Anisa Makhoul (pronounced like “McCool,” how cool is that?) has an interesting life story.
The daughter of a Lebanese beekeeper (!) she loves to travel. After graduating from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in Printmaking, she launched her own clothing label, Makool. Anisa designed and screen-printed clothing and fabric at Makool for 10 years at her own shop in Portland, Oregon. She designed for multiple celebrities and received accolades from major publications like Design Sponge, Nylon, and Lucky Magazine.
After her son was born, Anisa and her husband decided to pursue their dream of living abroad and moved to Amsterdam. “It was the canal houses and the old world beauty of Europe that sent me peddling on my bike to the art supply store to purchase my very first set of gouache paints,” she said. Soon after, Anisa started a blog, and in 2014, she had her very first solo show in Amsterdam. Things started to snowball for Anisa and she began doing editorial work and licensing her art.
Today Anisa and her family live in sunny Portland, Oregon. “Europe will always have my heart and I return frequently,” she said. About her art Anisa remarked, “here’s my journey communicated visually, because visual communication is my mother tongue.”
See? I told you it was interesting!