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Timelessly Modern

As a part of our #WiltWIP campaign, we have partnered with women who inspire us across the country. We recognize them as pioneers and those that know the rules well enough that they can break them. This culture of creativity is something we share with this unique group of women across an array of fascinating trades, and we’re looking forward to telling their story. They are in many ways versions of ourselves, but are also carving out their own path through their work, without further adieu meet Carra.

All photography taken by the very talented Lauren Marek.

CARRA SYKES IS MUCH MORE than a banner builder. She's a skilled designer, photographer, and crafter that imparts timeless wisdom and modern relevance into every piece of art that she creates. Inspired by old military paraphernalia and sport pennants, she set out to create objects that could stand the test of time.

Based in Houston, TX, Carra began making banners in March 2014. Since their launch, she's worked independently on a number of commissioned projects for a diverse spectrum of clients. Her work is raw, honest and bold; all qualities that create such compelling and unforgettable objects. She graciously gave us a peek into her studio space, and shed some light on her creative process. Read Carra’s story below.

How do you come up with your ideas?

I'm obsessed with having a sketch book, I think I have too many in my life. I love making up little lines that could possibly be in a song. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks it's funny. Then I think, 'Oh, I could put that on a banner.'

How do you stitch your banners?

I use a machine. First, I use a regular needle, and then I use a quilting needle, which is, I guess, kind of bigger. I just to just work with one needle, which was this big one, which was the hardest thing.


Was there a lot of trial and error in the beginning?

It's pretty natural for me, I guess. After I went to design school, they drilled it into me: craft, craft, craft. The hardest part was the canvas, because it was so much thicker, and having to take a lot more time, hoping that I don't run the machine too fast and it goes in a direction I don't want it to go in. But for the most part, it hasn't been too difficult working with the material. I can definitely see where I've improved with designs, and it's nice also that it hasn't been a crazy improvement, like I was really awful to start out with.

What's the most meaningful piece that you've created?

I don't even know if it's my favorite visually, but it's really touching. A father came to me and wanted me to make a banner for his son's bedroom, so that he could grow up with kind of a mantra, 'Be smart, be bold, be kind.' I felt honored to be asked to have something I made be something that a kid grows up with. That was really cool for me. I have to tell y'all, I definitely teared up when I got the e-mail.

What are your some of your goals for the future?

When I was going to school, I actually was going to go to school for fashion. I love costume design and I'm just so impressed by everything. I spent hours just looking at construction and how things are made, like how stitching is and all that, and that's always been something I'm obsessed with. I'll go into a store and people will be like, "why is she touching everything?" Hats were kind of my next step from when I started the banners, I started working on custom hats that I haven't officially launched. I posted a picture on Instagram and people were like, "Alright, I want to buy a hat!" It's kind of similar to banners. It's like your life theme, or whatever you want to show to the world or hang up in your house.

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The Influencers

Classically trained in pattern making and draping, Roxanne Heptner founded Wilt in 2009 on a mission to create a line of beautifully shaped, uncomplicated tees. Wilt garments are made with a tailor’s attention to detail and our finishing and coloration processes give every garment a unique look. Knowing the rules has allowed us to break them. From sketches, to pinning, to production, Wilt is centered around a creative process that speaks to its true craft.

Inspired by this, we have partnered with a group of women across the world to detail the work, craftsmanship, and creativity that comes with doing something they love. On this page, you’ll find these women who have inspired us. Follow along here and on our Instagram as we get to follow their creative process in creating something truly unique.

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The Influencers

Classically trained in pattern making and draping, Roxanne Heptner founded Wilt in 2009 on a mission to create a line of beautifully shaped, uncomplicated tees. Wilt garments are made with a tailor’s attention to detail and our finishing and coloration processes give every garment a unique look. Knowing the rules has allowed us to break them. From sketches, to pinning, to production, Wilt is centered around a creative process that speaks to its true craft.

Inspired by this, we have partnered with a group of women across the world to detail the work, craftsmanship, and creativity that comes with doing something they love. On this page, you’ll find these women who have inspired us. Follow along here and on our Instagram as we get to follow their creative process in creating something truly unique.

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