A percentage of your sales support Our Farm in North Salem. It would be great to hear more about this cause and why it is so important to you and your work.
I have been passionate about horses since I began riding at age seven. There’s a beauty and strength to these animals that so many of us are intuitively attracted to. Too often, they are abandoned because they no longer serve the needs for which they were trained, because of an injury, or because the owner decides they can no longer support them.
Our Farm provides a beautiful refuge for such horses. They take horses that are about to be sold to a kill farm, bring them back to health, and train them to be ridden.
I want to help spread their story by highlighting their work and contributing a part of my own profits.
What tool in your toolbox could you not live without?
My scissors are so important! I have so many different pairs of scissors for different materials. I’m careful not to use my scissors for anything else or they will dull.
The one piece of advice you would share with others toying with the idea of forgoing their own path?
If you have something different to offer, you should share it. And keep going. Don’t rest. Keep working. Find a side job if you have to, but never, never stop.
Has horsehair always been your medium of choice?
I love working with natural materials, nothing synthetic or artificially dyed. The natural tones in horsehair vary beautifully, and the textures themselves are unique, even from one animal to the next.
Do you create custom art pieces?
Many clients commission me to use hair from the tails or manes of their own horses. It’s one of my favorite aspects of my work, to create a custom piece that is sourced from a person’s own animal.
How would you describe your lifestyle using 3 words? Challenging. Different. Natural.
What would be your dream outcome for you and your craft?
I would love to have my pieces hanging in homes where the craftwork and horse essence is appreciated. Since my textile designs complement contemporary architecture, it would be wonderful to have them hanging in large public spaces where a lot of people can enjoy their quiet beauty.
What inspires you to create?
I am inspired by the feedback I get when people see my work framed. Their recognition of how simple design can be powerful moves me.
Where do you find inspiration? Do you have any favorite resources you can share with us?
I am always inspired by being outdoors: in the woods, or in fields with stone walls. Rustic industrial architecture really draws me in, as well as barns, all kinds. I spend a lot of time paging through design and architecture magazines and Pinterest, too.