How has your experience in fashion design affected your textile design and creative process?
It has had a profound impact on my company in general and has given me the experience to know how to manufacture something from start to finish.
I have worked in small fashion companies as well as large, commercial companies and have seen how things are created in close detail.
I studied fashion design at Parsons in Paris and FIT in New York. I worked and interned at very small boutique fashion brands while living in New York after fashion school.
My early experience included visiting antique embroidery archives and seeing the antique embroideries become patterns used in the clothing collections. I also worked with creating color stories for custom woolens and I hand sketched and traced patterns that later become silks used in my collections. I also designed the silhouettes of the clothing collections. My experience as a fashion designer has always involved creating color stories and working with and selecting patterns seasonally for clothing.
Textile design is, in a way, much simpler because you eliminate having to design new clothing styles each season in addition to new color stories and fabrications.