As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a lot of “stuff” scattered throughout my design studio. Frames, trays, scraps of fabrics, vintage wall paper, fabric trim, buttons, sea shells, and the list goes on and on. Much of my inspiration is found in these objects. These days, I am finding a lot of inspiration in vintage scarves. The silk ones that my mom used to wear in the 60’s. On Saturday nights, I would watch her get dressed for her night out with my dad. There were those rare occasions that she would wrap a scarf around her neck and I remember thinking how much I loved the colors, the patterns, and the texture of these scarves.
The patterns and the colors have aided me in my designs for PKHC, one of my design partnerships, as well as in the design work that I do for private clients. I have started repurposing the box of vintage scarves that sit on top of my design table. I have started with pillows. Before I could photograph the collection, 5 of the 6 pillows were purchased as my seamstress was dropping them off at the store on Motor Avenue. Therefore, I only have one to show you. I think it is time to create more pillows!
Look around your house, see what has meaning. Your child’s old baby blankets, a favorite t-shirt that can’t be seen in public, your grandma’s floral tablecloths, your husband’s old shirts. Make something with them. And if you do, come back and tell us about it. I think you will be surprised how much sentiment your new creation will give you.