The designer and constant traveler sits down for a Session.

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Travel is food for the soul.

WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Loyalty.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST PET PEEVE?

Conference calls when there are too many people talking at once.

WHAT DO YOU WEAR THAT MAKES YOU FEEL STRONG?

Jewelry with power symbols and a recycled military jacket.  I love sharing stories. I feel stronger sharing the creativity of other artisans.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WITH A BROKEN HEART?

Time will heal all.

WHAT IS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?

A Figue candle, a salt sculpture of a Hamsa hand I found in Haiti, a Léon Bakst sketch from the Ballets Russes, an African basket I bought in Lamu, and Gabriel Couzian lip balm.

WHAT GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

Stories of people who must overcome obstacles but triumph in the end.

WHAT IS YOUR BAD DAY BACKUP PLAN?

Plan a trip.  Escapism in my mind and planning a trip is a key to my heart.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

I define success as being passionate about what you do and being able to make a difference in someone’s life.

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

Stay true to who you are.

WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT?

Nothing. I have an internal clock. I love eating nutritious delicious foods and beverages.

WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU GRAB IN A FIRE?

My dogs, my grandfather’s letters from Matisse and postcards from Picasso, and my framed Bakst paintings of the costumes he designed for Ballet Russes. My grandfather was a choreographer and designer, so these have great meaning to me and are some of my strongest influences.

FAVORITE WORD?

Love, passion, freedom, and justice. I believe that if you say a word enough times, it is put into the universe and can manifest itself.

FAVORITE WORK OF ART?

Any work by Matisse.

FAVORITE BOOK? 

I have a few. Jimmy Nelson’s “Before They Pass Away” is so inspiring and magnificent. “A House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout is an incredible story of survival and one woman’s fearless quest for her dream. “Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy” by John le Carré is also a favorite because I love political thrillers.

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