I opened Textiles & Interiors in 2001 to offer custom designed textile furnishings to private clients and public institutions. As owner, I draw on my wide experience with textiles - as a seamstress, fiber artist, designer, and historian. Working successfully with textiles requires an understanding of fibers, yarns and weave structures and how their compositions and characteristics dictate the appearance and behavior of the finished cloth. Much of my knowledge of fibers and textiles comes first from my experience designing and sewing clothing, weaving cloth, working as a fiber artist, and studying antique textiles.

My love of art, design and history led me to study decorative arts, architecture and interior design while pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Art History and Museum Studies and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in American Social History and Textiles. I developed my connoisseurship and curatorial skills during my many years working as a curator and textile specialist at Shelburne Museum in Vermont, researching, interpreting, and designing exhibits and historic interiors, teaching, and writing articles and books on historic quilts, textiles, and related topics. Working at the Shelburne Museum with furnished historic houses and researching the types of textiles used in the home helped develop my interest in designing and producing textile furnishings.

As a fiber artist, my artistic inspiration and creative energy over the years have led me to explore sewing, weaving, knitting, theorem painting and embroidery. I currently focus my creative energy on designing and hooking rugs and accessories. The inspirations for my designs are based on motifs and images found in historic sources, such as textiles, ceramics, decorative painting and architecture.

Thank you for visiting my site. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss your project. I look forward to working with you to bring your ideas to life. 

~ Celia Y. Oliver


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Celia Y. Oliver• Shelburne, Vermont •info@celiayoliver.com