Where do you live/work:
Mostly with my partner in Tivoli, but also my family farm at Montgomery Place.
I work in a little garage-turned-studio attached to a barn there.
What brought you to where you live:
I was born here
What’s your favorite color:
rose gold too.
What’s your favorite place:
Deep in the apple orchard at dusk late September, early October
Also my aunt’s home in Munich, Germany
Name three of your favorite books:
Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Women Who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver
Which artists inspire you:
Lina Schynins, simplicity, intimacy, vulnerability
Sophie Leemyer, capsulizes my dreams, nightmares, imagination
Kiki Smith, use of nature
What is an artist:
Someone who makes you feel.
What is art:
Something that makes you feel.
How do you identify as an artist:
Hearing how people feel wearing Idunn. Also, if I’m not creating, I feel dead. That’s a little dramatic, but true.
What was a pivotal project, person, or experience that shaped your practice:
All of the women who I worked with and therefore raised me (mostly my mom).
I was so lucky to grow up around such special breed of woman: so hard-working, creative, beautiful, sensual. Hands in the soil, hands in the clouds. Dreamers and doers.
What are key elements or constants in you practice:
Looser fitting, longer silhouettes that drape in a flattering way on different bodies.
What are your current interest and inquiries as an artist:
Trying to do less better.
Also, I have been considering/ruminating on this quote by architect Lina Bo Bardi:
“We need a world of consumption in resonance with our hearts.”
What do you see as the value of art:
Natural way to alter your mood.
to unearth something, shine a light on it. .Catharsis.
What is your greatest challenge as an artist:
Being my own boss. Homing in on any one medium.
Putting a price on it so it can be attainable to who I am making it for but also afford me a living. wage.
What has been a victory for you as an artist:
Seeing the women I look up to wearing Idunn.
What’s next for you as an artist:
Getting back to the sewing machine.
I had help with production this year and feel like I really missed out.
My design process happens when I sew.