ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Who do you design for and what is your style?
I value the challenge of bringing my creativity and skills to actualize the clients’ vision for their project. In that sense, “my style” is whatever is needed, designed with enthusiasm, expertise and good will. From the many techniques I’ve learned, I choose those that will enhance the intended use—traditional or contemporary, hand-painted or computer-generated.
In general, though, my design aesthetic usually includes a sense of rhythmic line, organic forms—even with geometrics—and harmonious color palettes. I like my designs to evoke a feeling of enjoyment in the viewer.
What inspires you?
An underlying awe and appreciation for the forms, color and line in the natural world. I also find this attitude reflected in the designs of many cultures, ancient and contemporary, where people are more closely connected to Nature and practice abstracting its forms in their art. Designers like Luli Sanchez,Sonia Delaunay, Josef Frank, Vera Neumann, Lucienne Day, and those from the WienerWerkstatte reflect that kind of organic influence. And the Japanese pattern and design aesthetic is an enormous source of inspiration.
What do you love about being a designer?
I love the process of becoming more open to my creative flow and applying it to a product that someone else will enjoy, that will enhance the quality of their life. I believe that creativity is an expression of our humanness, and I value feeling part of the chain of decorative artists though out history.
Where can you be found/what are you doing on your days off?
Visiting new places—especially where I can speak French! Trying out challenging recipes—especially desserts—and feeding friends and family brings me satisfaction. Nature photography—especially macro—always lifts my spirits, whether I find subjects in my garden or on my travels.