BC: Tell us a little about your process: How do you come up with your designs? How do you get from the initial idea to the finished creation?
SS: I work very intuitively—I generally have a million ideas/images floating through my head that come out when they’re ready.
BC: Do you have a favorite medium to work in or material to work with?
SS: Textiles in general. Quality is very important and I take great pride in finding the right jerseys, French terries, Italian interlock and cupro to use.
BC: What was the first thing you ever made? Do you still have it?
SS: I do! The first shirt I ever made to sell was a quarter-inch black and white striped tank top that was cut and stitched to create a zig zag pattern. It also had slashes cut on the back along the stripes.
BC: What do your designs mean to you?
SS: Like any creative endeavor, they’re a form of expression. They help me articulate and understand the world around me in a fun way.
BC: Have you ever made anything and not liked it? Has anything ever not come out quite the way you had planned?
SS: Sure. It’s part of the creative process: Sometimes things don’t work out the way you’d like. You keep on going and rework it or put it aside to think on it.
BC: Got any tips for aspiring designers?
SS: If you love it, do it, but be prepared to give it your all because it’s a lot of work.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.