The friendship between Minneapolis fashion illustrator Cait Courneya and Megan Gonzalez, owner of local stationery and design company MaeMae & Co., has blossomed into a creative collaboration. The pair recently launched a six-piece line of co-designed pillows and wall art featuring such tropical imagery as pineapples and palm leaves—a nod to Los Angeles, where both designers have lived. They selected a simple black-and-white palette to marry Courneya’s softer, fluid style with MaeMae & Co.’s harder, graphic aesthetic. “I don’t typically work in black and white,” says Courneya, “but I really love how Megan pushed me to think about my work in a new way and explore my boundaries.” As for Gonzalez, the collaboration encouraged her to think beyond flat surfaces and inspired her to work on more prints and textiles. Because, after all, that’s what friends are for. • caitcourneya.com, shop.maemaeco.com
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BONUS: Read a Q&A with the duo’s on their collaboration on our TC Style blog.