A passion for the color and texture of fabric was genetically programmed into my being. My earliest memories of my grandmother are of watching her work at her treadle Singer machine, creating clothing and linens for the household. When I was a child, my mother made her own wardrobe as well as most of my school dresses on her "modern" Singer machine, which was housed in a cherry wood cabinet. I loved to rummage through the stash of remnants stored in her bench seat, running fingers over the rise of brocade ridges on satin, or smoothing the nap on a piece of silk velvet.

Such fabrics, once common in the mid-twentieth century- are quite dear today. In my travels I haunt antique shops, estate sales, and interior design shops, seeking vintage remnants and buttons to fashion into one-of-a-kind accessories and decor. The "mod" graphic prints of the late sixties are some of my favorites. I also source industrial remnants which would otherwise be discarded in landfills (a crime in my estimation!).

I never know exactly what I'll create with my rescued textiles, but the process is always a revealing adventure, channeling the era and mood that a piece of fabric evokes. You can find more of my work at my website: joaquinadesignstudio.blogspot.com,/p>