I have always been a "maker". Early on, I busied myself designing clothing for my childhood hamster (which never really worked) and made sure that the tree house had proper curtains. Truthfully, it's been all I've ever wanted to do... create.
Because I was an art school drop out I found many of my lessons on the job, working for a handbag designer, record label, woodshops, and the like. I taught myself the basics of sewing, quilting, and screen printing. It's amazing how many resources exist to support the self-taught.
Lovelane just grew from these experiences. An the business name came from how I signed all my correspondence... "love, lane."
What is the hardest thing about being a full time designer ~ artist?
Motherhood. Once upon a time all I had to focus on was creating. I could keep crazy hours and work in the studio all night. These days, I must harness and channel my creativity to work on the few days each week when my daughter is in daycare.
Where do you source items needed in your creations?
Collecting materials is one of my favorite pastimes. I've brought home many a treasure from my travels; buttons from Bulgaria, lace from Mexico, old grain sacks from a flea market in North Carolina. The term "sourcing" can by synonymous with "secret," but I'll admit that one of my top suppliers is here in Savannah, Fabrika Fine Fabrics.
You have been described as a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll. How does this tie into your work?
My passion for screen printing came from working under a rock poster artist and indie record label in San Francisco. Back then, design for me was very flat and stencil-like. Think DIY street style. When I moved back to the south, my designs were inspired and enriched by my surroundings, from the marshlands, to chicken coops, to grandmas quilts....
Truth be told, these days I'm more Yo Gabba Gabba than Waylon Jennings or Motorhead.
How did your showroom and studio come to be named Swamp Kitty?
I give all the credit to a friend and lovely gentleman, John Deering.
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