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My spark for fashion was ignited when I moved to Florence, Italy as a teenager. Moving from Sun Valley Idaho where the world revolved around powder days and Burton was high fashion, I had landed in paradise! I walked through the streets amazed at the high fashion windows showcasing the worlds top designers. This was where I took my first design class. After two years studying, art, history, cooking and fashion I decided to move to San Francisco to attend, The California College of Arts and Crafts (know now as CCA). It was here that my love of construction began from Draping to Pattern making and sewing, watching a flat object take sudden dimension enthralled me, seeing the ever so slight changes in a pattern that makes a simple garment a favorite staple. Durning my junior year at CCA my ADD struck and I began a double major between Jewelry…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 19
  • Joined July 2, 2009

Favorite materials

cotton, nylon, spandex

About

Here goes my super long winded bio...

My spark for fashion was ignited when I moved to Florence, Italy as a teenager. Moving from Sun Valley Idaho where the world revolved around powder days and Burton was high fashion, I had landed in paradise! I walked through the streets amazed at the high fashion windows showcasing the worlds top designers. This was where I took my first design class. After two years studying, art, history, cooking and fashion I decided to move to San Francisco to attend, The California College of Arts and Crafts (know now as CCA). It was here that my love of construction began from Draping to Pattern making and sewing, watching a flat object take sudden dimension enthralled me, seeing the ever so slight changes in a pattern that makes a simple garment a favorite staple. Durning my junior year at CCA my ADD struck and I began a double major between Jewelry and Fashion design. Two years of splitting between studios and manically creating led to burnout, I dropped out half way through my second semester of my senior project.

In need of change I headed to Peshawar, Pakistan with my father to see our rug production (Davies-Reid, www.daviesreid.com). I had been focusing on chunky knits and natural dying so I was interested to see these old world techniques taking place on a large scale. My father and I decided while in the area to check out Afghanistan were I happened upon and old acquaintance and my future husband, Daniel Sullivan who was in the area doing photography (danielsullivanphotography.com). Fresh out of school and full of enthusiasm I decided to stay in Afghanistan with Daniel, where I, with his help attempted to fund a romans sewing co-op for the traditionally nomadic Kuchi tribe. Cut short after several air raids close to home and not enough interest from prospective funders we left for south-east Asia. After several months traveling we returned to the states heading to New Orleans where Daniel is from and where are thinking of settling for a while until i find out that oh-my-god, I'm pregnant! and we reconsidered our options. Hawaii? Sounds good, I was born there, I love the tropics and my parents have offered us there ohana till we get on our feet. In May of 2005 our baby boy Tristan was born and November we find our perfect location to start our own store, Indigo Paia, entering into the family business of imports. We just celebrated our 5 year anniversary of our store, which has grown and matured a lot in 5 years from us mostly picking out goods to designing and manufacturing most of our bedding and textiles. I have been able to put my jewelry knowledge to use designing, and picking out stones and stringing.

Our family has grown as well with the birth of our daughter, Evie Jo who was born in the summer of 2008 and the addition of lots of animals (3 cats, our dog cuba, and countless chickens as well as the short life of several goldfish and bees). The Ohana which we moved into temporally has become our home and in the fall of 2010 got the addition of a studio! when we walled in our carport. Suddenly with space and time (Tristan just started kindergarden) I re-entered the design world. Weeks after the studio was finished Daniel was leaving for a buying trip to India and a photography exploration of Ethiopia. I realized that I had several pieces which were shaping up to be a nice first line with the addition of some other pieces and hurried (making most of the sample garments the night before he left) to finish my first collection, which can be described as very simple basics, well cut, in soft cotton voile with fun floral prints. It felt great to be designing again but with a year till we went to India again and months till the collection arrived I was antsy. I wanted to be sewing constantly! I made headbands, shirts, dresses, my friend's wedding dresses….. I wanted to be in production! Then I made a bikini (back up….. I have been frustrated with the bikinis on this island for a long time! Having two kids in the last 5 years I have been a lot of shapes and shopped for a lot of bikinis none of which fit. I wanted it to be cheeky- show some bun, but be flattering- not show 2 inches of butt crack! I also got a full body dress form for Christmas which allowed me to drape bottoms.) It fit! It was fabulous! I made another, it was great, and another-loved it. I tried them on my friends they were adorable. Complete strangers were complimenting them on the beach. Next thing I know I have copious tops and bottoms and there all cute, and fit all different shapes and sizes. I forced myself to be disciplined, sit down, correct patterns, grade the patterns, organize. Running the store for 5 years I know how important that is. Then I produced, 100 bikinis, 200 separates. Dinners weren't as elaborate, the laundry wasn't maintained, The grandparents and Daniel were leaned on heavily, but I did it!
My enthusiasm is strong, lets hope my ADD doesn't sink in and I turn all my attention to fermenting (oh wait i'm doing that right now, yummy kimchi) or beekeeping (don't worry that only takes up a couple of my days a year). Just kidding, sewing is what I love best and I hope to be doing it till I am a granny in a rocking chair).

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