We are so pleased to introduce Veronica Giavedoni and her beautiful line of pillows, Nido, to the lineup this fall. Some things combine to make an unexpected super-pleasure, like french fries dipped in milkshakes and putting an avocado in your smoothie. The structural-meets-tie dye look is something we never would have thought could be so delightful, but we're sure happy that Veronica figured it out.
Name: Veronica Giavedoni
Product: Hand dyed patchwork pillows
Location: Austin, TX
Astrological sign: Sagittarius
What you had for breakfast: Yogurt + granola and coffee
We're happy you're joining us this year for Feliz! Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you make?
I’m excited as well! I’ve enjoyed attending Feliz as a patron in the past and am thrilled I get to participate and show my wares this time around.
I worked as a graphic designer for almost 9 years before turning my focus to pillow making. About six years ago I began tie-dyeing fabric (using tie-dye kits and Rit dye) to make patchwork pillows for family, friends and my own home. I continued to get such a good response to the work that I thought I should try my hand at turning my hobby into a business. I learned how to dye using fiber reactive dyes in January 2014 and combined my newly acquired dyeing skills with my patchwork abilities and Nido was born!
Your pillows seem so intricate, how did you learn the technique it takes to make them?
In 2009 I briefly shared a studio with my talented friend Haleh (of Haleh Pedram’s Upholstery and Ideas). She is a wealth of crafty knowledge and also owns tons of handicraft books. One of those books is the Seminole Patchwork Book. She made a few objects using Seminole patchwork techniques from this book and taught me how to create a multi-colored checkered patchwork pattern. I was hooked! From then on, I continued to experiment with different Seminole patchwork techniques, traditional quilt patchwork patterns as well as more improvised patchwork compositions.
How would you describe the style you have in your own house?
I would say it is a colorful collection of handmade and vintage finds, as well as a museum of our friend’s art and handiwork!
Are there any unexpected places/ideas that inspire your designs?
I try to be a keen observer of everyday life, but some unexpected sources of inspiration have been old movies, architectural details, the composition of a painting or collage, and color combinations in vintage magazines.