Miami, Florida, native Dana Haim (who, no, is not the fourth Haim sister) has always been drawn to textiles, but she didn’t originally express that fondness in the most productive way: “I had this very obsessive nature of unraveling all my T-shirts and sweaters, so you’d always find my clothes with little holes in them,” she recalls. But her infatuation did lead her to study at RISD, then to work with weaving artisans in Tel Aviv, and eventually to complete a masters in textiles at Central Saint Martins in London. It was there that she picked up the thread on her cloth-creating POV: “I realized how much the digital landscape was really starting to affect everything, including the textile industry, and became more interested in handmade pieces,” she explains.
That idea—the preservation of classic craft—became the foundation of Dana’s colorful, minimal line, and she works with artisans in Guatemala and Mexico’s state of Oaxaca to hand-make her brightly striped blankets, rugs, and napkins, which she started selling in 2016. The cheerful vibe infused in everything? That could be Dana’s Sunshine State roots—or her recent move from Brooklyn to San Francisco.
Image by Vanessa Hellman