29: Dana Haim


In this episode, I talk to artist and textile designer Dana Haim about the magic of nature, losing our sense of time, remembering to be grateful, getting into an exercise groove, and the joy of making pom poms!

Dana’s mission is to spark joy through the creation of ethical, hand-made goods. She achieves this and then some through her instructional workshops across the U.S. and strategic partnerships with local organizations in Mexico and Colombia (where her family is from), which allow her to weave social and environmental consciousness into her craft.

“I feel most true to myself, and my inner child feels most alive, when I’m outside, surrounded by nature’s beauty.”

—Dana Haim

Dana received her BA in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her MA in design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins in London.

You can learn more about her social good projects, whimsical wallpapers and one-of-a-kind hanging sculptures at Dana Haim HQ.

quilt, small version-700

Photos: Dana portrait. Multi-color Pom Pom Mobile. Martin Cole Memorial Quilt. Surreally Dreaming Deer Antler Mobile. All courtesy Dana Haim.

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Pom Pom Play Girl (Session Highlights) [Instrumental Mix With Backing Vocals] – The Beach Boys
Shake It Like a Pom Pom – Missy Elliot
Pom Pom – Mozart La Para
I Slept With Bonhomme At The CBC
Pom Pom – Matthew Dear
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure, by James Redfield
The Wes Anderson Collection, by Matt Zoller Seitz

Watch List
Wes Anderson: The Criterion Collection