ARTIST INTERVIEW: Maria Dora

Maria Dora is a knitwear designer from Los Angeles. Handmade in Palos Verdes, each piece is carefully created with fine yarns, such as cashmere blends and Japanese bias fibers. The singular focus on color and silhouette creates a collection that is emotional, sincere and honest.

Maria Dora will be at the Spring Fair for the first time on May 12 & 13th and we are thrilled to feature her luxurious, creative knits!

 

 

Describe the path that led you to the work that you do now.

I owe my career to several creative women, but probably none more than Trish Summerville – she was the first to trust me to help execute her knitwear vision for a film, and I have been working freelance for costume designers ever since.

Every costume designer I work with is an artist in their own right, so I always come away with new understanding of how my craft works in a narrative. That directly impacts the way I approach my own line – I always wonder about what part of someone’s life do my knits fit in. That leads me to constantly improve silhouettes, finishings and textures. It’s an evolving process and I’m incredibly grateful for that.

 

 

How do you find a balance between practicality and beauty in your creations? 

My main knitter Juan always says to ”let the yarn tell you what to do” and I take that motto to heart. Cashmere blends are delicate by nature, so every design decision is impactful. Making knitwear by hand is an imperfect process, but I have learned that sometimes the quietest details resonate the most.

 

 

What do you do, or where do you go to seek fresh ideas or renewed creative energy? 

To be honest, I need my quiet time – I work best in the early morning, when the rest of my house is asleep. I can spend hours researching topics or reading books. By the time I get to the studio, I’m ready to tackle my daily workload or any collaborative projects.

 

 

Do you think community is important to creativity? If so, how? 

Yes – I am very much inspired by my friends and family. I’m lucky enough to share a studio with my friend Misa Miyagawa of Botanica Workshop, she’s always inspiring me to be a better designer and business owner. We’re also next door to the boutique Nonna, which is owned by the incredibly chic Olivia Perez. I feel fortunate to work so closely with such talented women, and I feel like our community in Highland Park is only growing.

Website: mariadora.us

Instagram: @maria_dora



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