Designer, Mother & Model
Concept, interview & photography by Florence Montmar
FM: How is life on this island?
WF: It's great I feel like I am on vacation every day. I lived in New York City for 18 years. My expectations were low coming here, because I didn't want to leave New York. Now I don't understand what took me so long and what was keeping me in New York. I am more of a country girl than I thought.
FM: You were a fashion designer…
WF: Yes. Me and my husband Billy were working as pattern makers, for over 15 years. We designed for several design houses and celebrities.
FM: I remember this beautiful collection you made with origami silk...
WF: Yeah, that was fun! It was an experiment to see how you could manipulate the origami shapes to make a pattern pieces. We would start by making the origami shapes first and then applying it. We folded paper in various shapes to see if it would work as a sleeve, a pocket or whatever. It was very much like play.
FM: And now?
WF: I don't really care about fashion anymore. It just doesn't mean anything to me. I don't read fashion magazines. Instead, I am more concerned with interiors and my garden. I want to get chickens and llamas and maybe a pig. Right now I am working on my rock garden. Maybe next year I will make a survivalist bunker.
FM: What do you appreciate as a mother?
WF: I appreciate that I can spend a lot of time with my kids. As a mother, you get to re-live your own childhood.
FM: What is your greatest accomplishment?
WF: My family.
FM: You were a model for a while, how was that experience for you?
WF: It was fun. I was with the same agency the entire time. As I got older the work moved into more commercial stuff and go-sees.
FM: What was your experience for this shoot?
WF: It was really fun. The kids were not cooperating. It was in January and we were wearing spring clothing. It gets very windy on the island.