Meet the Artists Behind Lenny x Fab

Dismantle the patriarchy one tote bag at a time.

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Art is a big part of the Lenny experience. Each one of our essays and interviews is always accompanied by an original illustration made by one of the highly talented artists and designers who make up our roster. (By roster, I mean the Pinterest board I keep where I continually pin art I love from the Internet and Instagram.) 

When Fab approached us, interested in a collaboration, I knew right away that we needed to do something that brought our incredible art out of the interwebs and into real life. We are really excited that you can now buy a print — or a mug or a tote — featuring some of our favorite illustrations from the past year. Many of the artists below have worked with us more than once, and they are an important part of the Lenny family. I decided it would be fun to ask them a few questions and *gasp* see what they actually look like! It's always so much fun to put a face to the art. You know and love their work, now get to know a bit more about them.    

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ALEX CITRIN, alexcitrin.com

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What is the last thing you cooked? 

Roasted chickpeas with an egg on top. The excitement most people have reserved for avocados over the years never really did it for me, but chickpeas … yes.

What was the last act of destroying the patriarchy you took part in?

I am the braless wonder of Queens Boulevard, ask anyone in Sunnyside. 

What are your five summer essentials?

Black bathing suit, rosehip oil, Karen Walker sunglasses, grapefruit juice with tequila, linen caftan (of which I own many).

What book did you read last?

Eve's Hollywood, the re-released collection of Eve Babitz's memoirs. 

What piece of art would you have in your living room if price was not an object?

I'm lucky to have traded a lot of work over the years between other artist friends, but one thing I've really been wanting for a while is one of Dave Singley's paintings. Or Smoker #13 by Tom Wesselmann. Or the full set of RAW magazines, the independent mag run by Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman in the 1980s, which would then sit on the coffee table in the living room, so I think that counts.

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JORDAN SONDLER, jordansondler.com 

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What is the last thing you cooked?

An arugula salad with a tahini-and-Greek-yogurt dressing. Also gluten-free strawberry-rhubarb muffins!

What was the last act of destroying the patriarchy you took part in?

I bring female creatives in on my projects, or collaborate with them whenever I get the chance. I make a point to connect my friends with clients and creative contacts because I get really excited when we are all happy and succeeding.

What are your five summer essentials?

Sea salt soap, a smiley face cooler bag, watermelon, Glossier's phase 2 (the make up is so natural feeling & looking), and Beyonce's Lemonade.

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What book did you read last?

The last book that really made an impact on me was Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.

What piece of art would you have in your living room if price was not an object?

One of Kelly Beeman's paintings of beautiful women.


SALLY NIXON, @sallustration

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What is the last thing you cooked

I reheated some leftover pizza the other day.

What was the last act of destroying the patriarchy you took part in?

I voted. 

What are your five summer essentials?

A playlist of chill, girly, floaty music; my mom's bourbon slushes; fresh tomatoes; any '90s TV teen drama on Netflix; deodorant.

What book did you read last?

The Shining by Stephen King

What piece of art would you have in your living room if price was not an object?

An original Edward Gorey drawing would be pretty rad. I would die. 


GWENDAL LE BEC, gwendallebec.com

What is the last thing you cooked? 

I just made a salad for lunch, I had it with some Chablis and some Comté, I have to say it was a pretty nice lunch.

What was the last act of destroying the patriarchy you took part in?

I don't have any groundbreaking actions to report. To me it's more about how I am trying to live my everyday life in an inclusive and fair way. 

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What are your five summer essentials?

Sea, sex and sun obviously, like Gainsbourg's song and I would add mountains and good food.

What book did you read last?

The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq, it's absolutely fantastic.

What piece of art would you have in your living room if price was not an object?

A painting of David Hockney probably… One of his English landscapes.


LOUISE RICHARDSON, @louisearich

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What is the last thing you cooked? 

10:30pm chili prawn linguine. Tip: don't take your contact lenses out directly after. 

What was the last act of destroying the patriarchy you took part in?

I've started graffitiing uteruses to combat all the badly drawn, generic penises that are EVERYWHERE.

What are your five summer essentials?

Street drinking with your best pals. Watermelon to share in the office. A big scarf so you can sunbathe on demand. Sunglasses to wear on your face or on your head to make you look taller. A backup plan for when it rains. 

What book did you read last?

I read a script, does that count? Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour.

What piece of art would you have in your living room if price was not an object?

This is too hard, so I'd commission Mirka Mora, Swoon, Lina Iris Viktor, Zohra Opoku and Adeline de Monseignat to collaborate on a mural, which would involve dream chats and lots of wine. 


GEL JAMLANG, geljamlang.com

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What is the last thing you cooked? 

One of my favorite things to eat: A simple pasta dish with olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, prosciutto and loads of parmesan. I could bathe in Parmiggiano-Reggiano. 

What was the last act of destroying the patriarchy you took part in?

I volunteered to contribute an illustration for an independent book about influential women that made a difference. 

What are your five summer essentials?

Black tank, old shirts with cut off sleeves, ice-cold Diet Coke, a pedicure, and dry shampoo.

What book did you read last?

The Outlander series. I'm a sucker for James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser. I wish I had a better answer than that!

What piece of art would you have in your living room if price was not an object?

"Inventaire" by Maude Maris. The second I saw it, my heart ached and I haven't forgotten that painting since. This is me being decisive because I could list more than a handful. 


HALLIE BATEMAN, halliebateman.com

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What is the last thing you cooked? 

I made zucchini bread to use up some zucchinis I had laying around. I only had a few of the ingredients so I decided to improvise. I threw so much in there … it came out pretty bad but was partially saved by chocolate chips. I ended up throwing it away after eating a few pieces. It didn't matter too much; I mostly needed to bake something for the emotional experience anyway. And to get those zucchinis out of my sight. Since I work from home, rotting produce probably occupies way more of my thoughts than is healthy. 

What was the last act of destroying the patriarchy you took part in?

I flipped off a skyscraper on 4/20.

What are your five summer essentials?

Fruit, shorts, sunscreen, seltzer, friends

What book did you read last? 

I am re-reading Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg. I read it for the first time last year and it caused me to radically reconsider the way I talk and listen in my everyday life. 

What piece of art would you have in your living room if price was not an object?

A giant color piece by Ellsworth Kelly that I could sit and stare at for ages and ages. Maybe "Red Blue" or "Blue Red" or "Blue Red Green II" or "Yellow Green Blue" or "Yellow Blue Red" (I'm making these up but I guarantee you they exist and I would love any of them.)


KRISTIN LIU WONG, kristenliuart.com

What is the last thing you cooked?

Wings!

What was the last act of destroying the patriarchy you took part in?

Well I just mailed in my ballot early, and I definitely did NOT vote for a certain misogynist, so I guess that was my last (small) act.

What are your five summer essentials?

Sunscreen, weed, Mango-ritas, denim short shorts, my homies to do fun stuff with.

What book did you read last?

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

What piece of art would you have in your living room if price was not an object?

I'd love to have a Jonas Wood piece – maybe Blackwelder Studio Exterior or Dinosaur Pots Still Life.


Don't forget to check out the full collab at Fab.com!

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