Minnesota: the wonder years
Frosty winters, glorious lakes, Scandinavian heritage. (You get the picture.) Started design career making clothes and homes for Barbie dolls.
Minneapolis to Europe: college
Interned in Guthrie Theatre costume shop. Favorite job was sewing boning into corsets. (The meticulous nature of this task speaks volumes about my personality.) College, including a year in London with hitchhiking tour through Europe.
One way ticket to NY
Seamstress at Barbara Matera Costumes, stitching yards of maribou feathers into capes for original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls.”
Observed that all working designers had gone to Yale.
Yale University, MFA
Studied set, costume and lighting design. A dream world for a designer… the sky’s the limit.
Live from New York
Designed costumes for Saturday Night Live, dressing celebrities in silly costumes. Created looks for characters including the irreverent Church Lady.
It’s a good thing
Emmy award-winning television art director, Martha Stewart Living. Perfect job for a perfectionist.
Real life design
Design interiors for new construction and renovations. Projects include a New York apartment, 19th c. barn in Connecticut, Vermont ski house, and a San Francisco house on Russian Hill.
Designed the renovation of a crumbling villa in the mountains of Liguria, Italy for “The Brian Boitano Project” on HGTV.
Best. Job. Ever.
Fun with food
Traveling the world – finding treasures, taking photographs, meeting characters, having adventures, being inspired…and writing about it on Just One Suitcase.
Novel on submission. Represented by Ann Leslie Tuttle at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret