My mother (a talented seamstress as well as collegiate Clothing and Textiles instructor), attempted to teach me to sew at a young age, - but I hated it!
Years later, while living in Mexico as an exchange student, I discovered the world of textile weaving and dabbled in creativity until I returned stateside and focused on a career in Education.
It wasn't until years later, while living temporarily in the Washington, DC area, that I rediscovered the wonderful world of weaving, yarns and design! Signing up for a beginning handweaving class at a local school, I remember looking down at the piece I was creating and absolutely falling in love! Imagine my mom's shock when I told her about this newfound textile love affair!
Upon return to California, I spent the next several years saving for a floorloom (I now own 5!) and traveling to study under top-quality instructors to learn color design, weaving technique, and how to dye yarns myself. This pursuit led me to places such as North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Canada, as well as parts of California.
Although I'm thankful for these opportunities, I am happiest when in my own sunny studio, working on a new design. I've found that the year-round intense sun of the high desert is a designer's best friend - due to how it's brightness magnifies color. This enables me to differentiate even subtle color hues and tones not always visible in other climates, which is one reason I am able to play with color and create such vivid interesting palettes from which my designs spring.
I hope you love wearing your Bella Looma original as much as I loved creating it!