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Textile Design

I approach textile design with my fine artist sensibilities—by creating unique and innovative patterns and compositions, meaningful motifs and distinctive colorways for both prints and knits. I have a forward thinking approach and a skill for predicting trends.

Smartwool, signature line

Smartwool, known for their soft and washable Merino wool socks, accessories and clothes invited me to be the first artist in their inaugural “Gallery” collection. I designed socks and accessories for Spring and Fall 2008 based on my artwork. The collaboration was a natural fit and I continued to freelance for Smartwool for a decade. My designs have been very successful for the company and several have become their best sellers. The following are the gallery series for 2008 and 2010.

Smartwool
ÉSTAINE

ÉSTAINE was born out of a passion to utilize fashion as a medium for cancer education and patient support. All ÉSTAINE accessories are made of 100% silk, in Como, Italy alongside most luxurious of brands.

 

I designed both a wreath (scarf) and a garland (twilly) of flowers used in cancer treatment: Broccoli, Camptotheca, Catharanthus (Periwinkle), Podophyllum, Yew, Azadirachta Indica (Neem), Camellia Sinensis, Turmeric. The petals are filled with the colors and patterns of various dyes and markers used in cancer diagnosis.

LOVE line

LOVE LINE is the product line which accompanies "The Elixir is Love," a modern day illuminated manuscript. Read more here.