Between the two of them, Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen had designed clothing, jewelry, movie sets, music videos, and Martha Stewart shoots, plus dabbled in painting, drawing, pattern-making, sewing, and crocheting before teaming up creatively in 2008. Ho had even been a studio assistant for Tom Sachs, making foam Hello Kittys with a medical scalpel (and slicing open her hands almost weekly in the process). So it took a particular kind of alchemy for the pair to decide that -- out of all their talents and interests -- they would devote their days to making paper party decorations, the kind you'd expect to find in a dollar store if they weren't so uniquely beautiful. "With our backgrounds in set design and prop styling, Nick and I always loved transforming spaces for our friends' parties," says Ho. "We saw how it changed people's moods, and that's when we had the idea. We started it as an art project, making party objects like a piÃ±ata, blindfold, and necklace."
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Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.