How did you come to be a designer/maker?
I've always made things, even as a kid I was making tiny creatures out of oven bake clay, trying to weave together pine needles to make the best roof for my miniature lean-to, and sewing rudimentary people shaped stuffed animals with my Grandma.
My first consistent foray into apparel started when I was 17. I learned to screen print at a workshop during this feminist festival in Denver, where I grew up, and then I wanted to print on everything. The number of shirts and bags and dresses I put anatomical hearts and obscure sea life on is kind of mind boggling. I kept on with the printing for a handful of years and eventually started selling my work at craft shows like the original Crafty Wonderland back at the Doug Fir.
As you do, I got older and my style changed and suddenly I didn't really wear t-shirts anymore and I wanted to make clothing I would actually wear. Thus began the era of dress making.
Where do you find inspiration? Do you have a method or process of finding inspiration?
I find inspiration in all kinds of random places: movie wardrobes, an intriguing part of some thrifted clothing, or even just a need I see in my own wardrobe. Often times I'll end up just sketching a thousand different ideas and seeing how they evolve.
Sometimes I like to design without the shop in mind. Its wonderful to refresh my creativity by creating something based on non-clothing subjects like a good mineral specimen, a perfume I'm really attracted to, or an interesting animal.
What's your favorite thing you've created so far?
This is a hard question! I'm currently really into the dramatic caftans I've been making and am just finishing up a new type of wrap dress that I think is going to be awesome. The Starlet dress was one of my first dresses and it's remained a classic that I turn to again and again.