us a bit about your background -- what led you into art and what drives
I was always encouraged to draw when I was little and every birthday and
Christmas I would receive some sort of crafty kit from someone. I went
to college for graphic design with an emphasis in illustration and
animation. Today my husband and I own a design/film firm called Studio
Collective which he mainly runs, and Penguin & Fish where we manufacture
lovely and quirky hand embroidery patterns and kits, and stuffed animal
sewing patterns. What drives me is an absolute love of making things,
and I want others to get the satisfaction of making something
led you into embroidery?
I've been embroidering ever since my babysitter taught me to cross
stitch when I was six or seven years old. It was one of my first crafts.
Today it's a way for me to draw more and still be crafty. I just turn my
drawings into embroideries. I find hand embroidery to be such a relaxing
craft and an easy one for beginning crafters. All you have to do learn a
stitch or two then trace over a line with your stitches. And it's
portable which is awesome! It's also the best thing to do while watching
inspires your designs?
Animals for sure. I love that you never know what they're thinking, you
can only guess.
Tell us a bit about your design and the story behind it.
This design is from my new organic fabric collection, Picnic Pals. It is
my second fabric collection sold through
Clothworks Textiles, and I'm super excited about it. There are two
bunnies, a sparrow, frog, turtle and chipmunk in it. It's a little more
sophisticated then what I usually do, but still great for kids. The line
will be in stores in July, and I can't wait to see it finished!
your studio/workspace like?
My studio is in one of the main level rooms in our house. It is on one
side of the hallway and my husband's studio is on the other side. We're
constantly yelling questions back and forth to each other. My studio is
divided into three workspaces; one for sewing, one of for painting and
one for computing. All three always have a project ready to go if I feel
like I need to change things up and work on something else. Outside my
window, every morning a fat squirrel attempts to climb up the skinny
pole that holds my bird feeder, only to slide down when he gets halfway
up. It's so cute to watch, poor squirrel.
Finally, if you were a thread color, what color would you be?
You can find her at her online shop
Penguin & Fish,
or follow her exploits on her
Just be warned, if you click that link, you will suddenly be overcome
with a desire to buy a fox plushie.