Meet Audrey Vallen – indispensable CFO here at Founders Circle Capital.
Audrey started playing with fabric around 1995. She took an art quilt class with Therese May and made a small pictorial wall quilt. Then she purchased The Joy of Quilting by Hansen & Hickey and made her first very traditional quilt – for her best friend from business school expecting her first baby.
From there, she just kept making quilts. Exploring different patterns – sometimes traditional and sometimes free cut – and different fabric styles, from 19th-century reproductions to tropical batiks, whatever satisfied her creative mood. Sometimes she makes a quilt with a particular person in mind, and other times it is made just for the fun of creating. A friend may come over and fall in love with one, so it goes home with them.
“Fabric is very patient. It waits for you until you can carve out a few moments from a busy life of mom and CFO, to stop for a little creativity.”
“Fabric is very patient. It waits for you until you can carve out a few moments from a busy life of mom and CFO, to stop for a little creativity.” Long ago, she used to do etchings and paintings, but those creative processes are not forgiving to inattention – ink and paint dries, your work and brushes are ruined, while you step away to help with homework respond to a GPs late-night email. For Audrey, playing with fabric is the perfect creative outlet.