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Because I’m Hapi

No season is happier than summertime.  The warm sun, an easy breezy soundtrack — with an inescapable top hit actually entitled Happy — and bright cheery colors, such as these patterned works of art by Hapi!

art by hapi

Hapi Art + Pattern is the handiwork of Kristi Kohut, a Chicago based multi-media artist who creates organic shapes and textures using everything from thread to crayon.

art by hapi

I first found Hapi through and immediately stocked some of her neon-ish patterned pieces in my boutique.

art by hapi

I love the lined pieces especially — they are very Mark Rothko tripping in a candy store-esque.  Yes?!  And I mean that in the best way.  Funky and festive and ridiculously happy.

art by hapi

Tell me this one doesn’t make you wanna gumdrop.  I don’t even like gumdrops, but this one on the left makes me think of sugary goodness.

Though Kristi’s work is very modern in presentation, it seems steeped in nostalgia.  Some pieces are reminiscent of summery days at the shore, sand between your toes, waves crashing.  Others invoke the giddiness of waiting for the ice cream truck with sweaty clenched fistfuls of coins.  Wide eyes gaze at these works like those of small children in a candy store for the first time.  Pure happiness.

You can shop Hapi online in my shop or you can find some of her work in West Elm.  How insanely cool is that?

This post is part of’s #makegood campaign, in which I was partnered with a few other tastemakers to bring you some summer lovin’ inspiration today — check them out:  The Jealous Curator  //  Mai Autumn //  The Artsy Forager


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