1. Tell us about yourself! How did you start quilting?
I come from a family of quilters. Growing up, our household beds were covered in quilts made by generations of women in my family. While living in New York City I decided it was time for me to learn this family tradition. On a trip home to Ohio, I sorted through fabrics with my mother, choosing colors and deciding on a pattern. For the next two years most of my time outside of work was filled with hand piecing and then quilting; I had no idea how long it would take. I learned the process of natural dyeing from the wonderful Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. My two new interests eventually intertwined and I continue to experiment and learn.
2. Has DAAP had any influence on the way that you create art?
DAAP taught me core design principles. Color theory, balance, proportion; when I started quilting I realized that all of the concepts I apply to graphic design are also the basis of creating a quilt composition.
3. Do you have a favorite DAAP memory?
We used to have air soft gun battles when we were in studio late at night. It was painful but a lot fun. I also loved to roller skate around DAAP.
4. Do you see yourself building your personal brand more in the future?
I hope for quilting to be a lifelong passion. I feel lucky to help keep this generations old tradition alive and add my own hand to it. I hope to create quilts that will be treasured and passed on as heirlooms.
5. Do you have any advice/words of encouragement for people who want to start their own businesses?
Pick one thing you love and work hard to get really good at it.
6. What do you love most about the maker community?
I love meeting fellow quilters- it's a rare hobby these days so anytime I run into someone that says "I quilt too!" it makes me happy to talk shop with them.
7. What are some things you like to do to get inspired? Has a certain artist/designer influenced your design process?
I'm inspired by the quilters of Gee's Bend; their colorful, improvised quilts are so uninhibited and beautiful. My favorite place to visit for inspiration is the American Folk Art Museum in NYC.