About the California 1966 collection:
When I was a young girl, I’d often spend the weekend creating batiks with my grandmother, JoJo, in her pink stucco house in Redwood City, California. It was there that my love of dying fabric began. JoJo kept her powdered dyes in Gerber baby food jars in her the studio. She bought the dyes in Mexico and maybe that’s why she labeled them in Spanish. Verde, azul, rojo became magical words for me. The colors they represented were bolder and more powerful than their English equivalents. And when I dipped old white sheets in the vats of dye we mixed up together, I felt that magic come to life.
Today I’m revisiting this dream and continuing the work I began with my grandmother in my studio in Kitsap County, just a ferry’s ride away from Seattle. The magic is mine again, and I’m falling in love with color all over again, creating midcentury-inspired silk scarves inspired by my grandmother’s mod aesthetic. My debut collection is called California 1966 in honor of those days with my grandmother.
I design and paint scarves in my studio on the Kitsap Pennisula in Washington State. I am also the author of How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed and Writing Is My Drink: A Writer's Story of Finding her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too). I teach memoir writing at the University of Washington and Hugo House in Seattle. You can learn more about me and my work at TheoNestor.com.