Proud Mary Textiles

June 20, 2012

I always like to hear from my friends over at Freunde von Freunden in Berlin so today when Sarah asked me if I’d like to share this story with decor8 readers I instantly checked it out and said Yes, yes, yes! It’s a portrait of textile designer Harper Poe in South Carolina who has an, “intrepid spirit and affinity for indigenous materials”, and who owns textile label Proud Mary.

Proud Mary Textiles

After Harper’s divorce after being married for 8 years, she was forced to make some changes and started to reach out for inspiration traveling as far as Central and South America along with West Africa. I love her strong will and determination to start anew! Sourcing textiles from native artisans, she frequently ventures solo to remote locations in order to connect with her suppliers, most of whom have never sold their products outside of their own village.

Proud Mary Textiles

Proud Mary Textiles

Proud Mary Textiles

Proud Mary Textiles

Proud Mary Textiles

Proud Mary Textiles

Proud Mary Textiles

Her complete profile with lots of lovely photos can be found here. Thank you Sarah from FvF for reaching out to me!

(photos: fvonf)


  • Reply caroline @trend-daily June 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    It’s fantastic to see people who turn something traumatic into such a positive move forward-very inspiring. I’m looking forward to checking her site. I also love FVF’s ethos of photographing people as they really are in their everyday environment-so styling, primping or preening for the camera-something I need to try harder at! Thank you for sharing! :-)

  • Reply Tina Ramchandani June 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Very pretty textiles. i too like her determination!

  • Reply Brooke H June 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Loving those multicolored pom poms.

  • Reply Tracy A. June 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Love the curtain fabric that looks like knitting! And the name “Harper Poe” is just splendid!

  • Reply Estee June 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Living my dream, well done Harper! and thank you for this inspirational post.

  • Reply Bonnie McCarthy June 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I love intrepid entrepreneurs!! Inspiring work from an inspiring life! We can do anything we set our hearts and minds to!!

  • Reply itziar June 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Love discovering so inspiring people

  • Reply tinajo June 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Love these pics, very inspirational! :-)

  • Reply kristin johnsen June 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for introducing us to Harper – I too love her name!!! I’m kind of a textile junkie too – so always nice to learn about someone new. thanks, Holly!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang June 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    This is absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Patti Trostle June 21, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Congrats to her! Love those curtains!

  • Reply Cyn | decyng June 21, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Really nice photos! I love the third pic.

  • Reply Amberly @ The Good Life June 22, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Wow, love her style! Reminds me of my travels and the things I brought back with me that are scattered around my apartment. Love her story too. Good call on this post! :)

  • Reply Pretty Dandy Homewares June 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I’ve come across Proud Mary textiles before and always thought they were beautiful, but didn’t know the story behind them. Now I like them even more, how inspiring!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Good Bones June 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    these textiles are stunning! will definitely be using some proud mary items with our next client!

  • Reply Regina June 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Sweet post! All the best to Harper and great luck and many more colourful finds, that the future will bring – “No hay mal que por bien no venga” (there is always something good coming from bad things)

  • Reply Katie B. of June 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    What an inspiring woman, and how brave to travel to such remote locations in pursuit of her passion for textiles! I love every one of these, and am so glad to know she’s helping expand the reach of some truly talented artisans.

  • Reply Kat June 25, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Inspiring that she has such a passion both for textiles – which are beautiful – and in helping others fairtrade their creations.
    Thanks for sharing Holly
    Kat x

  • Reply julie @ tractorgirl June 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

    yes yes! those pom poms are fabulous :D and what a fantastic journey x

  • Reply La Mode Operandi June 25, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Very cool business, I love the colours and decoration ideas!

  • Reply Jessica @shimmerkai June 26, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Inspiring story and lovely textiles!

  • Reply Louisa Blackmore June 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Wow these photos are very inspiring! It’s funny what amazing things can come out a crappy time.

  • Reply Heidi June 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Instant fan, here. Unique textiles are my thing, and I’m so glad to be introduced to Proud Mary! I agree – it is an inspiration, personally and creatively, to think about “beginning again” in such a determined and brave way. Best of luck, Harper!

  • Reply Aleya Bamdad June 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    What a great story, She picked herself up and did something inspirational. Love the curtains.

  • Reply Agnieszka July 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

    beautiul pictures, and textils:)

  • Reply Kim Spencer July 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Too Fun! And what a great business name!

  • Reply Juliane July 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    How inspiring. It’s amazing how her personal boldness emerges in her patterns. I’ve found that wall art is another great way to introduce color into a room, especially with artists like D Librach who seems to have a similar palette.

  • Reply Sarah Carter July 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Love the patterns!

  • Reply jo hamilton July 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    thanks for making me aware of Harper Poe as I’d not come across her before

  • Reply Inderjit Singh July 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Really Nice Collection

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