THE STORY OF H. LIVELY (MY INTERVIEW WITH VOYAGE HOUSTON)
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
As I reflect on "my story" and how H. Lively Textiles came about, I have to laugh. We've all seen the diagram showing that scribbled, twisted and anything BUT straight line leading you from point A to point B? Well, that's an accurate representation of my path to H. Lively Textiles. I was not called toward a specific career at an early age, and not until life experiences and interests merged did I realize my destination.
I grew up in a household where family meals were a daily occurrence; cleaning, pulling weeds and taking care of the house seemed almost as frequent and Mom was forever planning a get together for friends and family. Looking back, I recognize how this shaped my life and deepened my appreciation for the home, specifically what it means - love, laughter, memories, meals shared, but even those not so pleasant responsibilities, frustrations and challenges that come with the territory. To quote Lao Tzu, “The reality of the building does not consist in roof and walls but in the space within to be lived.” I first saw this quote etched into Frank Lloyd Wright’s theater wall while visiting his Taliesin West home a couple of years ago. Even one of the greatest architects of our time understood the importance of the meaning behind his work, the home.
In addition to this, both of my parents modeled to me how to be an artist. My dad is a Landscape Architect who creates stunningly beautiful landscapes and my mom is an equally impressive painter, crafter and seamstress. Nurtured in such a creative environment, being a pharmacist or a Human Resource Coordinator or a Database Administrator did not satisfy but, believe me, I tried them all!
Despite numerous attempts to settle for a “job,” I was not fulfilled. A lifetime of exposure to artistic endeavors instilled in me an insatiable desire to create. But the question remained, in what media?
Finding that one medium that made me lose track of time, that I couldn’t wait to get back to, that truly filled my cup…well, if you envision another curvy road ahead you would be correct! Again, I created in numerous ways but found myself gravitating to the home, specifically interior design. I studied balance, proportion, scale and noticed how all of the design principles worked together to create a functional yet beautiful space. With an eye for detail, I honed in on how pattern, texture and color gave life to a space. Before I knew it, my love for textile design was born!
I have been designing my own textiles for quite a few years now and truly get lost in the process. Time slips away and I am excited about waking up at ungodly hours to work before my toddler wakes. I am excited to now have clarity about “my calling.” All of the twists and turns I’ve taken to get here have not been in vain. For H. Lively Textiles to have the definition it has now required all the experiences of my upbringing, cultivation of interests and passions over time and lots of trial and error! Through H. Lively Textiles, I am able to combine my deep love for the home, my love of art and my desire to create. Taking it one step further now, I get to experience the joy that comes from sharing my talents with others. Seeing the ear-to-ear smiles that comes from helping someone else turn their house into a home, for me, is a dream come true.
Please tell us about your art. What do you do / make / create? How? Why? What’s the message or inspiration, what do you hope people take away from it? What should we know about your artwork?
My love for the home and textile design has morphed into starting my own business, H. Lively Textiles. I use my hand drawn, hand created patterns to make soft goods for the home. H. Lively launched with a collection of throw pillows that are designed to take the guess work out of decorating. The patterns are mix and match so all you have to do is pick your favorites and you wind up with a cohesive look!
I hear often how overwhelming decorating can be so I wanted to create products that make the process of styling your home easy.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Be more concerned with being authentic rather than original. Most things in life have already been done so try not to let the fact that there are already hundreds of people doing what you want to do keep you from expressing and creating what is true to you.
Thanks so much for letting me share my story with you guys! My hope is that by being transparent about my journey, you know, the lack of clear direction part, will encourage others who “don’t have it all figured out immediately." I have become a true believer that sometimes your path requires time - lots of time- to nurture passions, experiment and life has to be lived before clarity hits. Keep seeking. Don’t settle.
Merry Christmas y’all!