Colleen Ly • Cat Morley

This week I get to know my subscriber Colleen, a design student in North Carolina.



Colleen Ly is a design student living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She discovered me after one of her friends introduced her to the marbled swirled nails on Cut Out + Keep. Her parents are her heroes as they're the strongest people she's ever known. She eats Mexican, Italian & Chinese food, her favourite colours are blue and purple (like a bruise) and her favourite book is Feed by M.T. Anderson.


What did you want to be when you grew up?


When I was younger I dreamed I would be so many things.. I desperately wanted to be a pirate, or go live in the jungle, or be a ninja secret agent. My dream job today would be if I were an amazing glass artist who lived in the outskirts of Prague, CZ who could earn a living off my pieces and as a researcher at the Bee Institute that is about 40 miles north of Prague. I studied glass works for two months this past summer and fell in love with Prague and its' surrounding areas. I could sit by the river and stitch all day! It would be a dream to live the way the people I met there did.


Where should we visit if we come to your town?


If you came to visit my town, I'd take you to the Rock Quarry if you felt like splashing around in the swimming holes. Then we'd go downtown to grab some food at the Raleigh Times, which has awesome drink specials and the best chili cheese fries in town! We would probably go to Father & Son after that, since it would only be a few blocks down. It's a vintage thrift store I think you would like.


Where do you look for inspiration?


Inspiration usually comes from those around me, nature, and passing by strangers. Sometimes a nice gesture from a stranger can make your day! Being around other design students also inspire me to do better. I am surrounded by amazing artists, it's a wonderful environment to be in when I want to find inspiration. My top resources are some of my professors and fellow classmates, as well as a few blogs I follow.


"Go with that gut feeling! In the end you can never really regret what you wanted the most."



What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?


Go with that gut feeling! In the end you can never really regret what you wanted the most.


What would your three wishes be?


  • I wish I had a huge studio, on a boat.
  • I wish I had a magical sewing machine that didnt annoy me.
  • I wish I had a million more wishes!


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