I work in bespoke hand painted "wearable works of art" that show off your unique personal style or wedding theme. These custom creations are one-of-a-kind pieces painted entirely by hand for your day and beyond. My speciality is working with couples who are looking a little off the beaten path and want clothing that can fit the story and aesthetic that is uniquely "them."
Something for Everyone
Bridal dresses often take the spotlight in wedding fashion, but painted clothing and accessories can give anyone a special look for the day. I put equal focus on outfits for grooms, non-traditional couples, and other members of your family or wedding party. One of my favorite clients has been a couple who wanted a dress painted for the bride's grandmother, who was their flower girl!
I paint on high-quality secondhand pieces or items given to me by the client to promote slower, more conscious fashion. If you don't yet have an item to paint--for instance, if you are here to find a wedding dress--I will work with you in finding the perfect piece(s) to personalize.
The personal nature and non-traditional lean of most of these pieces often means they don't have to be one-use, but rather can be worn over and over again after the event.
My Process and Materials
Couples may commission a single item to be painted, or expand to complementing or matching sets in your party. Scarves or ties make excellent gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, or family members! I offer discounts for larger/multi-item commissions.
Items or outfits can be fully painted, partially painted, or feature small motifs, colors, or patterns. I can paint any theme in any style or aesthetic, and work closely with you in designing the exact look that you want. This includes a preliminary consultation, a detailed dive into your piece(s) with sketches and/or samples, and updates as I work so you can be involved in every step of the process.
I use specialized fabric paints and have not yet met a fabric they don't work on, but will consult with you if either of us has concerns. Washability of fabrics/clothing is unchanged by these paints; in other words, if your dress is machine washable, it stays that way after I paint it.
Depending upon my workload, it may take a month or more for me to complete larger or more complex pieces. Be sure to reach out in plenty of time to suit the nature of your project!
I look forward to hearing from you!
I am committed to helping you have a day that is 100% your own. Reach out with any questions, or for a conversation about getting started!
3 Reviews for The Casual Reply
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Shannon W. · Getting married on 03/06/2022
Custom Painted Tea Towels for Wedding Gift
The tea towels Kendra painted for my nephew’s daughter were exactly what I asked for and more. Based on the information she was given, she personalized them for the recipients. She went to their wedding registration, picked a color scheme, and came up with some ideas she thought they would like. For instance, they had camping equipment on their registration. Kendra chose to incorporate a tent, lantern, and outdoorsy scenes on some of the towels. They are perfect!Sent on 08/03/2020
Liz · Getting married on 09/04/2021
Incredible Custom Hand-Painted Tie
Kendra Houston of The Casual Reply was great to work with, and her custom painting work is incredible. I commissioned a custom, hand-painted tie for my father as a wedding gift of a picture of him and I. She painted it beautifully and it made a wonderful, memorable gift. Kendra was responsive and easy to work. Highly recommend!Sent on 09/26/2020
Andrew · Getting married on 07/09/2021
The perfect wedding gift
My best friend was getting married and has a tragically boring registry. Instead of getting her a generic gift from the list, I commissioned a pair of custom gifts from Kendra. At the start of the process, I didn't really know what I wanted but Kendra proposed a bunch of ideas and sketched patterns and colors to help me figure out the perfect gift. The set was a hand-painted scarf for her and tie for him with complementary patterns and colors. Kendra even packaged them up along with a beautiful note about the significance of the design. The gift was incredibly well received!Sent on 10/02/2020
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