who we are...so far...
Fabric finder, designer, creator, maker and owner.
Born in New Zealand, I moved to Scotland in 1989 and then to the States in 2000. Art, gardening and sewing have always been part of my life. My parents have a crazy, beautiful, incredibly abundant garden, which my father makes more beautiful each year. My mother is a sewing queen and bakes the best shortbread in the world (in addition, she is a demon lawn mower). They bought me a sewing machine for my 10th birthday - it was the best gift EVER. My first project was a rag-doll, because then I could make clothes for it.
My creative, rural, upbringing: gardening, milking cows, building fires, and bricolage of all sorts (brewing concoctions from plants to building tree-huts), has combined with my constant delight in fashion (I was a teenager in the 80's after all!!) and a fascination with old fabrics and antiques...throw in a profound concern for the environment, an enjoyment of repurposing, a love of texture and pattern, and we have re.find & de.find. Cindy Lauper, Adam Ant, J Morgan Puett, Cowgirls, Pioneers, early 1900's fashion, and MacGyver, are a sampling of my influences.
My first car was a 1966 Ford Ranchero, I still mourn its passing.
I have a BFA in Drawing and Painting and an MFA in VIsual Arts and have taught budding artists of all ages. I most recently worked at the New Hampshire Institute of Art for 9 years as faculty, Chairperson of Painting and finally as the Dean of Graduate Studies.
You can see my artwork online at www.alisonwilliams.org.
Editor, tag applier, shipper, and advice giver.
Julia is a New Hampshire native with a great appreciation for everything fabulous and beautiful, which is why she immediately said “YES” when Alison asked if she would consider helping with re.find & de.find.
She attended the New Hampshire Institute of Art for her Bachelors of Fine Art degree and graduated in 2007 with a concentration in ceramics.
Julia is a multidisciplinary artist, dancer, and teacher. She is passionate about making the world more beautiful while being mindful, sustainable, and compassionate.
She lives on a farm in NH with her husband, four cats, several dogs, a couple of sheep, a herd of goats, a white unicorn, and countless ducks and chickens.