What Makes a Downtown Maker?

Meet Cathi and Francis Pavy, owners of Pavy Art + Design Studio. These Downtown Lafayette Makers produce prints, fabrics, and pillows inspired by Louisiana folk art, known for bright colors and representations of local folklore. You can view Francis’s fine art at this link.



Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started making things.

Pavy Art + Design Studio is the dream of husband and wife, Cathi and Francis Pavy. We wanted to merge our talents as a designer and artist into tangible home goods. We began with bandanas, prints and pillows and are moving into manufacturing fabric and wallpaper.

What does the term “Maker” mean to you?

Ideas and imagination transformed into tangible goods.

Who or what inspires you to make?

All of our products are inspired by the artwork of Francis X Pavy and infused with the culture of South Louisiana.

What’s it like being a Maker in Downtown Lafayette? Is it different from having a business in another Lafayette location?

Downtown Lafayette can be considered the Arts & Culture District. It’s the hub for entrepreneurs, musicians, craftspeople, culinary and visual artists. Businesses are original, “out-of-the-box”, rather than big-box corporations. So whether you’re a business owner or just visiting, Downtown Lafayette is the perfect environment to stay inspired.

Why is making important to you?

Making and creating is like breathing, it’s just who we are.

What have you made that you are most proud of?

Fabric and wallpaper for sure. We’re launching 9 patterns with multiple colorways very soon.

What advice can you give someone who is interested in starting their own Maker Business?

Remember, key word here is business.
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