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How This Woman Sourced Inspiration for Fabric From Her Father's Drawings

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Andra Eggleston was a trained textile designer but recent career moves took her far afield -- movie actress and user-interface designer. After a move to Nashville, she was wondering: What's next? For inspiration, and to pass the time, she started making weekly trips to Memphis to visit her dad, William Eggleston, the photographer widely credited with popularizing color photography as an art form.

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Andra Eggleston now wrapping her luxury fabric business around her famous father’s aesthetic.

William also did drawings, and Andra began scanning the pieces to preserve them. Then she started playing with them. She enlarged one image, adjusted the colors and turned it into a pattern. "I said, "Dad, look at this!'," she recalls. "And he said, "Goddamn it, that's beautiful. What is it?' I said, "That's your drawing.' And he was shocked."

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