Yvonne Snowden, from the Light Lab in Dalton, GA, has 25 years of invaluable experience in the carpet industry. Working closely with the team that developed the first Computerized Yarn Place machine (CYP), Yvonne gathers inspiration for her designs from art exhibits, repurposing vintage items, travel. As our Senior Designer for the South Central Region, Mohawk Group is thrilled to have the talent and insight that Yvonne brings to all her collections.
How long have you been working in the Industry?
This will be my 25th year working in the carpet industry, starting with 10 years eventually appointed as Director of Design Development with Tapistron International; the inventor of the Computerized Yarn Place machine (CYP). I started out working alongside two Mechanical Engineers, one Electrical Engineer, the President and Vice President of this newly formed company which was developing a never before computerized patterned tufting machine. It was the most exciting thing I had ever been a part of. I could not pass up the opportunity to work with a brand new technology; each of us learning our part in the success of this machine.
My job was to develop patterns for industry leaders considering the CYP machine; while using a variety of yarn systems for the design. Some were successful, some were failures. None the less, it was a tremendous education that I was able to use working for Shaw Hospitality as their Senior Designer and now Mohawk.
What territory do you currently cover?
Currently I am the Senior Designer for the South Central Region, along with a couple Reps from the Southeast and Northeast Regions.
What inspires you professionally?
Visiting Art Museums that have mixed media art exhibits and discovering techniques for repurposing old items, turning them into beautiful pieces of art or functional furniture or lighting. Recently I saw where in Kenya, flip flops are being recycled and made into works of art. So creative!
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Working on several designs for a project, and the Client loving them and finally seeing the carpet installed. Seeing the whole picture coming together. Love it!
What are your most favorite things on your desk?
The picture of my two daughters when we visited Washington D.C. several years ago. The picture was taken inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum. And my picture of my husband planting a big smooch on my cheek while we were in Tampa vacationing.
When you are short on inspiration how do you reenergize; where do you go for inspiration?
I research mixed media art on the web and the artist creating their design. To me it is so interesting how someone can dismantle something and make it become a totally different object of art or function. I also love researching fabric manipulation where folds and twists are sewn into a garment to create beautiful detail.
What made you decide to showcase the trend/designs that you selected?
With the trend for a couple of years now mainly just focusing on textures, I felt a need for a little bit of something recognizable in the design without it being too literal. I wanted the floral elements to just melt into the design and quietly create the flow of calm movement with some surprises to look for underneath. Similar to the mixed media art I love so much, there are different little elements that are hidden away this collection.