Kiawah Island Escape (slash: Design Retreat).

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if

from the head, almost nothing.

~Marc Chagall

A flock of birds on the sand at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.


Woven cotton brocade work on a back-strap loom from Oaxaca.
This beautiful woven brocade work comes from a book I’m gathering much inspiration from called, “Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art,” from the collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex.

A woman looking into the eyes of her new niece.


Miles and miles of trees with Spanish Moss from South Carolina.

A Mexican weaver's hands lay on top of her colorful dress and weaving project.
This is a cut from an image in the book, “Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art,” from the collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex.
Betsy, Iya, and baby Charlotte admiring my necklace.
Betsy, Iya, and baby Charlotte admiring my necklace.

An colorful design book sits next to a design sketchbook with the peaceful woods as a background.

A wooden pathway beside the dunes of Kiawah Island.

A sweet Peruvian American baby and her proud Aunt.
My beautiful niece wears a knitted sweater from one of her Peruvian relatives. How could I NOT gather inspiration from this little thing.

I made a quick decision to join my family on the Island of Kiawah (off the coast of South Carolina) last weekend. I wanted to reconnect, to have some space to think, to dream big for this next collection. I needed to step out of my head for a minute, share coffee with my longtime coffee-mates (mom/sis) , hold my niece (who’s initials are CEO, btw), rediscover the roots, feel that momentum. Everything that I do informs the work. Then the work will go where it wants to go. It becomes my ultimate task then to listen and follow it.

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some

a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside

yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.

~ Lou Dorfsman

I came back feeling reinvigorated with a sketchbook full of new work. Family, I love you so.

Your~ bets

***Song of the Moment: Whale, by Yellow Ostrich***


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