Joanne started her creative journey when she learned to sew at age 11. That was the start of her love for color, design, fabrics, and making things by hand. Her creative endeavors over the years have included sewing clothing and items for the home, doing collage and colored pencil works, creating greeting cards, painting old windows for garden art and learning the art of upholstery. After a 35-year career in accounting and business management, she returned to school and earned a degree in interior design.
She now divides her time between her business, A Better Space Organizing and Design, part-time work for a non-profit for Friends of Zenger Farm, and spending time in her studio creating.
Joanne's current artistic endeavor, making purses and tote bags from recycled fabric samples and tarp making remnants, started as a direct result of a project my design company worked on for a furniture store when she came across stacks of upholstery fabric samples that were headed for the dumpster. As a lifelong sewer and more recent upholsterer, she couldn’t resist taking these discards and making them into something practical, beautiful and one-of-a-kind.
The size of the samples make design a challenge but also ensure that there will only be one of each bag created – no two can ever be alike. These creations just feel more special and are works of art.