When did you know you wanted to become a fabric designer?
In the fall of 1997, I attended a birthday party for my great aunt's 2nd husband. I almost didn't go to the party, but that day changed my life. My second cousin, Susan Adame, whom I hadn't seen in years, was there. I asked her what she was up to. She described the school she was attending: The California School of Professional Fabric Design, in Berkeley, CA. I had never even heard of textile design before. Immediately, a light bulb went on in my head, and I decided right then and there that (textile design) was what I wanted to do with my life.
How did you start?
The 1st day after the party (and the conversation with my cousin) I called the school, signed up for next available class and after 18 months of working full time and going to school nights and weekends I finished the program! My life changed when I discovered the world of textile and surface design. Design and pattern had always surrounded me, but I was oblivious to it. I can vividly remember coming home from my first class and looking in the closet for the first time and seeing (actually noticing) the patterns on my clothes. From then on, it was all over. Life is full of pattern, and it is now impossible for me not to notice all of the design that surrounds me.
When did your relationship with Organic Cotton Plus begin?
What is your favorite part about creating and designing?
The first is the way the world and time disappears when I am designing. I can get lost in the colors and layout for hours. Playing with colors, scale and layout I find exciting and joyful.
The second part is the co-creating process. I love being given a challenge and then being set free to figure it out. This year I am on a year long voyage to try to bring more co-creating back to my life. Working for yourself is a wonderful thing but I have missed that co-creating process so I am working on re-energizing that part of my life. Earlier this year I worked with a company, Herbal Animals https://www.herbal-animals.com/ , that wanted a Giraffe print for their product. That is in production now and we should have it available for them (and others!) in a few months. I am also working with artist/friend Suzan Friedland - https://suzanfriedland.weebly.com/ - to bring her artwork to printed fabrics. She is having a retrospective show of her work in October and we plan to offer her new by-the-yard at that time (if not before!).
Definitely connecting with thoughtful likeminded people. The friendships I have made over the last 13+ years have been wonderful, meaningful and inspiring.
Well, there have been many lovely people I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. It is hard to pick just one! I read about Teresa VanHattan-Granath’s, aka The Green Bag Lady (http://greenbaglady.blogspot.
Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial for the bag. I am going to make a couple of bags and this looks like a great one to make.
Loved reading this and can’t wait to make my own green bag!! Thank you!!
Harmony, so fun to “Read all about it” Such amazing happenings just commmicating with people you run across.
I love your fabrics Harmony, and still have whispering grass bedding that I had made for my bedroom. That was in 2005!! One of your first fabrics you made.
I made organic bean bags for children out of so many of your fabrics filling them with a combination of Organic buckwheat hulls and organic wool.
I have had similar encounters with people that led me to become interested in Environmental Interior Design. So many people have been helped with healthier choices for their homes and families. It’s very rewarding and thank you for being there.
It looks like some of you are going to make bags from the tutorial. Awesome! Let me know if you would like to set up a chapter of Green Bag Lady in your area. Currently, we have 20 USA chapters and 12 international ones. It is super easy to set up a chapter and there are no minimums on bag making. It’s lots of fun, I promise! :)