Maker Monday: Sandra Jordan

Like the alpaca fur she sources for her custom textiles, Sandra Jordan’s journey began in Peru. From there, she went on to travel the globe, gaining a worldly view of design and art from a young age. For over a decade, Jordan worked a Creative Director for her family’ Sonoma County winery and became infatuated with the color and texture of California during harvest. Now, this Maker is a leading lady in the alpaca textile industry, weaving unbelievably soft fabrics that can be used for everything from duvets to drapes. This week, we get to know the alpaca aficionado a bit better. Modern form and alpaca-soft function meet in these enviable chairs featuring Jordan’s “Mushroom” design.

Andrew Joseph – What are three things you can’t live without?
Sandra Jordan – South Sea Pearls, Classical music and Tsar Nicolai Caviar, Golden Reserve
I love South Sea pearls because they are generally larger than other pearl types and have a unique luster quality-a soft reflection due to the aragonite platelets that make up the pearl. They also have the thickest average nacre of all cultured pearls. They are found in colors ranging from optic white to a deep honey gold. Pearls are my absolute favorite jewels.
I love listening to classical music and also enjoy hosting musical events in my music barn. I also serve on two music boards. Classical music, for me, has a powerful link to my emotions. Listening to classical music has a tremendously relaxing effect on my mind and body.
Tsar Nicoulai pays special attention to small producers who believe in sustainable stewardship. 
They farm small batch of premium caviar. The Golden Reserve is my go-to caviar.

Andrew – What’s one ingredient you put in everything?
Sandra – 
Passion and a collection of salts from around the world.
Ever since I read Salt, A World History by Mark Kurlansky I have been fascinated by its history. The word “salary” was derived from the word “salt”. Salt was highly prized and was used as a method of trade and currency. When I entertain I always have a selection of many different salts at the table. The flavors and colors are as beautiful as pearls. Of course, life with passion is divine when you injected with many pinches of salt. Alpaca-woven textiles, such as these bed drapes, are stunningly soft and graceful uses for Jordan’s fabrics.

Andrew – Favorite App?
Sandra – I could not read without the Dictionary App and the translate App.
I love reading and listening to music with my favorite apps. My Dictionary and Translation apps. enhance the experience.

Andrew – Must have clothing item everyone should have?
Sandra – 
Everyone should have a closet full of Alpaca vests in all colors. Vests are a very important part of my wardrobe and because my Prima Alpaca textiles come in many different colors textiles I am able to dress up any outfit.

Andrew – A book that everyone should read?
Sandra – 
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It is a wonderful novella that is a great read for children or adults.

Andrew – Song you can listen to on a repeat?
Sandra – 
“Perhaps Love”, John Denver and Placido Domingo. The lyrics are divine.Upholstered and upgraded, these alpaca recliners are the definition of “best seats in the house.”

About Sandra Jordan | Born in Peru, Sandra was exposed to many traditional artisan crafts during her childhood. She remembers going to the market with her aunts to select the cotton for her dresses and then choosing the design and colors of the hand embroidery for each dress. That was the beginning of Sandra’s lifelong passion for time-honored art forms and for the incredible diversity of products born from long-standing traditions.

From 1993 until 2007 Sandra Jordan served as Creative Director at Jordan Winery. During her time at Jordan Winery that Sandra was inspired to design luxury products that created jobs in her native Peru. In 2006 she launched Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca, an extensive line of luxury textiles for the design trade. Originally inspired by the colors of the harvest in the California wine country, Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca is now represented in design showrooms in the US, Europe, and around the world.

About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.

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