Our History

Our Family

Independence Designs is a very small business located in Phoenixville, PA. Everything we make is hand made. We are not importing, buying and selling other people's goods. Everything is made in America by Susan, the owner of Independence Designs. She is a seamstress, dye artist, silk screen printer, knitter and lover of all things textiles.

Independence Designs has been in the theoretical works since 2002, and sprang to life in January of 2020. Here is a glimpse into the journey that brought Independence Designs into being. 

Owner Susan started sewing in the 1980's while in elementary school. She had sewing lessons after school several times a week and started to make most of her play clothes and all of her formal dresses. (Think puffy taffeta and fluorescent ruffles-it was the 80's after all! :)

Sewing became all things art, and as she grew older she took classes in ceramics, glass blowing, design and painting. Later, she attended Temple University's Tyler School of Art from 1997-2002. During that time, Susan explored textile installation art, silk screen printing, basketry, and many other forms of textile arts. When she graduated, she was creating and selling hand dyed, crochet silk jewelry filled with merino wool felt for dimension. See our archives (coming soon) for those very old pictures (no - they aren't available any more :) 

Post graduation, she moved to Florida and focused on silk scarves, using a shibori inspired dying technique that gives an ombre look. This is still a technique she uses today. Later, she learned to do Machine Knitting and would love to add that back to the offerings at Independence Designs when the time is right. 

After the Florida years, Susan moved to the Middle East in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, most acutely felt in Miami, where Susan worked as a fundraiser for the Frost Art Museum. In Abu Dhabi, UAE, Susan returned to her first job, teaching. There, she spent nearly 10 helping to reform girls schools. During that time, art making was not a top priority, although inspiration was around every corner. The shimmering jewels and bright fabrics of the region have left a major impact on her designs sensibilities. 

Upon return to the United States, Susan has now taken the time to translate her skills into a full time art-to-wear making as a full time endeavor. This is just the beginning of what promises to be an amazing adventure.

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To contact us, please email independencedesignspa@gmail.com, we would love to hear from you.