(Marian) Mimi Damrauer is an award winning Scottsdale-based textile artist. Mimi uses her hand-dyed cotton fabrics along with exotic textiles purchased on her world travels to create contemporary, graphic, one-of-a-kind artworks for wall decor. All designs are hand-cut for an organic feel and her newest collections are mainly hand-stitched based on inspiration from trips to Asia. Mimi creates customized bodies of work for corporate and residential interiors. A collaboration with retailer Crate and Barrel resulted in the fall 2008 debut of the best selling "Sebastian" rug at Crate and Barrel retail stores nationwide and internationally via the Crate and Barrel website.
Growing up with a very creative mother and sisters meant that art and cooking projects were a constant in our warm home. When I declared, at 9 years old, that I wanted to learn to sew, my mom promptly sent me to the Singer sewing shop at the mall. One bungled tennis dress later, the foundation of my self-taught style and business was laid out. The next layer would be added that same year, when I took art lessons at the Toledo Museum of Art where I learned my primary and secondary colors. The inklings of a business was planted! That has lead to my whimsical style of hand-cut, wobbly designs, imperfect hand-stitching, and the use of my own richly saturated hand-dyed fabrics.
I have been collecting exotic fabrics forever. Many are purchased on my world travels and some are found through other travelers that I meet. I collect them because I get personal joy out of them and know that, eventually, I will cut them up and incorporate them into my work so that I can share my treasures with my customers.
I am inspired always by looking around me...the sidewalk cracks, the way old bricks lay out, the crooked lines of a telephone pole in rural India, the color of the ocean in Costa Rica, and the stones on a beach in Italy.