Crystal developed a love for fashion and textiles while treasure hunting at yard sales with her grandma to find printed fabrics or silhouettes she could tailor to her own style. She further developed her skills studying textile design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she first learned about sustainable textiles and digital printing.
Following completion of her degree from RISD, she built a successful career as an in-house designer for fashion, home décor, and stationery products, creating designs for household names such as T.J. Maxx, Target, Marshalls, and Hallmark. Her 15+ years designing for these brands allowed her to learn the business of national retailers, sales trends, and how to create designs that sell.
In 2015, Crystal had the opportunity to start her own brand, and Crystal W Design was born. From the beginning, her business grew, from enthusiasts to licensing partners. Crystal is thankful that her artwork brings joy and opportunity to so many businesses and individuals. Whether her designs are on a fabric DIY project or in a national retailer, she loves seeing where her designs come to life.
A New England native, Crystal enjoys working from her home office in California with her husband, two cats, Franky and Baker, and their Siberian Husky, Max. Crystal finds daily inspiration in the flora and fauna of the mountains, the ocean, and in building a community of creative entrepreneurs.