On Designing

There is a reason for what ‘works” in a piece of art or clothing and it’s based in the classic system of elements and principles, the de facto reference for artists. Additionally for me, I design with the intention of clarity, economy, excitement, beauty, grace, friendliness, and integrity.

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There are two approaches for me; small batch and uniquely singular.

Designing and producing the Hume and Body  yoga and loungewear collection creates clothing with the intention of  nurturing well-being, promoting  movement and recognizing the rejuvenating powers of slowing down. It came into existence because it was an improvement – a truly  enhanced experience from a practicing yogini. I appreciate the added benefit in my asana practice when I am wearing a fleecy, one piece, almost seamless unitard. The sensual feel is immediate. I stand tall, engage my core, and lift my heart. I’m ready to move and connect my heart, mind and body. I’m tuned in. That is the power of this line of clothing.

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This modern bamboo fleece fabric with remarkable 4 – way stretch accommodates a wide variety of shapes and heights. A nod to the classic cotton sweatshirt. Flattering silhouettes are capsule pieces, simple and pared down, mix and match. Great details abound, such as generous hoods, sporty matte snaps, grand pockets and streamlined looks. It is the answer to the uniform, it truly serves when wearing the same thing as yesterday is a good thing, and for wanting one in every color because it is so fabulous!

Another genre of clothing I design is quite possibly at the other end of the spectrum. It is fueled by the artist’s impulse. Sources of inspiration can come from most anywhere. Unusual and unique textiles dictate the final product. The signature hand woven fabric that define many of my jacket designs are 18 ends per inch of warp yarns (bedding can be 200, 400 to 1000 EPI) which makes it more of a sculptural element. All the finishing is important as well; trims, buttons, whatever is called for. They are the grammar for the language of the piece. The final piece is custom tailored for comfortable and flattering fit as well as suiting the personality of the client and the story she wants to tell.

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When I design, the bigger picture is considered and the details are scrutinized. There are always possibilities, an answer, and problem solving the source of truth is the challenge and the reward. This is what draws me back to the studio to begin again. It is slow, thoughtful and focused designing. There is little waste in the process. The meaning of the clothing is designed into the piece.