Born to Macedonian immigrants, Elissa grew up on the sun-soaked shores of Australia. She learned to sew on her mother’s old foot pedal singer at the early age of eight and developed an obsession for colour and creative clothing. After traveling the world working as a designer and seamstress from the stages of Warner Brothers to the Theatres of the West End of London, she settled down in New York with her family.
Since Elissa has been separated from her motherland for so long she has wondered how to reconnect herself with what lies deep in her heart. Her family, her Australian culture and her people. Always fascinated about the Dreamtime stories she would hear about as a child, Elissa wanted reconnect with Aboriginal culture and learn more about the oldest living Indigenous peoples in the world. Once she realized that connecting the two things that could help her to fill the missing gap in her heart the rest was easy. By connecting the job she loves to do (design & create) with the Australian culture that she misses.
Elissa loves to tinker with photography and distort the canvas for reprint on to fabrics. The first two original pieces that were produced for the Sunzi collection were the Tanami Dry and the Tanami ripples prints. Both of which are inspired by the beauty of the Tanami Desert.