Lydia has enjoyed textile arts since her childhood, when she began to develop her craft by creating doll clothes and furnishings, then advanced into creating garments for herself, family and friends. She was always encouraged and challenged by her talented parents and two German “Oma’s”. They inspired a love of art & literature, fashion and the holiday tradition of advent gift-giving: whimsical nostalgia is a common thread evident in the work on display.
Lydia is a graduate of Corcoran H.S., where she designed and coordinated all costumes for several stage productions, in addition to coursework in Studio Art and Fashion Design at Central Tech. Using “up-cycled”materials such as silk neckties and felted wool sweaters is especially rewarding; Lydia produces original designs and creates garments using vintage patterns, with a focus on quality craftsmanship.
Lydia’s costumes have been featured in Syracuse Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (fairy ensemble) and Syracuse Vineyard Church’s 2013 “The Little Mermaid”. Lydia has resided in the Strathmore neighborhood since 2007.
This year, Lydia will also be featuring a range of cherry-wood wind up music boxes and other small hand-crafted wooden items made by her father, as well as silk infinity scarves, advent garlands, wreaths and daily pocket calendars, wine bottle gift bags, gift card envelopes, faux “mistletoe” ornaments, and more!
Find more pictures and contact information on Facebook here or on Instagram here. Lydia works full-time from her home studio, and specializes in sewing project consulting, custom orders, and sewing lessons “tailored” to any student’s interest and skill level.