Hi and welcome to my world! This is me, Cinne, the creator of C.Banning Accessories. I am a multi-disciplinary designer living on the industrial waterfront of a vibrant neighborhood in San Francisco, called Dogpatch, where I split time between my graphic design business and Etsy shop, CinneWorthington.
When and why did you open an online shop on Etsy?
In the Fall of 2012 after a local success, I made the leap to open my collection to the world. Being a part of this marketplace and participating in the Etsy community has been so much fun. It’s exciting knowing that women are wearing my accessories across the globe.
What got you started in your craft?
Creativity is the norm in my family. Doing anything that does not involve using artistic ability is just not an option. Having dreamed of working for Marimekko, I majored in textile design. Later during my studies, I fell in love with typography and conceptual design. This eventually lead me to a career in graphic design, a field that allows me to collaborate with entrepreneurs and explore a variety of disciplines.
What inspires you, how do you get into your creative space?
Color fuels all! My work space has always been a more-is-more environment! It is a life-size Pinterest board buzzing with color, graphics, and art. It’s my central source of inspiration. I keep it very organized in order to accommodate the variety of concurrent projects.
Day to day stimulus comes from rummaging through fabric or collection drawers, as well as Pinterest-ing, Tumblr-ing, or flipping through interior design magazines. I also love cruising the city streets (by foot) and markets (flea and farmer’s) locally and abroad.
With the creatives in my family, there is an ongoing exchange of ideas. My favorite break from work is to visit my mother and share stories while we enjoy her beautiful garden.
Who or what influences your style the most?
Mostly artists and fashion designers. Some of my favorites: Henri Matisse, David Hockney, Luc Tuymans, Maira Kalman, Rex Ray, Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marni, Miu Miu
Anything else you want to share about your process?
I would like to share my recently launched necklaces. Conceived from the desire to design a unique accessory that mixes patterns as I do with my scarves. I am so excited about the outcome and I loved the entire process of creating them.