The Artful and Thoughtful Anja of Clever Nettle

Anja in the Lasting Impressions Dress and its watercolor reproduction

A look at Spring: The artist modeling her inspiration

Is fashion your muse? Then, why not recreate the frocks you fall for on paper? Artist, vintage seller, and stylish gal Anja Verdugo of Clever Nettle does just that, and ModCloth was lucky enough to have her paint lovely watercolors of some of our most popular dresses.

Anja was inspired by Summer to paint the Beachcomber Dress

Anja was inspired by Summer to paint the Beachcomber Dress

In seeking inspiration for the delightful ModCloth paintings, Anja looked for interesting and appealing designs, colors, and prints. She chose pieces that represent each season, “going from the silky, floaty florals for Spring, to bolder bright prints for Summer, then moving into deeper colors for Fall and then ending with good ol’ Winter black.”

Green going gold: Anja painted the Chartreuse Chanteuse Dress for Fall

Green going gold: Anja painted the Chartreuse Chanteuse Dress for Fall

Not only does she love the “instant outfit” that is a dress, but finds them to be “pretty epic,” as well. “I don’t wear a lot of fancy or complicated things,” she says, “so painting frilly and ornate frocks is a cool way for me to explore that without having to look like a cupcake.”

“There’s definitely a connection between the aesthetics that I find appealing and how I dress myself,” she says when asked how art finds a way into her daily outfits.  “A combination of colors might stand out to me, or I might consider a texture or print that I hadn’t really noticed before.”

Anja painted the Cabaret Voltaire dress in honor of good ol Winter black.

Other than painting clothes, Anja produces eclectic and imaginative prints, including her “Billuminati” series, which she calls her “weird little baby.”

Currently, Anja is sporting a lot of stripes, red lipstick, and chambray as part of her “weird French” look and is endlessly entertained by her pet chickens. “Best friends, always wandering around the yard together,” she says of Scramble and Bunny.

With a beautiful blog, a talent for art, and a taste for whimsy (not to mention a successful Etsy shop) Anja has a lot of cool stuff going on for her. Be sure to bookmark her blog and check out her digital scrapbook!

About Angela

Suggested Posts

Galentine’s Day Style + DIY Self-Love Kit
February 05, 2019
This Face Mask Is Like a Bouquet for Your Skin
January 17, 2019
Workplace Besties: A #TeamModCloth Trio Shares the Love
January 10, 2019
How to Style a Party Dress Three Ways
December 20, 2018
The New Black: Styling All-Grey 3 Ways
December 13, 2018
Travel Bug: Saumya Takes Us on a Tour of DC
December 06, 2018
Party Recap: Hello Kitty’s Birthday in LA
November 12, 2018
A Pampering Present: DIY Concentrated Bubble Bath
November 05, 2018
Easy Makeup for Going Out: Featuring Anna Sui Beauty
October 22, 2018
Haunt Now, Haute Later: Three Scary-Stylish Outfits
October 11, 2018


  1. Sarita 03/11/2010 at 11:44 am #

    Love this!

  2. Sally Jane 03/11/2010 at 11:54 am #

    Anja is the best! Glad to see her spotlighted here.

  3. Emily 03/11/2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Wow, that is spectacular!

  4. Alison B. 03/11/2010 at 3:16 pm #

    OMG I wanna jump into the first picture and be there! It’s so quaint with the narrow side walk and the blossoms everywhere.

  5. Jessica 03/12/2010 at 7:27 am #

    Really beautiful photos and artwork! Love anja!

  6. Louise 03/12/2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Where is that first dress? I’m in loveeee

  7. ModCloth 03/12/2010 at 5:30 pm #

    @Louise — It’s the Lasting Impressions Dress!

  8. Brooke 03/13/2010 at 8:47 am #

    WOW! These are all gorgeous!

  9. julia 03/17/2010 at 9:37 pm #

    oh my goodness. how lovely.

Leave a Reply