Biography

With this brief history of my life, I hope to help you understand my design work more fully. I include this picture of my ‘trunk’ for my first ‘Trunk Show’ to show that we may have started off small, but have never lost our sense of elegance or fun.

  • Born in Livorno, Italy of American parents
  • As a child, traveled widely with my military family, living in Japan, some of the United States and the Caribbean
  • Graduated from Antilles High School in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Attended the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a fine arts major
  • Attended Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville, Florida as an art history major
  • Attended the Maryland institute College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland,as a painting/drawing major
  • Attended the Rietveld Academie, in the Netherlands, as a foreign student studying weaving with Herman Scholten.
  • Married Stephen Lewis Zimmer in Schmallenberg, Germany
  • Moved to a farm in Little Compton, Rhode Island
  • Gave birth to a son, Auryn Leif Zimmer and later a daughter, Camilla Deborah Rose Zimmer
  • Started Seaweave, a commission-based weaving business, making wool/&/or cotton blankets and rugs
  • Illustrated a children’s book written by Carole Addabbo called Dina the Deaf Dinosaur, published by Hannacroix Creek
    Books
  • Started work on illustrations for a book called The Tree and the Moon, which is the beginning of my continuing love
    affair with cut out paper
  • Moved to Santa Rosa, California
  • Worked in sales for Wolford and Co in Montgomery Village, Santa Rose, California
  • Worked as a decorative painter for Bob Fox and Larry Ballard
  • Earned my California Contractors License for painting and decorating
  • Started Faux Made Real, a decorative painting company with three other painters, as the license holder
  • Accepted to an Open Studio Tour, Artrails, in Sonoma County, California, as a paper artist
  • Started studying Photoshop in the computer and created my current business, Green Lotus Fabric Design