Before Sandra Dejanovic became a mom and maker of blankets—dreamy, dreamy blankets—she did a ten-year stint in the realm of engineering and transportation. “I used to work around old men, but now I’m with babies, mostly, and fabrics,” she laughs.
But this new state is actually a return to form: As a wee one herself, she had been surrounded by materials and sewing supplies. Her mother, a lingerie designer, kept a home studio that became Sandra’s playground. “It was always full of people and very comfortable silks. Friends and clients were always dropping by the studio for business—but also to say hello,” she says. When Sandra moved from Paris to San Francisco with her husband and son in 2010, she thought she’d be content staying at home with her kiddo. “Everybody is so happy in San Francisco—everyday feels like a holiday,” she explains. “I felt so inspired by the colors and the spirit here, and I knew I wanted to make things with my hand.” So, she created her own fabric land, using the fresh and vibrant hues of her new surroundings to develop her palette and dying fabrics while her son slept.
Today, fabric land is really more of a kingdom—pillows, blankets, bedspreads, and napkins, all in washed-out hues with pops of neon. “I just always had it in my mind, the way these colors and patterns would work together. I like to find fabric at the store, touch it a lot, test the dyes,” Sandra says. “It’s the process of thinking, trying, and testing that I love.” —eleanor hooker
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