A few years ago, I decided to design a home decor textiles collection all made by artisans in Peru using ancient weaving techniques. I have always had an admiration for natural fibers and the process of dying the yarns naturally using plants and flowers. I launched my first collection in 2008 and it represented all my love not only for woven goods but for artisan's work. Here are a few images of the collection which ended being featured in national and international magazines. It was the beginning of what was to become the "green", "eco-friendly" living and "hand- made" obsession.
A few years later, I was invited by SCAD in Savannah to be part of "Working Class Studio". A class where students are challenged to create innovative products and items such as stationary, lamps, home goods, etc. I was thrilled to work with SCAD students and to guide them through the process of creating an exclusive collection of sustainable woven goods. The process began with a presentation of what I have done with the artisans in Peru. I went over the process, weaving methods and the sustainable aspect. They were assigned to come up with inspirations as to patterns and colors understanding the weaving methods and limitations of the process. I really enjoyed working with the students. Their final presentation was amazing, some students were inspired by technology and bar codes, music and rhythm to the mountains and terrains in Peru.
At the end of this amazing experience WCS and SCAD worked really hard to make 2 of the student's collection a reality by commissioning artisans from India to produce a line of hand-woven and crewel embroidered goods. Here are the images of the lucky students.
In addition SCAD asked me to create a collection. My concept was the "Bauhaus" movement and modern geometries. It was launched in July 2014 at the NY Gift Market.
Overall, it was an amazing experience. I hope I get to inspire creative minds and to collaborate with manufacturers and mills to launch more collections in the future.