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1. What city and state/country do you currently live in? My in-home design studio is in San Francisco California, on the old industrial waterfront of a vibrant historical neighborhood called Dogpatch, where I split time between my Graphic Design business and my online Etsy shop, C.Banning Accessories where I sell uniquely designed scarves.
Our dog "Dries" and grand nephew Benjamin know all the prime spots in Dogpatch.
2. My day starts with a wake-up nudge from my dog’s snout, a bright sunrise over the bay and a little stretch/core workout topped off with a strong espresso. After breakfast I slip into my studio and get to work. My schedule is pretty unpredictable but I can usually get my graphic design work done by lunch so I have the rest of the day to focus on my own things. I fill the gaps with social media promos and admin for my Easy shop and occasionally act as a curator for the maker’s blog, Found Made Modern
I can't move too fast in my little space without bumping into something, but I love that everything is within reach. The black lines on my table are cut guides for my various scarf designs.
Two favorite products that I make with Sf fabrics. "Sketchy Friends" painted faces print on a skinny scarf (silk crepe de Chine) and dishcloths (cotton linen canvas)
3. I fell in love with making goods (back) when I was a kid. I grew up in a family where creativity was the norm. Doing anything that did not involve using one’s artistic ability to make something was just not an option. I have two sisters and a brother who are also professional creatives, who I often have the pleasure to collaborate with.
Having dreamt of working for Marimekko, I majored in textile design. Part way through my studies, I fell in love with typography and conceptual design and switched to a Graphic Design emphasis. This eventually led me to a career in graphic design, a field that allows me to collaborate with entrepreneurs and explore a variety of disciplines. I have since seriously dabbled in a variety of creative sidelines including photo styling, stage design, painting, accessories design, and a recent return to my early dream of designing textiles.
Most of my botanical prints are adapted from originals I painted or sketched in my mother's garden
4. When I’m in my studio/workplace, I feel like I'm working in a life-size Pinterest board buzzing with color, graphics, and art. My work space has always been a more-is-more environment and my central source of inspiration! I keep it very organized in order to accommodate the variety of concurrent projects and hoardings.
left A partial collection of Spoonflower yardage that is waiting for the next project and my inspirational wall with a rack chock full of completed skinny scarves.
All my skinny scarves consist of two prints which I seam together. My current obsession is a camo-leopard print shown above which I've mixed with a rose spindle.
5. Who or what influences or inspires your work and why? Color fuels all! I believe my childhood in Hawaii and adult life in California surrounded by rich nature and bold colors has had a profound impact on how I approach any visual project, especially now with my textile design. I also love wandering around my mother’s garden, urban streets and markets (flea and farmer’s) locally and abroad. I am inspired by artists such as Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, David Hockney, Maira Kalman, designers such as Marni, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Mina Perron, and textile designs from Marimekko, Orla Kiely, Josef Frank.
Day to day in-studio stimulus comes from rummaging through my fabric or “special finds” drawers, as well as on the web or flipping through interior design magazines.
Found and kept treasures and stuff (vital creative reference materials) kept in drawers.
6. What’s in your toolbox as an artist and/or maker? Designing tools: depending on my mood, I might start a project by jotting down ideas, sketching, or collaging random colors and images until a fresh idea clicks. I think it's important to stay away from the influences of computer at the start of a project. I have three tables in my studio, one main surface for creating and cutting fabric, one for sewing, and one for my desk-top computer. Scarf sewing tools: an assortment of scissors (I rarely roll-cut) in all shapes and sizes, a soft bristled Faber-Castell dusting brush (works great for smoothing out lightweight fabrics), scotch tape, 12” long knitting needle (for turning skinnies right-side-out), pattern weights and a pair of technical pointed tweezers.
Wardrobe bags (Linen cotton canvas) and product packaging (basic cotton ultra) all used for my scarf line.
7. My proudest accomplishment over the last year is the serious move I've made towards creating my own surface patterns for my textile products. I still have a long way to go but it is so much fun, and so rewarding to sell an item where I've been a part of the entire creative process.
8. What piece of your wardrobe best represents your style? I’d have to say it’s my brightly printed wrap skirts which I layer over pants…usually this is how I add interest to my otherwise almost all black wardrobe.
Two favorite style muses who keep me current. On the left - my niece Avery who is currently studying art in Portland Oregon. To the right - my nephew's girlfriend Caitlin who is a marketing manager here in San Francisco for Hired. I love how they wear my scarves as bold jewelry pieces.
Lately I’ve been experimenting more with scale. I think seeing only part of a repeat on a small surface can give more of artful look.
9. Before starting a small business, I wish someone had told me don't hesitate/hold back when it comes to introducing new ideas, but to be prepared to work harder to sell them. My motos...always strive for freshness. Don’t overthink it. Say yes then figure it out later! Not all your questions will be answered at the start.
pattern play cotton bandana (retired cotton lawn ultra) modeled by Nicola Hind, Bateau Hair Salon
10. How does Spoonflower meet your business needs? Spoonflower has become such a great source, allowing me to test and realize product designs. The fine and flawless quality of the product delivered has given me confidence to meet deadlines and keep things running smoothly.
(Suz - only include this if it works in your favor) Recently I’ve had a dream that Spoonflower launched a luxury line of rich high fashion fabrics. Has anybody else had this same dream?
11: What has been an important resource to you as a small business owner and why (e.g. a book/person/software program/etc.)? I can't even imaging what path my career would have taken had it not been for Apple and Adobe. I use Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver every day. I am so proud that I took the initiative and time to advance my skills to carry me into the digital age. I'm so grateful for all the online learning sources available today. Skillshare being one of my favorites where I've learned how to create repeat surface and sewing patterns.
12: My favorite Spoonflower textile to work with is Poly crepe de Chine because of it’s soft feel, it's weight (which is perfect for my skinny scarves), and the color quality.