I’ve always got
an idea in my
head, but then
I get a feeling–
I must create.
How do you decide what to make?
I don’t really. I’ve always got an idea in
my head, but then I get a feeling—an
impulse really—and then I must create.
Every new collection has a theme and
then I look for the fabrics (either in shops
or in my own inventory).
Will you open a shop in Brooklyn?
Probably not. My pieces are sold in
Acorn on Atlantic Avenue and some
other stores so, although I’ve thought
about it, in the end I want to be free and
have the time to create. Sometimes,
when the weather is really nice, I do want
to have a little stoop sale. I like the idea
of doing something that is only for one
day, that who ever passes by at the time
gets to explore.
Who taught you how to sew?
I learned from my mom on a sewing
machine she had at home, and I loved
using it. The idea that I could make a
heart-shaped pillow so quickly was
amazing to me. My grandmother also
inspired me a great deal, she loved to
sew and was the most brilliant knitter.
What is your favorite piece?
It changes, although one of my first
projects (the bird cage) is something I
love because it inspired so many other
pieces. It was from there that I decided
to create more habitats; birdhouses, and
fish bowls and such. I like the simplicity of the bird cage and the fact that it
changes the space it’s in. It’s not just
another object on a shelf. To be honest,
I made them for adults in the beginning,
but then people started to use them
as mobiles for their children. I never
thought to make a mobile, I just wanted
to make a bird cage!