ADDRESS Interview with Amy Cripps of Margie Bella Textile.

Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. Margie Bella makes hand painted, hand constructed textiles for the home including accent cushions, tote bags, and linens. By bringing her painting practice to functional home goods, artist and maker Amy Cripps creates art you can lay your head and put your market veggies in.

Describe your creative process. Fabric stretched on the wall, cup of coffee, bucket of water, my favourite brush, sitting and staring, painting, cutting, ironing, pairing, sewing, smiling.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? Colour, compositions, shapes and lines from life – my phone is full of photos of Mexican floor tile, neighbourhood gardens, seafoam green highschool lockers, telephone wires cutting across the sky, soft dandelion poofs precariously perched on sleek stems, graffiti, and shadows of all sorts.

My materials and tools – finding a nice piece of vintage linen gets me going and paint is crazy beautiful to pour, mix, and drag across fabric. If I’m blocked, I know a fresh, raw stroke of paint will draw me back into the studio.

I believe that everyday objects can and should bring you joy. I’m inspired by the possibility of filling a need in a beautiful way.

People – so many good and talented and lovely people in my life who keep me nourished.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Start doing. Sometimes I spend way too much time thinking and feel like I have to know every step of the way before I start. But in practice, the richest learning and growing and success comes from doing, and sometimes doing it wrong the first (or second, or third) time.

What’s your dream project? To open a killer shared studio – think white brick, skylights, soaring ceilings, exposed everything… where a collection of women makers of various disciplines can create community, and art, together.

What design trends are you excited about? Aesthetically, I’m loving seeing all my 90’s faves – dusty rose, forest green, brass, and bellies coming back and the cozy comfort that comes along with that. More importantly, I’m excited there’s such a strong swell of support for local, ethical, and inclusive product and production and hope it continues to grow.