Diana Steinsnyder is a textile designer and creative director based in Southern California. She has designed for a variety of fashion and beauty brands, and you can find her patterns on clothing and home goods from Speedo, RVCA, Roark, and Bonobos.
For her Zócalo Sketchbook, Steinsnyder presents a series of digital paintings of her favorite house plants. “During the early days of the pandemic when I often wasn’t venturing outside, I cultivated a deep connection with my plants,” she explains. “They functioned as an outlet to nature and caring for them became a way to channel my anxiety.” The resulting stylized, hyper-real illustrations create an almost hallucinatory effect; presented in isolation, each plant breathes in our anxiety and transforms it into much needed tranquility.