Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Nancy: All over…everywhere. Inspiration is all around us; you just have to look and be open to new images, thoughts,ideas.
P: What does your creative process entail?
N: I usually get inspired by something, do a bit of research, sketch out design, refine my idea, gather supplies, make the pattern, and then do a“proto” to work out any “bugs” before finalizing the design.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
N: Designing and sewing are my artistic “mediums”; processes by which I can imagine, learn, evolve, and feel satisfied with the “hands on” process on creating something.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
N: Well, I’ve designed accessories (and garments) for the wholesale/retail market, but often create special gifts for friends or family members.
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
N: When I was in college, I worked for a high-end ski wear manufacturer and learned a lot about industrial sewing; tips and tricks I’ve used for years and teach to my students. I’ve also learned about product development, marketing, and a myriad other aspects of the fashion industry (too numerous to name) during my career. One cannot be in the fashion industry without learning something new all the time.
P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
N: I was most influenced by my aunt who was a costume designer and also a cousin who was a knitwear designer, so I had these two influences in my life at an early age. I started sewing when I was eight on my great-grandmother’s treadle sewing machine and made garments for my teddy bears and Barbie dolls. I went on to study clothing & textiles in college.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
N: I am a self-confessed and unashamed “fabriholic”! I love textiles and trims and like to experiment with fabrics I’ve not sewn before. I can get inspired by a button, a unique trim, a detail in a vintage garment or something I see on the runway. It doesn’t take much and I’m off imagining my next design!