Travel

The Ace Campers! (Kristen - left front row)

A Creative Vacation Learning the Navajo Tapestry Weaving Technique

Georgia O’Keeffe first visited New Mexico in 1917 and said later, “From then on, I was always trying to get back there.” New Mexico can have that effect on people. The big sky, the clear air, the piñon trees dotting the landscape, it’s no wonder so many artists flock to New Mexico. And then keep returning. When Design Pool founder Kristen Dettoni needed a creative escape to unplug and be inspired, she came across an Ace Camps trip to study Navajo weaving...

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Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill
Knockando Woollen Mill

A Trip to Knockando Woolen Mill

During her recent trip to Ireland and Scotland, Design Pool founder Kristen Dettoni spent seven days in the Scottish Highlands with ACE Camps. One of those days was spent visiting the Knockando Woolmill, where Kristen was just as inspired by the history as the fabrics. Knockando derives from the Scottish Gaelic cnoc cheannachd, meaning “Hill of Commerce,” referencing the history of the mill and the hill upon which it stands. Knockando has been in continuous production since 1784 and for...

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A Creative Vacation to England, Ireland, and Scotland

About three years ago, I learned of a company called ACE Camps through a colleague. I describe it as an adult creative summer camp. It has always been a bit of struggle for me to find friends with similar vacation interests, but when I heard about ACE Camps, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and take a vacation on my own. It turns out that stepping out of my comfort zone was the best idea ever. After...

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A Creative Vacation to Lisbon Portugal

Running your own creative business can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding, and the life of an entrepreneur is never boring. But a creative business is not all drawing and drooling over color swatches. It's also sending out checks, figuring out why your website isn't updating and making sure there is toilet paper in the bathroom. It can be a challenge to switch on your creativity after an afternoon of boring bookkeeping. To keep her designs fresh and exciting, Design...

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