If you haven’t heard yet The Table at Brandywine is BACK! We are kicking off the end of our hiatus with a Garden Brunch at Point Lookout Farm on July 12th. There will be culinary delights by Chef Mike Lipson and we will also be showcasing artist Haley Harmon.
Recently, we had the chance to interview Haley and here is what she had to say…
First I must start off by saying how excited we are to be working with you on our comeback event! We would love give our readers a peak in to your background. Let’s start off with the basics. Where are you from?
Haley: I grew up in the little historic beach town of Lewes, Delaware. My Mom and I lived in an old creaky Victorian house furnished with yard sale and auction finds which has shaped my love for objects with a history. I attended the University of Delaware’s Visual Communications program where I studied Graphic Design and American Material Culture Studies.
I love Lewes! It’s a great little town. I have lived in Delaware my whole life and just visited there for the first time about two years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the place! It is full of artistic individuals so it makes sense that you would come to be artistic yourself.
What made you want to get into design?
Haley: I have always enjoyed making things and I grew up with my Mom and Aunts quilting, collecting, and making. There were always cute independent shops in Lewes and Rehoboth that I would wander around and soak in, and Saturday treasure hunting at yard sales with my Mom. We also never had much money so if I wanted something I had to find it second hand or make it myself. Part of my fascination with design came from necessity.
Let’s dive in to your career. Through a little research I found that you worked at Urban Outfitters for a quite a few years. Can you tell us how your job started and evolved while you were there?
Haley: After school I knew that I was not interested in traditional graphic design, I really wanted to design products that people could enjoy in their daily lives. I interned at a textile design studio in Philadelphia and through that connection landed my dream job designing home products for Urban Outfitters. I worked with a small team of designers where we got to try our hand at designing everything from textiles to jewelry stands to novelty products. My time at Urban was a great learning experience where we had a lot of freedom and got to create a ton of products. After 6 years it felt like it was time for something new and in August of 2013 I left to pursue freelance work.
How did you make the decision to switch to Freelance work?
Your blog, We Made It Home, is fantastic! What made you decide to write about your husband and yourself getting out of debt and what is it that you hope to convey through your blog?
Haley: My transition to freelance was a long one. My husband Jason and I really value our time and freedom. We envisioned a life together where we could spend time on the kinds of projects that interested us and also had time to spend with our family and friends. So we decided to work together to accomplish that goal. We decided that the best possible way to get to the life that we wanted was to make our lives as simple as possible. We spent 3 and a half years paying off all of our debts including our house to minimize our expenses and to be able to live on one income.
Once we accomplished that I was able to leave my job. I am very fortunate in that I had the chance to make strong connections and friendships with a lot of people in the URBN community and most of my freelance work is through those connections. I have had the chance to work on some really fun projects ranging from quirky illustrations to designing stuffed animals, and I have time to work on my own personal projects, which has connected me to more makers in the Philadelphia area.
We decided to share our story of becoming debt free on the blog to inspire people who might be interested in the same thing but aren’t sure if it’s possible or where to start. We wanted to encourage people to simplify their lives, pursue work that matters, and to make more time for community.
We look forward to seeing you!