ARTIST INTERVIEW: Pietsie Campbell
Designer Pietsie Campbell’s work is made in California from deadstock, vintage fabric and natural fibers. Pietsie clothing is designed to travel well and get better with age. Her pieces are effortlessly comfortable and at home in a landscape of hills, sun, and cactus. We spoke to Pietsie about her creative journey, and look forward to seeing her at the Holiday Fair in December 2017!
Describe the path that led you to the work you do now.
I grew up on a sandstone tree-lined island in south-west British Columbia. I spent my summers making rafts, camping and thrifting with my mom and sister. Inspired by the coast, desert and uncomplicated California lifestyle I made Los Angeles my new home. Working as a graphic designer and art director for many years, I launched my line of clothing for women and children in 2015.
Do you have a daily working routine? Can you describe it?
My daily work routine starts with my 6 year old daughter Charlie doing a running jump and landing on top of us at 7am (followed by our dog Clemmie). I get everyone’s breakfast, make myself a cappucino and head out the door to drive Charlie to school in Pasadena. Once I get to my studio in Silverlake I light some incense, turn on some music and check emails. Then, depending on the time of year, we’re invoicing, packing, shipping orders and reviewing samples. I love hunting for vintage fabric and hitting the Jobbers downtown for deadstock treasures discarded by bigger labels.
How is your work inspired by or influenced by nature and your surroundings?
Right now I’m really inspired by the Anza Borrego Desert. We went there on a camping trip this spring with Charlie’s school and slept out under the stars. The wildflower superbloom was the best it’s ever been due to the amount of rain California received last winter. We all hiked up to the oasis, swam in the pools and had a picnic surrounded by scented cactus blossom.