3rdlife designs :: textile revival
Sewing fulfills my need to be creative and provides a perfect excuse for my addiction to collecting vintage textiles. I am always hunting for interesting fabrics I can use in my designs. My favorite materials to work with are tweed suit jackets, wool remnants and plaid shirts. I’ve also been known to lust after your Grandma’s table cloth, linens and curtains.
I lovingly and carefully hand make every 3rdLife item in my little yellow home studio. I am naturally meticulous, a trait which was heightened by my experience working as a custom framer for 10 years; there aren't many things that make me happier than cutting in a straight line. To insure the best quality in my work, notions such as zippers and snaps are new. Interfacing is used to add structure and stability to purses, and stress points are double stitched for extra durability. Don't even get me started on how many knots I use to sew on a button.
Shapes and elements found in nature have a big influence on my work, but I am also inspired by ordinary objects. I admire everything from woodland, foliage and feathers, to teacups, toasters and tents.