Mia grew up in the mid-west and the Rocky Mountains. It was in the mid-west where her father owned and operated a woolen mill. The mill was a multi-generational business, which was in operation for 100 years, closing in 1968. The image of her mother getting dressed in clothing made from fabric that her father had produced had a profound impact on Mia. She began making her own clothing from a very early age. The process of designing and making clothing has been a life-long pursuit of Mia’s.
Her work would best be described as functional, stylish, and modern with architectural shapes used to compliment the female body’s form. The forms are body conscious and yet easily worn by women with different body types. The question being asked with each design is how this form will function for the woman wearing it.
There is a utilitarian quality to her clothing. The materials used are a combination of natural and manmade fibers. The manmade fibers Mia seeks have a textural quality whose elements often reflect a modern perspective. Her inspiration often begins with the love of a particular fabric. She finds that in combining fabrics in a dynamically creative way, a conversation begins to tell a story and from there the process evolves
The clothing is designed and manufactured on Beacon Hill in Seattle, making it a truly local operation. Mia has recently opened a new studio/store front at 3320 Beacon Ave. S in Seattle.
Staying true to the initial ideal, that is, honoring heritage yet remaining relevant to the times, inspires Mia.