Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Redden Goods?
Hey there! I’m Katie Berman and I think it’s safe to say that I have been delving into artistic endeavors my whole life. It was in college that I discovered my love for fiber as I pursued my BFA. Once I completed my degree, I knew I wanted to keep creating and share my creations with others. I wanted others to be a part of the joy I felt through making with fiber. Redden Goods became the space for that. I had fallen in love with weaving during my time in school and miraculously found a 60″ floor loom on Craigslist when I moved to Durham. From there, I immersed myself completely in weaving and learning how to naturally dye my fibers– a skill I was not formally taught in school. I chose to produce goods for the home as I believe that home goods can be shared and enjoyed by all. Men and women, young and old alike.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I don’t have very many routines or rituals, but what I do require before getting into the studio is a full stomach, ha! Each morning before starting my work, I eat breakfast and take a few minutes to have some quiet time. Having a few moments to clear my head and have some space for reflection helps me to gather my thoughts and begin the day well. These few minutes can change the atmosphere from chaotic and stressful to joyful and fulfilling.
Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.
As of now, I think my favorite are the Deksel cloths. These pieces of cloth are designed to be versatile and can be a covering for horizontal or vertical surfaces. Place them on a table or hang them on your wall. Some of them can even be wrapped around your body if that’s what you’re into!
How do you keep your creative spark/ What keeps you fascinated?
Honestly, seeing the beautiful things people are creating on Instagram is one of my primary outlets of inspiration. It blows my mind that we now have these simple apps that connect fiber folk (or whatever folk you are) from all over the globe. People from everywhere are sharing and encouraging each other in their current endeavors, giving compliments or even advice. I love it!
Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Redden Goods in the next year.
Well, Redden Goods is really just getting off of the ground! I’ve been primarily producing goods that are used in lounging spaces, but have been thinking about producing goods for the bathroom– washcloths, bathmats, etc. We’ll see!
Where is your favorite place in Durham?
Ooof, that’s a tough one. So much of Durham has my heart! I would say that my favorite place would be the Foster, Rigsbee, Geer St block. In one small space, you have a handful of places serving great food, great drinks, and great coffee. More than likely, you’ll find me hanging out at Cocoa Cinnamon, devouring a sandwich at Kings, or grabbing a drink at Motorco, Fullsteam, or Surf Club. So many choices!