INTERWOVEN IS ART WITH HEART.
Interwoven Creative is a boutique design studio that intertwines creativity, culture and passion. Headquartered in Kansas City, the Interwoven approach is warm yet provocative, sophisticated yet fresh, and always created with love.
Designer & Founder
Design for me is about the combination of experiences, genres, pop culture, history — really everything informs and weaves together to create a final piece. The name Interwoven reflects my philosophy because I also have this other side to my design background where I create and craft clothing and products. It is through the hands-on making that I have found a greater sense of connection to the world through design.
I love sharing my experiences and passion for design with others in hopes they will be inspired to follow their true calling. It is through hearing each other’s stories that we can better understand one another. And in turn, it’s the personal connection that lets the work flourish.
“The more I veered into one world the more connection I felt between the two worlds. Graphics spilled over into my textile prints while packaging took on easily imagined 3D forms. Design thinking was what remained a constant.”
I formally began my design career studying Visual Communication: Graphic Design at the University of Kansas. While I was intrigued with the branding and packaging of products and ideas, I was also toying with ideas of the design of the product itself. This curiosity has remained a constant in my life.
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Armed with my BFA and an big aspirations I accepted my first job in the advertising industry in Kansas City, Missouri. Throughout the years, several firms, and positions as a Designer, Senior Designer, Interactive Designer and Art Director I became immersed in the design world. Outside of my day job, I also pursued my passion for a more tangible creative outlet – fashion design as well as costume design for the performing arts. This was the product I was craving to design. Through collaborations with other Kansas City artists I balanced my “wearable” with my “non-wearable” design life.
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I’ve kept my curiosity alive through education in the form of classes, workshops and travel abroad to study at the London College of Fashion. I continue to produce garments under my namesake, Sarah Nelsen, as well as accept branding and design projects through Interwoven Creative.
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Why do I do what I do? To me, it comes down to connecting with people. I find the greatest joy in helping friends and clients realize their dreams of starting their own business or bringing about change in the world through design. I have found that the personal connection in a world full of instant connectedness so valuable and cherished and I have the most success with a project when I have that strong personal connection – for then I can really step into the client’s shoes and think from their perspective. Let’s begin a new journey together!
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Sarah has received numerous design awards and accolades throughout her career from AIGA, American Advertising Federation (AAF), How, Print Magazine and been featured on design blogs such as The Dieline, Design Scene, Lovely Package, Trendhunter, Under Consideration, and Design Work Life. She has also been recognized by Kansas City as a design innovator by The Pitch and KC Magazine. Her true reward is seeing work take on a life of its own and inspiring others to follow their dreams.