weaving inspiration, icelandic horses

I moved to Iceland to be with my Dutch husband, Matthijs. We often go on drives together in the countryside. Coming from such a big city and being surrounded by nature is novel to me. This incredible landscape is spotted with sheep and horses. The green moss here is saturated with water and color. The often cold gray skies only accentuate it making the scene moody and otherworldly. Living here has undoubtedly changed the vibe of my work.

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My current line of textiles is intended for warmer climates. I designed my backpacks for beach travel in Mexico and imagined them amongst the alluring architecture of Luis Barragan


Currently, I am working on weavings with Icelandic Lopi and horse hair. They have a cozy feel to them. I imagine them looking right at home in a black Scandinavian style home. It’s wild how a place can affect one's style. Now to get to the real reason I'm writing this post... inspiration. The bangs on that horse!

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weaving inspiration, locale and materials

Over the last year moving to Iceland and my Mom learning how to spin wool have influenced my design aesthetic.


At the core of everything I make is my love for natural materials.  When I was an undergrad at SAIC in Chicago and studying fiber, I started to think about the quality of materials that I was using and the quality of the people's lives who produce those materials. Nothing makes you appreciate the amount of labor that goes into a simple garment than spending hours on a loom and then hours at a sewing machine. It’s a craft that I love but, it is most definitely labor intensive. The fashion industry is one of the most toxic to our environment and creates a bewildering amount of waste.


With this is consideration slow fashion and making has become a passion of mine. I get giddy over 100% cotton, linen, and nubby silk. So when my Mom started spinning completely sustainable, responsibly sourced wool, I was stoked about weaving it up into a tapestry!