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An interview with designer Abigail Pfeffer.

An interview with designer Abigail Pfeffer.

How did you get started designing ornaments?  During my first year at Washington and Lee University, a prestigious, private liberal arts institution, I realized that I was not destined to follow the traditional road leading to a career in business or law.  I began taking classes at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and quickly rediscovered my creative personality.  I am fortunate that my family owns a business that for 20 years has sold fine European holiday decorations.  Recognizing the importance of being able to offer exclusive designs, I was asked to join the company as a designer.  I began with designs for a Twelve Days of Christmas set which ended up being the best seller for the year!  After receiving such a positive response to my designs, I came out with The Nutcracker Suite and Alice in Wonderland sets and Abigail's Collection was born!

What is your favorite part of the design process?  My favorite part is finally seeing the painted ornament for the first time.  There isn't anything that compares to the feeling I get when my pieces arrive from Poland.  A mixture of anticipation, giddiness, nervousness, and accomplishment...I feel like a kid on Christmas morning!  Each piece I design is special to me and goes through almost six months of design and production before we receive samples.  Emailed pictures don't quite do the pieces justice, so it's always an exciting time for me when that container finally arrives.

How do you come up with your designs?  I've always felt that a Christmas tree should be bright and colorful, a centerpiece for the room that it is in.  My designs come from my imagination but are influenced by the fairy tales I read as a child.  Each of my pieces has a life of it's own.  I love to use bright, unexpected colors and patterns and feel that glitter can only make an ornament that much more spectacular.  I want people who buy my pieces to feel the same way I do when I take them out of their boxies every Christmas.  Each piece is a colorful celebration of the most magical time of year and it brings me joy to see them hanging on my Christmas tree.

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