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This Just In-spiration: Meet Lydia Henkel-Moellmann

September 19, 2016

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

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What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Lydia Henkel-Moellmann, creator of our new Ombre Rothko Scarf.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist/maker?
I’ve had a lifelong interest and appreciation for art, and always knew I wanted to work creatively in some capacity. While studying fashion in college I realized I could most definitely become a maker, but I wasn’t sure of the best approach. Working for PAZ COLLECTIVE allowed me to finally realize this potential as I began my design career.

Lydia Sample Matching

Lydia ensuring that a sample matches the requested color

What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?
Seeing the final product and hearing and feeling the reaction from buyers. It feels really good after you’ve put so much time and energy into a collection to then hear praises from your customers! I have customers who come up to me at shows and tell me how much they still love a piece I designed years ago. I’m happy to spread love and good energy through this work.

Ombre Rothko Scarf

What does your typical day in the studio look like?
I spend about 50% of the year working from home and the other 50% split between working in India, New York and trade shows across the country. India is where I can be the most creative. My typical day there involves waking up in our beautiful hotel and going for a morning swim. That’s where I organize the day’s activities. While in the field, I meet with my workshops regarding current productions, shop the market, design, and seek inspiration.

Lydia working with artisans in India

Lydia working with artisans in India

Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?
I have several stones that I’ve picked up while on various travels. A piece of rose quartz, labradorite, and a few large geodes, among others. I like to keep these near my desk – they remind me of the places I’ve been and inspire me to keep exploring.

The stones Lydia has collected on her travels.

The stones Lydia has collected on her travels.

Imagine you just showed your work to a kindergartner for the first time. What do you think they would say?
Everybody is amazed by how soft our cashmere is! I’m sure a child would be tempted to snuggle up and nap in a cashmere scarf.

Ombre Rothko Scarf Closeup

What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?
A quote I’ve kept close to me lately is: “Worry is a misuse of imagination.” It reminds me to keep going and to be creative and positive.

Shop the Ombre Rothko Scarf Here

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