Before she started her own line of handmade rugs and pillows, Katherine Entis wanted to be an illustrator and painter like her mother. But the senior textile show she attended her freshman year at the Rhode Island School of Design changed that, she explains: “I saw what you could do with textiles, and I was blown away.” Katherine immediately tacked the major onto to her degree and jumped right into learning everything from the basics of knitting to the ins and outs of industrial weaving and yarn-dyeing.
After graduating, Katherine moved across the country to Portland, Oregon, and worked as a color designer for Columbia and Nike, developing cutting-edge palettes for their apparel lines. The whole while, knitting, weaving, and painting were still in heavy rotation when she wasn’t on the clock. She found that balancing all these mediums is how she works best. “I could get more inspired and get more ideas because I could be thinking about the same idea three different ways,” she says. A gallery show featuring her knitted paintings gained some serious traction, and that spurred Katherine to leave the corporate world and start Soft Century in 2017. Now, she spends her days dreaming up pillows, rugs, hangings, and throws in pop colors and rich textures—so pretty much exactly what she pictured as a kid, but with different materials.