The Start
In 1996, I made a baby quilt for a friend of mine.  I happened to bring the quilt to work one day and by the end of the day, I had five quilt orders. The next new birth was Color Conscious: Diversity in Design—a design studio celebrating diversity through textiles, color, and design.

The Philosophy
I am inspired by the artifacts, beadwork, and fabrics of cultures worldwide—ultimately fascinated by our global similarities and differences.  I am drawn to cross-cultural mixing and the use of bold or unusual combinations in whatever I make.  To be Color Conscious is to notice the world around you, to be aware of diversity in all of its forms, and to be mindful of the steps we take every day.

The Materials
I collect beads and textiles from all over the world, and find joy in using all kinds of materials in my work: mola (the intricate appliqués of the Kuna Indians of Panama), colorful weavings from Guatemala, Indonesian ikat, Thai silk, Tibetan beads, Native American clay beads, African mudcloth (a traditional cotton fabric from Mali that is dyed with fermented mud), Kuba cloth (a handwoven fabric from the Congo made from the raffia plant), and many other terrific offerings.  I often discover items when I travel, but I also shop locally for authentic materials.

Both beautiful and functional, Color Conscious items should remind you of a far away place, and in doing so, bring the world a little closer to you.

New Paths
I am always adding new products to Color Conscious.  Visit often to see what's new!

Read about Color Conscious in this 2013 news article in the Rafu Shimpo, Los Angeles' Japanese-English language newspaper.

djembe hat"The selection of vibrant colors and patterns, makes Color Conscious the place to go if you're looking for a custom, well made djembe hat."
Frank Kumiega, percussionist — Wilmington, MA

"This is very original, unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry that you don't find every day."
Kristine Worden — Grand Terrace, CA

"Everyone should be Color Conscious!"
Maureen Patten — Garrison, NY

“Neat… wow… quirky… cool.”
Theresa Portillo — Lodi, NJ

"If you need a djembe hat, this is the place to go. Absolutely the best place we have found for djembe hats. All you need to know is the diameter of your drum, and they will do the rest."
Frank Thompson — Scottsdale, AZ
AZ Rhythm Connection

“I never leave home without them!”
Mairin Loftus — Buchanan, NY

“I supply a rave for the underground railroad quilt, commissioned for my big sister, an inner-city girls’ high school teacher in Ohio. She was thrilled with its artistry as a decorative piece and so happy to have a new way to share living history with her students.”
Tom Weaver — Los Angeles, CA

“We absolutely love our bright and colorful quilt! My two-month-old boy Ricky enjoys laying on it. It’s so soft and cuddly — perfect for little babies!”
Gia and Ricky Meade, Jr. — San Francisco, CA

“To me, giving a Color Conscious quilt is giving the most unique of baby gifts. Long after the diaper genies, onesies, stuffed animals, and baby clothes are gone, the quilt will still be around. With so many baby things having an ubiquitous sense of bland sameness and standard cutesiness, the vivid quilts stand out as perfectly one-of-a-kind, the sort of thing you want to give your most dear friends and family.”
Naree Wongse-Sanit — Los Angeles, CA

Talking Drum Hat"Beautiful work on my talking drum hat.... [The fabric] is absolutely gorgeous...and your sizing was perfect."
Scott Senate — Deerfield Beach, FL

“Her eye for design is matched by her craftsmanship, color sense, and selection of unique and original materials!”
Jack Lindner — Ventura, CA

“The quilts I have ordered from Color Conscious are absolutely beautiful! [The quilts] have a charm that you don't find in commercially made products,...they could only have been made by someone with an artistic sense of color and design. Beautiful enough to be used as wallhangings, yet soft enough to snuggle in, I know these quilts will be treasured for many years.”
Harriet Walker — Boston, MA

"I fell in love with your products. They are more beautiful than I imagined and very well constructed."
Stacia Crawford — Chicago, IL
African Accents

Mamady KeitaMaster drummer, Mamady Keita, gets fitted for a Color Conscious djembe hat in Los Angeles, CA during his 2001 U.S. workshop tour. For more information on Mr. Keita and his djembe workshops, see Tam Tam Mandingue USA.

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