Designing Moms: Meet Liberty

by Cat on March 18, 2009

The photos of Liberty’s work and family life show such verve and warmth. I love hearing about how she and her daughter spend time together crafting and passing creative ideas back and forth. Please help me welcome Designing Mom Liberty!

Name: Liberty

About me: I grew up in LA, in a design family – my dad is a toy inventor and I’m the only one that didn’t go into the toy business… I lived in Chicago for the first 5 years of my marriage (working as a textile designer in the interior design industry) and I really feel like the warmth and receptiveness that Chicago shows to artists made a huge impact on who I am creatively. Now we’re back in LA – living in an old bungalow near to downtown in an “up and coming” neighborhood (wink).
What I do: I own my business, which can be found at www.libertyworth.com. I started off making jewelry on the side, while I was doing the corporate designing – I think it was a reaction to so much time spent in front of the computer each day, I wanted to come home and FEEL something. So I started making jewelry, knitting, and eventually learned how to sew by trading jewelry with a friend for lessons. I made my first Libby Dibby skirt in 2004 and recently sold my 1000th skirt online through my website. I don’t actually do the sewing for my business, I have seamstresses that work from home and I save the sewing for fun (and therapy)…

What I’m inspired by: I used to mostly be inspired by travel, art, fine design, but these days, I’m finding more inspiration in the things of the simple life: items that can be used, loved, worn and treasured, recycled, reused… all of it. There’s something romantic and lovely about things that are worn with time and love… I try to make things that feel that way.

What’s a day in my life like: My life demands that I work at night, while my kids are sleeping – both for my business and for my creative outlets… but my 4 year old (whom I call “the design director” on my blog) is a great person to do “projects” with. She’s inherited her momma’s opinionated design sense and I love when we design things together. It’s been a real lesson to let go, let her be free with her ideas and let her watch me sew her concepts into reality (sometimes making mistakes and learning from them). I’m loving the earthiness and timelessness of the process of crafting as mother & daughter….

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Our Designing Moms March 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Welcome Liberty!

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jackie March 18, 2009 at 4:48 pm

love that photo of the crayons!

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libbydibby March 18, 2009 at 8:32 pm

thanks! I sometimes joke that life at my house is like living at Crayon Mountain.
The photo has become a bit iconic for this season of my life!

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Tori Higa Stationery March 19, 2009 at 3:12 am

welcome, liberty!

for anyone who is not familiar with liberty’s skirts, i just have to say that they are the best! they are perfect for moms – especially post pregnancy when you might want to hide a little tummy for a while. AND you can even get them in vintage fabrics which is extra fun. :)

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Canvas Prints March 19, 2009 at 6:23 am

Hi! I really enjoyed reading your post, plus I love that photo with the crayons! Thanks for sharing this!

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Rubyellen March 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

hi liberty! i have the honor of being blog friends with her and now real friends too! Liberty rocks just like her name!

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