Docey Lewis has worked for 40 years in over 45 countries as a designer and sourcing consultant for commercial companies, governments and international development organizations. She began her career in San Francisco as a weaver and yarn designer, developing fabrics for fashion and interiors.
In the 1980s Lewis founded IMA Designs, a weaving factory and commercial design studio in the Philippines with a focus on fashion, interiors and natural fiber wall coverings. IMA expanded into gift and homewares when it opened a boutique at the Hyatt Hotel Baguio. Clients have included Christian Dior, Oleg Cassini, Silk Dynasty, Cowtan & Tout, Larsen, Maya Romanoff, 3form, Donghia, Weitzner, Neiman-Marcus, Gump’s, Horchow, Sundance catalog and the fair-trade organization, SERRV International.
In 2000, Lewis and colleague Rochelle Beck won the World Bank's Development Marketplace competition ($250,000 cash award) for creating and implementing the Artisan Enterprise Network. Now based in New Harmony, Indiana, Lewis and her son, Owen, operate a studio, DESIGN BANK 505, and are advisors to a weaving and papermaking factory in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Lewis is the chief design consultant for 3form, Inc’s Full Circle product line. She has been a senior consultant to Aid to Artisans (ATA) since 1988, most recently working on organic cotton in Senegal and loom weaving in Mexico, and has served on ATA’s board, as well as on the boards of the Full Circle Foundation, Vital Edge Aid, the HandEye Fund (HEF) and the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation (RLBF). She chairs both HEF’s Artisan Small Grants Committee and the RLBF Grants program.
Lewis established ATA’s Artisan Health and Safety initiative, funded by the eBay Foundation, and is also a founder of Handmade Water (Guthi Nepal), a project to clean up dye effluent created by village dyers. She is actively involved with community development in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal in projects that include organic agriculture, artisanal cheese, a papermaking studio, weaving workshop, monastery restoration, education program and a Himalayan bed and breakfast. Her work with conservation organization CPALI for the past three years has resulted in a collaboration with artisans in Madagascar to produce unique wild silk cocoon artwork most recently featured at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen.
Friday, October 4 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art
506 Main St, New Harmony, IN 47631