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 creative studio celebrating diversity, color, and design.
I am inspired by the artifacts, beadwork, and fabrics of cultures worldwide—ultimately fascinated by our global similarities and differences. Drawn to cross-cultural mixing, I like using bold and unusual combinations in whatever I make. To be Color Conscious is to notice the world around you, to be aware of diversity in all forms, and to be mindful of our place in the world.
I enjoy supporting the work of skilled artisans from all over the world, and I use all kinds of materials in my work—mola (the intricate appliqués of the Kuna Indians of Panama); colorful weavings from Guatemala; Balinese ikat; Thai silk; Tibetan beads; Native American clays; Japanese chirimen; African mudcloth (a traditional cotton fabric from Mali that is dyed in fermented mud); Kuba cloth (a handwoven fabric from the Congo made from the raffia plant); and many other terrific and unique fabrications. I often discover pieces when I travel, but I also shop locally for authentic materials and domestic goods.
Both attractive 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.
I am always adding new products to Color Conscious. Visit often to see what’s new!