DREAMWEAVERS :: Jodie Cooper

“C: I read in another interview that every item in your house is one that you love- that you’ve carefully curated it to reflect the way in which you see the world. How important is it to you that the objects you surround yourself with tell a story?

 J: Everything we own has a story attached- when, where and how are the interesting facts when you acquire something unusual. I have been fortunate to travel to amazing places, and I always try to purchase something that is unique to the culture. I avoid tourist shops, seek out smaller artisan markets and ask for the oldest piece they have. In Uzbekistan and Bukhara where I purchased the amazing embroidered Suzanis hanging in the villa, they were surprised that I wanted the oldest they had rather than the new machine-made versions. I have learnt so much from the people of the villages, and they are only too happy to share stories when you are interested.

DREAMWEAVERS :: Reyes Beard

C: How did you get there- did you follow a traditional grow-study-work path, or was there another way?’

R: Werk, werk, werk, werk, werk… it’s the only way.