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LAist Interview: Doris Oswald-Burrell

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One thing we've noticed about little kids in LA is how well-dressed they are. We've seen babies sporting adorable customized onesies that don't look like they all came from Baby Gap and we're awfully glad to see that not all LA kids wear teeny, tiny Uggs. Curious about the variety of kid clothing choices, we've been looking around the LA kid clothing scene and discovered LA artist Doris Oswald-Burrell's line of children's clothing while surfing her website,
Oswald-Burrell's colorful designs are eye-catching and fun. You can order items from the line from the website or visit the "all kids can fly" booth at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Ivar on Sundays.

Doris now sells T-Shirts in Mom sizes, too... This week, our favorite design is Tricycle Girl.

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40. Mom, artist, business owner in changing order.

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?

I first came to the States and to LA in December ¹92, though moving around a lot, I¹ve always stayed in the Los Feliz/Silverlake area.

Why did you establish your kid's clothing line?

That¹s a tough one. It kind of happened without plan, but yet everything pointed that way. I was 37 when I got pregnant. I was told I was a high risk pregnancy and accordingly spent many, many sleepless nights worrying about my child.

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Losing everything in my life was nothing new to me. I grew up in fostercare and had been on the road alone since I was 16. Too many times I had heard "you can¹t", "just be average", "make money and get out". Well, I did get out. I put myself thru highschool, got a BA in Art Education, managed to get a scholarship to USC and graduated from there with an MA in ¹98.

Though I always thought I had everything under control in my life, now being pregnant freaked me out. So one day I sat down at my computer with the intention to draw for my daughter what I wished for her most in life‹and out came a girl, jumping on her bed, head and arms way up, screaming "I can fly."

From there everything fell into place. "The Girl jumping on the Bed" became a T-shirt design, and now there are 11 other "I can fly." kids. They are black and white, Hispanic, Asian or biracial like my daughter. They love life but most of all they all can fly!

After having gone thru a phase of wild and punky animal designs I now have a new group of "I can fly¹s" called "Circus, Circus, Circus". They are a twenties looking, fun homage on the travelling small town circus spectacular--where ordinary people do extraordinary things.