Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for this collection?
A: Global travel! Mostly architecture for this one, and a little bit of nature inspiration as well. Indonesia, Australia & New Zealand, England, Ireland, Egypt.
Q: What was your “aha” moment in designing this collection?
A: I really wanted it to be a collection of different fabric substrates, so once I decided on the linen with canvas and quilting cotton I realized I'd need different scales and styles for the different fabrics. World Tour came about as I collected my inspirations from photos, and once I did the art it all gelled. I did edit out a few prints that didn't make sense as I usually do. It never really comes together until the very end when all of the color has been applied.
Q: What rock and roll song best personifies this collection?
A: Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart
Q: As a musician and a designer, do you keep your creative energies separate or do they influence each other?
A: They definitely influence each other. I consider my artwork and my music to be heavily linked. I'm every bit as much an album cover and poster designer as I am a song writer. It all has a visual basis in my imagination. I try to tell lyrical stories in my print collections in much the same way as my song writing.
Q: What is your favorite part of the fabric industry?
A: It's a profoundly nice industry. People really support each other even across companies. Maybe I'm naive, but I really get along with everyone that I've come across.
Q: From what aspect of your life do you draw creativity?
A: All of it I think. Inspiration comes to everyone in unique ways. I seek out inspiration, I don't wait for it to fall out of the sky. I practice creativity in so many things that I do everyday. Except laundry and litter box duty.
Q: What is your design process?
A: I draw. I'm lousy at painting. Amy is a GREAT painter. You can tell by my designs. They are very linear. I work on paper and scan into the computer to create the repeats in Photoshop. I then make color palettes out of paint chips, scan them in and correct them. Then I apply color to my black and white art digitally.
Q: What is the most challenging part of the design process?
A: Timing and editing. I usually find myself a bit under the gun as my schedule is busy. Editing upfront instead of overdoing work and having to scrap things that I've worked hard on!
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite colors and why?
A: My favorite colors are blue and green, which is probably pretty obvious. I have no idea why. It's always been that way and I believe there are deep-seeded psychological reasons why we favor certain colors. I'm not a big red or yellow person. Maybe I was left out in the sun too long as a child?