I’m at the fabulous blogging conference, Altitude Summit, in Salt Lake City this week! I decided to kick off a new series while I’m gone… Inspiration Dialogues will be dedicated to demystifying the inspiration process. We’ll be talking to bloggers, designers, and artists I admire. Hopefully, we’ll get inspired along the way!
Here’s Anne, a designer at Lacefield Designs and all around special lady I’m lucky to call a friend in real life:
Tell us a little bit about you and Lacefield Designs.
I have been working at Lacefield since I graduated from college and I love it here. I was a Fine Arts major at Sewanee, the University of the South, and have been an artist and painter for as long as I can remember. I never dreamed that I would get to be creative every day as part of my career!
Lacefield Designs was started in 1995 by our founder and creative director, Beth Lacefield. She started the company with a small product line of handmade home accessories that she sold to various home décor catalogs. As her product assortment grew, so did the company. We now offer an assortment of printed textiles, accent pillows, bedding and drapery, all made in the USA. Lacefield Designs also offers licensed art, lighting and rug designs to other manufacturers. I should also mention that we are all very proud of Beth because last Saturday, she was just awarded “Designer of the Year” by the ARTS Awards Council, a panel of judges and our peers in the home furnishings industry. (Interjecting my congratulations on this awesome accomplishment – Huge congrats to Beth & Lacefield Designs!)
When you start out on a new design or project, how do you begin the “inspiration” stage?
When designing new textile collections in particular, we all meet as a team to discuss what trends we have been seeing out in the world and also what we think might be missing in the marketplace. With Beth leading the way with a design direction, we throw in color swatches, mood boards, photographs and sketches to begin to narrow our focus and determine what would look great in our line. I am really excited about this upcoming collection in particular! It is very artistic- we are hand carving linoleum and stamping the images into repeat. We are also creating watercolor artwork to be turned into fabric. I am really looking forward to seeing how the watercolors translate into printed textiles!
How do you stay inspired if you hit a roadblock?
Sometimes you just need to step away for a bit! I have found that with both artwork and new design development, there is bound to be a bit of an ‘ugly duckling’ phase. Don’t get too frustrated. Just do something else for a bit and come back to it with a clear head.
How would you describe the feeling you get when you’re inspired? Productive? Dreamy? Imaginative?
It’s exciting when you feel like you are on the brink of something really good. That excitement just helps to feed those creative moments and thoughts. In my head I think, “Ooh! And then we could do this! And then..and then..” It snowballs. It doesn’t happen all of the time so you have to go with it when it does! If that bolt of lightning doesn’t hit, it is definitely helpful to be surrounded by so many creative people to talk things through.
And PS, I would love to brag on Lacefield Designs a little more… They’ve been featured in Southern Living a few times in recent months – here’s the most recent feature!