A true artist at heart, Sara Berks has always been been drawn to patterns, textiles and creative processes. After attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City and receiving a BFA in Graphic Design, she started her career at various interactive design agencies, but found herself longing to branch off on her own and grow something herself; authentic, creative and on her own terms. After experimenting with tapestry weaving using simple frame looms and whatever fibers she could get her hands on, what she was meant to do became obvious, and, in 2013, MINNA was born.
MINNA is a home textile brand which Sara named after her grandmother, who — upon arriving to America from Germany in 1940 — chose to drop the name as a way to reflect the shedding of old and embracing of new. Much like the name and the story behind it, MINNA’s offerings stylistically bridge the gap between nostalgic and timeless, and a bit rebellious and daring. With unexpected color combinations, patterns and designs, Sara draws inspiration for her pillows, rugs, blankets and wall hangings from traditional craft techniques and the various master artisans in Mexico and Guatemala whom she personally gets to know before they handcraft each piece.
Her distinct, contemporary aesthetic combined with nostalgic practices has landed her products in various stores across America and online, along with a fan base that reaches far and wide. Today, we’re thrilled to have Sara join us to share more about her business, how it came to be, and what’s in store for the future (including a home tour to keep an eye out for soon)! –Sabrina