I'm passionate about wellness and setting aside time every day to "play" outside. As a designer, my patterns are inspired by the outdoors--especially the way light plays with colors at such a high elevation here in Colorado. One of my favorite things to do for design research--and for fun--is to pack up my ski gear and head to one of the nearby resorts--Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Vail, or Keystone. Before I had kids and a mortgage to pay, I was a professional ski racing instructor. Now I just ski for for the pure joy of being on a mountain and carving up the slopes.
My new design collection, Boho Bryony, was created with activewear in mind. When I design a textile I'm thinking about how the colors and patterns can be energizing or calming. Often my inspiration for a new design comes from photos I take while skiing, hiking with my dogs, or exploring new places. I'm always looking at what people wear and what colors, patterns and designs flatter the body. I am that girl who stops someone in line getting coffee and asks "where did you get that great parka?"
My inspiration for this collection: Ice and snow reflecting in the Colorado light. Indigo inks. Boho and batik patterns. Romantic florals. Silk tapestries.
When I start a design collection I collect images for a mood board with trends and inspiring photos. Finding a color palette that makes me happy and feel good is key. I'm always playing with color combinations and how they react with each other. I'm looking for that magic color combination that would make me feel empowered and smile. I want my designs to inspire women to be active. For me unwinding and being active are connected. It's all about carving out a space and time to get refueled. It's okay if you hit the snooze button in the morning as long as you make a promise to get outside later and really enjoy that sunshine--or snow falling. Having something fun to wear can help you keep that goal.