MORE Q&A with Teresa Collins and our fave products!
Did you see the first part of our Q&A post here? In addition to those questions, we also asked Teresa about the process of creating these fabulous products...read on below for some great insight into the design process.
Here are some of the Teresa Collins Collections we are carrying in the shop right now..
How often do you produce a new release and what’s coming up that we should
be excited about?
This is a continual daily thing for me. We have two tradeshows a year and I
do two mid-releases each year as well. So it never stops! I am so excited to
debut three big collections in July at CHA S. I am so in love with the all of
them. I have a new Christmas collection, a VINTAGE inspired line and a
"JOURNALING" collection that was inspired from my TC idea book which I expressed
and encouraged others to "Tell Your Story."
Please explain the style of TCD?
Timeless, Sophisticated and classic in nature. I am known for my
journaling elements and mixing in home decor elements within my
How do you get your creative juices flowing. What inspires you?
I am so inspired by shopping and clothing. I travel quite a bit and this
always inspires me for upcoming lines. I went to Portugal two weeks ago and came
home "inspired." I love magazines and love wedding, and style magazines. Of
course, I love my home decor magazines. I designed World Traveler right after I
got home from teaching in France.
Please describe the process from design concept through to product
1. LOTS OF THINKING... ha! What theme or look (trend) I am wanting to do. I
keep a notebook in my purse and I'm always sketching and writing down
inspiration. I keep a small camera in my purse
as well. Once I know the direction - then things speed up. It's knowing the
direction that I am always thinking about and making sure it's the way to
2. COLOR... what colors will work well for the time/season, etc. Colors can
make or break a line. I know my customer base and I try to maintain who I am in
my style and what I will bring to the market.
3. Design my papers first- 18 patterns in a collection (24 for paper
4. Design all the embellishments. Create a well rounded line! This is the
easiest part for me. I love EMBELLISHMENTS! I create as if I am doing layouts
and a mini book and what I would want to use or say.
5. Send all artwork to be sourced. Design deadlines are about 4 months
(minimum) before they are released.
6. Print out papers- do mock ups projects...
What’s your personal all-time favourite TCD range and
Oh, that is like asking what is my favorite child. I have five children by
birth and two step sons. A few of my ALL TIME favorites- World Traveler,
Everyday Moments, Haunted Hallows, POSH... and the new ones are truly right up
there with these. I know I'm missing some!!!!
Thank you so
much Teresa - it has been wonderful to read more about you and how you
create your wonderful product lines. See our Teresa Collins products in
the store here.