Wallis Suda

Textile Designer
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I am a textile designer with a focus in surface treatments, which means developing original artwork and fabric embellishments (i.e. prints, embroideries, bonding of fabrics) for apparel and home collections. Currently, I am designing home bedding and all other soft products for a large fashion brand. I love what I do because I’m always keeping in mind the notion of how a fabric feels and looks and how that can stimulate us emotionally, even though it is pure decoration as well.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
Resourcefulness, honesty and adaptability are probably the most important lessons learned in my lifetime thus far in both a personal and work context. Being resourceful I learned my first year of college, having limited funds to spend on materials and supplies helped me to stretch my mind creatively to find design solutions and experiment. Honesty is self-explanatory as it always gets one further in life. Speaking of honesty, I recently watched the Daft Punk Unchained documentary and was so inspired. Guy-Manuel and Thomas of the band are so smart, honest, and intentional with the music that they create and how they put it out that they’ve kept all their integrity as artists and people. There was a simple honesty about the style in which they did that, which I envy as a creative person who may want to start my own brand. Adaptability I learned with consulting for so many different brands and personalities that I feel like I can deal with any situation or person who may come my way in life.
How do you measure success at work? In life?
The measure of success I have yet to find the exact equation for. However, I think it will truly be met when I am painting, making enough money to live in comfort, nicely balanced with personal goals of having a family and traveling as much or as little as I want.
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
If there is anything I could contribute to the world, I would hope it would be to influence modernity in the way people live. I want to help change the way people live by surrounding themselves with product and art that makes their heart beat in a way that is exciting, surprising and comforting to the senses, while being sophisticated and relaxed.