I have to admit I have a serious obsession with color and textiles. I've had it since I was a kid. Every country I went to, I felt such a strong pull to its traditional textiles—in markets, books, stores, but most of all, on its own people.
What I like about collage…
I've never been able to say "oh, this is my favorite!" it is impossible. Each textile is a unique work of art, and what I discover when I put them all together is a masterpiece. When you mix textiles made by different people, traditions, cultures, and countries, you get an art piece that encompasses all the beauty in the world— the seamless collision and unity of diverse stories and souls, joining together as a kind of mosaic. It may seem like a little a piece of fabric, but to me, it represents my favorite parts of the human experience.
In design, like in all aspects of life, people often feel an urge to join together elements that seem to “match,” but there is so much power in weaving together pieces that may not traditionally go together. It’s an act of acceptance and recognition of the beauty in chaos, in the ups and down and differences that make up who we are.
When I discovered what I could create from this passion, I couldn’t stop. I wanted to mix everything together, and that’s what I do. When I look at patterns, textiles, colors, people, anything really, I imagine the artwork that would become of joining them all together. It is collaboration in its purist form. Having other artists add their individual touch to my work and giving them the space and freedom to design what is true to them— that is where the magic happens.
My dad, an artist, always says an art piece is never finished. It can always continue. You can leave it for years and then keep adding to it. Life is the same way, you can always add streaks of blue, or paint over it all in red. It is your own art piece.
The gratitude I feel for being able to share a design with such extraordinary artists is almost inconceivable, I have no option but to share. Every piece we make encompasses these ideas, they live and breathe and have a life of their own.