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Originally from the Northern California coast, my studio is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in a converted textile mill on the Blackstone River.  As an artist and designer with an MFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), I’ve been inspired by pattern languages since childhood, as well as the importance of living with textiles. I believe pattern and tactility are powerful tools in the design process.  

My great-grandmother, Agnes Moran, was a French-Canadian seamstress. Her aprons of paisley and patchwork were classic handcrafted pieces, and showed me her simple attention to detail. My Nana’s crotched afghans, so full of rich colors, were endless sources of comfort on chilly San Francisco evenings.    

Like them, I focus on quality, a respect for the timeless power of the handmade, and hold firm to the belief that reconnecting with beauty and comfort will keep us more balanced and in good company with our hectic world.

Claudia Middendorf, Artisan & Founder

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