I came across these delightful pillows by Alexandra Ferguson recently while looking for some images to accompany my "bullies" post... The more I looked through her website, the more I fell in love with her designs, and thought she seemed like a really cool, fun person! I contacted Alexandra and asked if she would share her story with us.
Here's a little background about Alexandra followed by a few questions I asked her...
Her shop, Alexandra Ferguson, sells 100% recycled pillows and totes. These items are created in her loft apartment located in what used to be a Bloomingdale's department store in southern Westchester, NY. After studying photo-journalism at NYU, she thought she might become a war photographer. Instead, she landed a job in the fashion industry as a technical designer and studio manager. She has worked for Rebecca Taylor and Zac Posen, and now freelances a few days a week for a Kohl's licensee company. This has all been terrific experience for her!
Last November, she created a pillow for her good friend. She kept going, and suddenly, everyone on her gift list received pillows...by mid-January, she had opened her shop on Etsy, and has been taking orders left and right, which keeps her busy close to 90 hours a week! From a very young age, she has known that she wanted to become a self-supporting artist. Three cheers for her...I'm glad she did!
Here's what she has to say:
1. You've mentioned you'd like to start your own home accessories collection. Besides pillows, what will your collection consist of when your dream comes true?
Fantasy land time!