#meetthemaker: Eileen Kennedy of Butterfly Jeans
To countdown to our two-part holiday show, we’re kicking off a new #meetthemaker series to get to know our DIY Night makers and artists a little bit better. If you haven’t already, RSVP for our DIY Night on Friday, December 1st and stop by Eileen’s booth to make denim ornaments!
Eileen Kennedy is a real design OG — she’s been working as a designer and maker for the past 20 years. Previously a furniture maker, Eileen launched Butterfly Jeans this past summer and we have no doubt that her foray into denim will be just as successful. Make sure to check out Butterfly Jeans to see Eileen’s design language of pattern, shape, and graphics into action.
Tell us a bit about your journey as a maker. When/why did you create your company and where do you see it in the next 2 years?
“I’ve been a designer and maker for the past 20 years. I started in fine furniture making and designed and made Bespoke Furniture and Custom Interiors from 2000-2010. In 2002, I launched a small line of furniture where the focus was on sustainable wood and uplifting design—special attention was paid to detailing and curves.
Butterfly was launched summer 2017. I’m interested in the intersection of people and everyday life- where you meet the world from a self expressive and humanistic orientation.”
What inspires you?
“I am very inspired by people, feelings, individuality, patterns and rhythm in nature, how it parallels and repeats in architecture, art and design. I’m interested in how shapes and forms inform each other.”
What’s your favorite gift to give during the holiday season and why?
“I love giving my time…I’m very busy with the daily dealings of family life, so physical gifts have taken a back burner the past few years.”
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
“The best gift I ever received for the holidays is hand made by my young daughter.”
What is your favorite part of participating in markets and meeting your clients face to face?
“I love meeting people, sharing about the creative process and learning about each other.”
When you’re not crafting away, where can we find you?
“In my kitchen making chicken stock, soup, reading aloud to my daughter OR outdoors in the Sierra Nevada Foothills soaking up the Yuba.”
Show us where you work!
Any advice for first time vendors??
“Have FUN! Smile! Don’t focus on “selling”– Instead focus on connecting with people and having a good time- the selling will flow more easily that way.”