daniela June 18 2012, 12 Comments

or as I like to call her, "Tang" (short for her website name tangerinesamurai.com )

I "met" Daniela on flickr in 2009 while I was still living in Ohio.  I believe it was these photos that drew me in.

Who wouldn't be drawn to that beauty of a fabric!  After I moved to Oregon I was teaching private sewing lessons and during one of my lessons I kept talking about "Tangerine Samurai" and how enamored I was with her work.  I knew she lived in Portland but I hadn't had the chance to connect with her.  One of the gals I was teaching happened to know her and secretly surprised me by having her come to her home during one of the lessons.  She introduced herself as "Daniela" and I just kind of stood there for a second and then she said "Tangerine Samurai" and let out a tiny scream and jumped for joy, I was a little star struck.

Luckily for me, we became and stayed friends.

Her work as a designer is a true gift for us all. In the 90's she worked as a Designer in the Global Sport Apparel Industry.  Throughout those years, she held leadership positions at Adidas, Nike and Columbia Sportswear.  She created financially successful performance apparel designs that you may actually have hanging in your closet.  She has her own design company The Gestalter.  She had her own successful yoga line called "Seek" and currently freelance designs for the company RYU.  She is also a wife, mother, knitter, quilter and fabric designer!  She designed 90% of the fabrics used in the Sewing For Boys book and a few projects for Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal.    My goodness woman!

I'm writing about Daniela today because she is first, a wonderful human being, soft spoken, honest and patient.  I was floored when she said she would like to work with me and I jumped at the chance to have her as a partner.  She is an amazing co-owner & partner.  I feel very blessed to know her and work with her.

Since I've been around longer and my name is attached to Figgy's I get a lot of credit for what should be hers.  When we talk about credit she simply says that it's not her or me it's Figgy's as a team.  I would call that selfless on her part for sure.  75% of the time it will be me you'll see hanging around the Internets and answering emails because I love to do that, but please remember Figgy's is a team of two.

Thank you Daniela for being you and teaming up with me.  Figgy's is evolving into the wonderful small business that it is today because of you.

Happy Sewing-  Shelly