“ I love to "steal" textures and shapes from my environment, either by camera or by sketchpad.”
“I am endlessly inspired by cities. Their texture & grit, their architecture, their soul.”
Walk me through your production/design process.
I rarely start a new design on the computer. I love to "steal" textures and shapes from my environment, either by camera or by sketchpad. I've been loving cut paper lately. I create various cuttings, layer them on/in/around one another, photograph from different angles, and play with the space in Photoshop. There's a lot of back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator and I work on a new design until my gut says it's finished (or my gut says, this isn't working! abort! start again!).
What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
A graphic designer. I wanted to make art that could be reproduced to reach more than a single viewer. At the time, graphic design seemed to be a great vehicle but I found typography a bit limiting. When I was first exposed to the world of pattern and textile design, everything clicked.
Who or what inspires you to do the work that you do? Why?
My mother! My mom is an incredible artist. I grew up in her studio seeing through her eyes. She works with photography, paint, and collage to create incredible compositions that influence the way I see & think about design. She is a superb editor of words, collaborator of design and curator of images.