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by Haylie Waring

I am so happy to be sharing with you all today. I am currently exploring my new life in New York, where I have moved to live out a long-time dream of designing and creating handmade goods to sell. I find inspiration for my work mostly in daily life and in my surroundings. With a camera in tow I spent a week weaving in and out through parks and Brooklyn streets making new discoveries and hunting to be inspired for my next project. Meanwhile, I was learning my way around my new neighborhood, Park Slope. Below I have shared my process for creating simple mood boards that I use mostly for color and texture inspiration. Throughout this week I want to take you all on a journey through my daily New York life and I will share my love of textiles, color, and design. Later in the week I will include two small DIY projects for your home. Thank you, Grace, for having me!


[image above: Mushroom ring on Union Street/ Vintage table runner in Emily’s Apt.]

Chelsea’s outfit and morning snack/ Bouquet of tree peonies from Amy

Village Apt./ 7th Avenue Donuts

The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens/ Greenwood Baptist Church

Sweet Melissa’s Bakery on 7th Ave/ Friends

Mini Mood Boards

These images above are bits and pieces of inspiration (captured on my journey through Park Slope) that have been paired together to evoke a certain mood. I learned this process from a great professor I had in college, Pamela Wiley. Pam is a professor of Fibers (more about the Fibers Department tomorrow!) at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I often go through my old photos to find images that tell a whole new story when combined. This is a great method for planning the color and mood of a room, a party setting or even an outfit. These simple pairings would also be nice framed and hung on a wall as your own artwork.

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