Hi Everyone! I’m Skye, the Catalog Director for Connecting Threads. I’ve been a maker and artist as long as I can remember, and started sewing at a pretty young age thanks to my mom and grandma. My house was definitely a DIY house growing up! When I was ten I started my first business called Country Cats, which was sewing cat shaped pillows out of vintage fabrics. I made about six and then got distracted by something else so it never really took off, but I’ve loved sewing ever since! In college (I went to Bard) I focused on painting, printmaking and photography (and music and archaeology and, and…) but also made a lot of crazy clothes for myself and my friends.
After school I spent many years as a working artist while trying out different jobs including at a board game company, a children’s museum, an art museum, a hospital and as a deckhand on a big yacht! Along the way I fell in love with design and ended up going to graduate school at MICA (the Maryland Institute College of Art) where I got an MFA in Graphic Design with a focus on surface design and small business. After trying out a lot of types of design, I’ve come to love publication design and fabric design the most. Books, magazines and fabric are some of my favorite things, along cookies, the sea, music and my cat! I’ve worked in both the large, corporate apparel world and the small publishing world.
In my free time I design fabric for apparel with a focus on the kids market, take lots of photos, knit, sew, garden, read and play banjo. I also teach block printing for textiles classes around the Northwest, come join me if you are in the area!
I love being able to blend so many of my passions into one job and it’s such a joy to get to work with fabric, photography, and design as the Catalog Director! I love all things sewing and knitting and am so thrilled to be here with such wonderful co-workers and contribute to the Connecting Threads world!