One of the Babes: Drea Peters

Photo by Chelsea Francis

Photo by Chelsea Francis

Meet Drea Peters, an Austinite who uses her passion for weaving as a mediation practice.  Learn about her creative processes and take a look at her beautiful pieces below. 

Q: What inspired you to start working in this industry? Did you have any role models or learn from someone, in particular?

A: I started weaving as a way to cultivate a moving mediation practice.  The repetitive movement helps me to get quiet and focus.  It also functions as creative outlet that was not related to, but inadvertently supported my work. This creative mediation has proven an invaluable part of my daily routine.

Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passions, in general?

A: Never try to to suppress your passions. embrace them & nurture them. They will find a way regardless, so it is best for everyone if you go along for the ride.

Photo by Drea Peters

Photo by Drea Peters

Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity?

A: The serendipitous moments that happen while I am in the stream of my creative passions are my favorite. They are not in my control or by my design—they open doors I never would have imagined. They serve as important reminders that I am on the right path and help me keep moving forward during the trying times.

Q: What have been your most challenging moments in your career, thus far?

A: Fear can be a debilitating force. It stifles creativity and kills the spirit that makes us unique. Leaving NYC (the only place I have ever lived) and my entire family behind (we are SUPER close) were career and lifestyle choices that are blessings and challenges almost simultaneously.

Photo by Drea Peters

Photo by Drea Peters

Q: What's your day job (if this business isn't your day job)?

A: I am a self-employed interior designer.  I also run a non-profit animal rescue that I founded 7 years ago.

Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?

A: When I am discouraged I know I have to run away from my own mind. In those moments, it doesn’t serve me. So I run to a separate creative outlet like weaving and surround myself with supportive friends to help me get out of my own way.

Your favorite band at the moment:  Family Portrait, Vetiver and Phosphorescent have a lot of playlist real estate right now.

Your favorite book at the moment: The Enneagram by Helen Palmer.  It's giving me great insight as to who I am and how I operate in the world.

Photo by Drea Peters

Photo by Drea Peters

Your local Austin gem:

A: The Soup Peddler—great soups, juice, smoothies and music. Whenever I am stuck without food in the house, they are my go-to.

Your social media handles: Find Drea on Instagram.