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At Home With Artist, Author, & PJ Maker Alessandra Olanow

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photograped by Yumi Matsuo

We go way back with today’s mama, Brooklyn-based artist Alessandra Olanow. In fact, her playful illustrations embellished some of our very first articles and we’ve been excited to see her soar as the years have marched on. Her Instagram feed is now a cult-followed destination, thanks to its honest explorations of life’s ups and downs through art. She published a book in 2020 (and has another on the way). And she and business partner Fiona Montgomery launched a children’s pajama brand—the whimsically designed, and named, Dodo Banana. She’s also dug her heels more thoroughly into motherhood, endured the loss of her own mother, and gone through a divorce, all topics which she continues to explore in her work. Below, the inspiring creative invites us into the space she shares with her daughter Coco (almost 7), and tells us about another big project on the horizon.

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