1. How did you get interested in your craft and what is your favorite part about it?
In high school, I learned how to crochet and immediately fell in love with needle arts. While in DAAP as an industrial design major, I pursued my passion for textiles by trying everything from sheep shearing to weaving to spinning yarn on industrial machinery, just so I could understand how everything was made and experience the sheer amount of work that goes into each step. I discovered that the best part for me is making the yarn itself, since it serves as the base of every design I want to make. I wanted natural, minimally processed yarn, which I was having a hard time finding in Ohio. So now, working with local farms and fiber mills, my goal is to design and create beautiful natural yarns that are more accessible (and affordable) for designers and hobbyists that want to make natural textiles!
2. What are your inspirations/influences that help you develop your style across different projects?
I’m always inspired by other people that are really passionate about what they do! That goes beyond artists and designers to small business owners, marketers, and even chefs. I love seeing people in their element and it makes me want to work harder to find my own place!
3. If you could go back and relive a time in DAAP, what would it be?
All of my co-ops! I learned so much in my co-ops about what I did (and didn’t) want to do, and it was the best way for me to figure out what I was passionate about.
4. If you had some words of encouragement for someone who is struggling to balance making art or wanted to explore a new method of art, what would you say?
Do what you really want to do, not what you feel like you have to do to fit in. I loved textiles, so by combining my industrial design courses with a few classes and independent studies in fashion design, I managed to kind of make my own major and it was really rewarding! Don't be afraid to bend the rules a little bit to find your niche.
5. If you weren’t doing something creative, what field would you want to work in?
Environmental Studies or Agriculture.
6. Growing up, how were you influenced to create art? Does anyone in your family work in a creative field?
My mom went to DAAP for fine art, so of course we were always encouraged to make things growing up! All of my siblings took a slightly different creative path, but art and music were always considered very important in my family. This helped me put aside any reservations I had about entering a creative field and I'm lucky to have always had the support of my family.