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Annie Waterman

Boulder, Co, United States

Designer (Textile Design)

Member since November 08, 2010

  • annie O. boutique, "passion into progress"

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design


    Annie O. Waterman grew up in Northern California, about an hour north of San Francisco. She was always drawn to textiles, which likely stemmed from her mother’s love for fabrics and interior design. Her father is an architect with an incredible eye for detail which clearly influenced her appreciation for technique and her obvious sense of artistic proportion.

    From an early age, Waterman and her family traveled often, exposing her to different cultures and affording her a unique perspective of the world. While traveling, she was particularly drawn to traditional artisan work as a way to connect with people and this resulted in the formation of some remarkable relationships. Waterman later studied photography and ethnic studies, but over the years, she found herself connected to design for social change. “It just made sense and it was a way to merge all of my passions,” Waterman says.

    In 2007, Annie traveled to Peru with vague ideas of starting a business. Nothing was concrete until she crossed paths with an incredible women-run cooperative in Central Peru. The group is made up of about 80 women who are living in impoverished conditions and have been victims of domestic violence. After meeting these women, her direction became clear and she began to seriously plan her business. There was never a question as to whether she would run her business in an ethical manner. Waterman says she has to believe 100% in what she does and this was the only way. Two years ago, she offi...

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design