The need to create was instilled in me at a very young age. I had the good fortune to grow up surrounded by people who were always making things. There were sewers, knitters, painters and crafters in every nook and cranny of my life. We made everything from doll clothing to holiday gifts and decorations. If I wanted something I made it. Making things brought me satisfaction, pride and, well...... joy. One summer when I was 12, I refurbished an old pair of wedge sandals by covering them in denim. They were fabulous until I got caught in the rain.
Defining my artistic style has always been tricky; I am influenced by so many things around me. Old department store catalogs, vintage wallpaper, a pattern in an old dress or the colors in a bakery window can spark a new idea.
Learning new techniques and experimenting with different mediums and styles keeps things exciting, challenging and fresh. The result is that each collection has a distinct character and charm all its own.
I am happy to say that creating a collection still brings the same joy that I had as a kid and that makes me one lucky girl.
Originally from Cincinnati, Paula and her husband, Tom Haney, now live in Atlanta. Both work out of their home/studio in the heart of downtown. She is a sucker for a bad, vintage horror movie.