Full name: Stephanie Nastassja Liebetreu
Favorite Studio Music: Animal Crossing Soundtrack, David Bowie & Beat Happening
How did you come to work at F+F?
S: My sister, as you may know, is Maritza the OG Felt+Fat employee. I was living and working in Atlanta after graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in Printmaking with no notions on leaving. Fate had other plans though. I visited Philly to help Maritza move up here and felt a strange magnetism to the place. Then, Nate offered me a job and it just felt like a sign. After much deliberation I decided to uproot and start anew.
What inspired your collaborative pieces for our FFxFF series?
S: I have always been kind of obsessed with animals and magic. Books were my escape, and the memories associated with those stories are dear to me. The animals and imagery I chose to use are ones that are often associated with fantasy and some of the most common human experiences. Toads, bats and cats have ties to magic and spooky happenings. Crows are significant beings in many cultures, with roles as guides, helpers and villains. These things create a sense of personal connection with the pieces, and their cultural significance connects them with whoever interacts with them.
What do you do when you're not in the studio?
S: I make a lot of my personal work at my home nest/workspace. When I'm not doing that I love reading, watching movies and playing video games. I'm a bit of a hermit. I'm also a part of This Many Boyfriends Club with Maritza and Emily.