“beauty and simplicity is the idea behind everything I do, and and if I can achieve something simple and beautiful I am happy”
It is hard to pinpoint exactly when artemesia morphed from the idea "wouldn't it be fun to" into the reality "well I had better get to work because I need 30 scarves by Friday". I have always loved making things with my hands: whether it's cooking, sewing, dyeing, making ceramics or stained glass. I even took a welding class once to learn how to make outdoor furniture! I guess when it comes down to it, the garden as a backdrop has been an ongoing theme. I was a professional gardener for years, so it is sort of a natural progression to use natural fibers and plants as dyestuff. Living in the Berkshires allows for a connection with nature and the changing seasons, and a beautiful landscape to create in-while the long winters give plenty of time for introspection.
I grew up in Irvington NY, a small town located on the Hudson River about 40 minutes north of NYC. I completed a degree in Horticulture at Cornell University and went on for my Master's Degree in Garden Design at The Conway School located in the bucolic Hilltowns of Western Massachusettes. I now call the Berkshires home. We (my husband, two sons, two dogs, two cats & 9 chickens) live in an old farmhouse on almost 5 acres that include a pond. Our neighbor told us that when he was a boy our backyard was a corn field. My studio was supposed to be the renovation of the old barn, but after much hemming, hawing, and argument, the barn was taken down and a new building put up- it was so much more practical in the end, though not nearly as romantic. And so here I am, 2 hours by car to Boston and 2 1/2 hours from NYC, piecing together a business by doing the things I love, surrounded by nature and my favorite people.