• Homebody: Wesley Bird

    DENY Designs is a constantly changing collective of talented artists, one of whom is Wesley Bird. Since Wesley's cozy DENY textiles are currently being sold online at Urban Outfitters, we decided to find out a little more about her and what she does to keep cozy during the winter months. —Katie

    Photos courtesy of Wesley Bird

    Tell us a little bit about yourself.
    My name is Wesley Bird and I'm currently dwelling in West L.A.! I am a full-time designer by day and an ultra-doodler, obsessive letterer and illustrator by night. I'm madly obsessed with my Yorkie (Tom Sawyer), my apartment, and black leather jackets.

    Which design from your DENY x UO collab is your favorite?
    Hmmm, this is hard... I feel attached to them all equally! But since I have to pick a favorite, probably the Saltwood Shower Curtain or the True Sign Throw Pillow.

    Who are three of your favorite artists?
    Top of my list will always be Steven Harrington. He is beyond rad and fully inspires me, not just through his art but his insane work ethic. Dan Cassaro and KAWS easily make up my top three.

    What are some things you do to make your own homes cozier in the colder months?
    CANDLES EVERYWHERE! I'll probably end up torching my apartment one of these days. And tons of fur blankets. And as weird as this may sound, Lava Lamps.

    Photos courtesy of Wesley Bird

    Any amazing thrift shops or flea markets near you?
    I feel super lucky because I live close to tons of really great ones in L.A. The Rose Bowl Flea is pretty much the jackpot of all fleas. Good friends of mine have scored the most amazing treasures there. And this isn't really a thrift shop or flea, but there is the tiniest little shop on the side of the road on the way to the Grand Canyon from Cali called The Skull Shack. It's exactly what it sounds like: tons of really amazing and different sun-bleached skulls. It's one of my favorite discoveries.

    Where are some of your favorite cozy spots in your city?
    I love the Fall/Winter here! It's so foggy in the mornings. Urth Caffe, Intelligentsia Coffee, and Groundworks are my favorite cozy drink spots. I'm also obsessed with galleries and museums, so I hit those when it's cold outside. Known Gallery on Fairfax is always a good choice.

    When you’re curled up at home for the night, what do you like to do?
    I'm a homebody, so coming home at the end of a long work day is the greatest feeling in the world! I snuggle up next to my dog and drink tea and sketch with reruns of Sons of Anarchy on the TV. Throw in some homemade pizza and we're golden.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?
    Dark chocolate with sea salt. I've recently started to make my own at home and play with adding different ingredients. This week I made a batch with blackberries and honey. It's safe to say I might be addicted…

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