How long have you been working in the Industry?
1 year in carpet, but I have been a woven textile designer for 25 years.
What territory do you currently cover?
What inspires you professionally?
What inspires me the most is trying to figure out what people are really interested in and how to make a connection through design that will resonate on multiple levels with regular people, not just artists and designers.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Finding that sweet spot where the design is new and exciting while being simultaneously familiar and comfortable. To do that, you must talk to, and understand, a lot of different types of people! So, getting out regularly to connect with clients is exciting and interesting. I’m not a big talker, but I love to listen to people.
What are your most favorite things on your desk?
I have very few things on my desk aside from my computer equipment. But, no matter where I’m at, I always have a small notebook and pen. I find that I remember things better when I write them down. My trusty notebook is always at hand.
When you are short on inspiration how do you reenergize; where do you go for inspiration?
I am lucky that I have a huge yard full of plants and animals (and bugs and snakes!) and a great neighborhood for walking. Whenever I need a break from technology, I can just walk out the back door. If I really need a break from reality, I read a little Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Mikhail Bulgakov or something else suitably fantastic.
What made you decide to showcase the trend/designs that you selected?
When I was about 7 years old, my stepmother taught me how to sew – both hand and machine sewing. Since then I have sewed anything and everything from clothes to home furnishings to art. Through my studies, I learned about many different sewing traditions. Practically every human culture from the dawn of history has a sewing tradition that blends the utilitarian with the decorative. Sewing is a craft that connects me to my ancestors and a language that can speak across cultures. The traditions of piecing, quilting and hand stitching I find particularly intriguing because this is an ancient method of recycling, reusing scraps that are no longer useful as individual objects, but pieced together, become strong and beautiful again. There is a current “slow stitch” trend that is exploring these ancient sewing traditions and making them relevant in a modern world where so much is wasted. My collection pays homage to all of these craftspeople – ancient and modern, anonymous or famous. We are a continuous thread from past to present to future.
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