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Proud Mary Textiles

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

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

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Proud Mary


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

(photos: fvonf)

Posted by decor8 in Objects on June 20, 2012

Your comments...

  1. caroline @trend-daily commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 1:08pm

    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! :-)
    caroline @trend-daily´s last blog post ..Styling Details

  2. Tina Ramchandani commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 1:20pm

    Very pretty textiles. i too like her determination!

  3. Brooke H commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 1:36pm

    Loving those multicolored pom poms.
    Brooke H´s last blog post ..2012 Olympic Uniform Designs

  4. Tracy A. commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 2:34pm

    Love the curtain fabric that looks like knitting! And the name “Harper Poe” is just splendid!
    Tracy A.´s last blog post .."One dip in the ocean – and seawater, from still wet hands and knees, seeps into the pages." ~ Editorial, The New York Times

  5. Estee commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 5:44pm

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

  6. Bonnie McCarthy commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 7:35pm

    I love intrepid entrepreneurs!! Inspiring work from an inspiring life! We can do anything we set our hearts and minds to!!
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  7. itziar commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 8:43pm

    Love discovering so inspiring people

  8. tinajo commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 8:44pm

    Love these pics, very inspirational! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Raspberries has arrived!

  9. kristin johnsen commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 10:01pm

    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!
    kristin johnsen´s last blog post ..Struggling with something new

  10. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    June 20th, 2012 at 11:38pm

    This is absolutely stunning!
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Rivers in the Desert…

  11. Patti Trostle commented
    June 21st, 2012 at 12:26am

    Congrats to her! Love those curtains!

  12. Cyn | decyng commented
    June 21st, 2012 at 2:03am

    Really nice photos! I love the third pic.
    Cyn | decyng´s last blog post ..Parole, parole, parole…

  13. Amberly @ The Good Life commented
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:09am

    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! :)
    Amberly @ The Good Life´s last blog post ..awesome art on the CHEAP

  14. Pretty Dandy Homewares commented
    June 22nd, 2012 at 1:49pm

    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!

  15. Good Bones commented
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:11pm

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

  16. Regina commented
    June 22nd, 2012 at 6:53pm

    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)
    Regina´s last blog post ..Stag Bowl "Ludwig"

  17. Katie B. of commented
    June 22nd, 2012 at 8:14pm

    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.

  18. Kat commented
    June 25th, 2012 at 12:21am

    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
    Kat´s last blog post ..Enchanted wood – only kindness matters

  19. julie @ tractorgirl commented
    June 25th, 2012 at 2:50am

    yes yes! those pom poms are fabulous :D and what a fantastic journey x
    julie @ tractorgirl´s last blog post ..The crafted object : Kari Lonning – basketry

  20. La Mode Operandi commented
    June 25th, 2012 at 4:54am

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

  21. Jessica @shimmerkai commented
    June 26th, 2012 at 6:32am

    Inspiring story and lovely textiles!
    Jessica @shimmerkai´s last blog post ..Shop Love | Seven9

  22. Louisa Blackmore commented
    June 26th, 2012 at 4:15pm

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

  23. Heidi commented
    June 27th, 2012 at 5:21pm

    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!

  24. Aleya Bamdad commented
    June 29th, 2012 at 8:48pm

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

  25. Agnieszka commented
    July 1st, 2012 at 10:11am

    beautiul pictures, and textils:)

  26. Kim Spencer commented
    July 3rd, 2012 at 6:43pm

    Too Fun! And what a great business name!

  27. Juliane commented
    July 3rd, 2012 at 7:34pm

    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.

  28. Sarah Carter commented
    July 6th, 2012 at 1:54pm

    Love the patterns!

  29. jo hamilton commented
    July 6th, 2012 at 2:59pm

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

  30. Inderjit Singh commented
    July 9th, 2012 at 6:16pm

    Really Nice Collection
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