INTERVIEW: BONNIE HUSSEY OF FUSSY HUSSEY

By Ivan Padilla and Conor Riley

As we welcome her hand-dyed wool blankets – made in Los Angeles – to the site for the SS17 season, we got the chance to speak with Fussy Hussey designer Bonnie Hussey about her creative process, favorite Silverlake spots and what she’s most looking forward to about the Spring/Summer season.

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OAK: How did you get your start in DIY?
Both of my parents instilled in me the skepticism and ability to look at something and analyze how its made, with the thought that some point the thing was made by hand by someone. This took shape at age 4 with helping my dad build an addition on the garage that became my “playhouse” or inventing a circus arena for my dolls because I was excited about those ladies that twirl by their hair. Most of my time was spent painting and experimenting with vintage fabric from my grandmothers.

OAK: What are three things people should know about Fussy Hussey?
BONNIE HUSSEY: I like to get my hands dirty. I’m addicted to coffee, avocados, and Kung Fu movies and I try to make or evolve products to be eco-friendly.

OAK: Favorite places to frequent in Silverlake?
BH: Daw Yee Myanmar Corner, Black Cat Tavern and Secret Headquarters.

OAK: When it’s time to get to work, what’s on your music playlist?
BH: A good playlist that hops through genres. I’ve got a soft spot for sludgy metal, acid surf rock and funk.

OAK: Where do you go when it’s time to decompress?
BH: Camping

OAK: Any advice for other makers who are just starting out?
BH: Get excited and make something that resonates with you, take it out for a spin (craft shows are good) and then sit back and make a plan for your business.

OAK: What are you most looking forward to about Spring/Summer 2017?
BH: Launching my linen bedding line!

OAK: What is something you haven’t done yet that you would like to try – whether with your work, or in life?
BH: With Fussy Hussey, I’d really like to get into creating a lounge wear/PJ line. In life, I’d like to try tamale making or learn to play the drums

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