Michelle Nussbaumer, author of Wanderlust, wears her love for travel on her sleeve, quite literally, as she is often adorned in festive fashion from a far away place or past decade. Michelle infuses her adventurous spirit in every textile she designs and every item up for discovery at her shop, Ceylon et Cie.
Below, you can learn a bit more about her WANDERLUST ways.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD THE BUG?
My mother always said I was born under a wandering star.. When I was a little girl my dream was to move to Africa and live in a tree house like Tarzan. It hasn’t changed much.
WHAT’S THE PLACE YOU KEEP GOING BACK TO AND WHY?
Mexico. India. Morocco. All three of these destinations offer incredible inspiration to me. The cultures and people are strangely similar. They all love color, they all make beautiful and amazing handy crafts, and they all have arid climates that I feel drawn to. I love people from a desert culture and I seem to feel it is because the landscape is so neutra, there is an explosion of color in their native costumes and lives.
WHAT ARE SOME LOCAL CRAFTS THAT YOU HAVE FALLEN FOR?
I work closely with people in Mexico, India, Turkey, Morocco, and Africa, recreating textiles, embroideries, and pottery. My passion ( and a great excuse to travel) is working with indigenous people and helping them modernize their ancient handcraft techniques. Much of my book, Wanderlust, incorporated these relationships.
HOW HAS THE IPHONE CHANGED YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
It is a great travel log and modern day travel journal. I use mine to document all of my trips, snap pictures of inspiration and future design ideas
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO NEXT?
I would love to spend more time exploring Southeast Asia. It is a place that I have seen very little of and I hope I can go there in the next few years.