Living for a few years in Thailand and Turkey I learned what it means to be outside of ones comfort zone. Surrounded by languages I didn't understand, cultures I was unfamiliar with, and a new job the I wasn't entirely confident I could do, I was also given the opportunity to experience more of the beauty of our world. Being in a completely new place means that around every corner there is a new sound, a new smell, a new beauty. Finding that beauty allowed me to create a new home, no matter how many miles separated me from my home in Maine.
During my time in Turkey I lived in Denizli, which is at the epicenter of the Turkish textile trade. I would stroll through the markets full of patterns and colors, purchasing a creation every week. They added color and comfort to my apartment, slowly making it into a place I could call 'home'. When my parents came to visit, I loved sharing with them the colors and vibrancy of this new world. And I knew I wanted to bring these textiles back to the United States to share them with as many people as I could.