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designer-owner Angelina DeAntonis with wool itajime poncho and wall piece
Angelina  DeAntonis began OCELOT in 1998, following a costume design career making dance and theatre costumes. Childhood included raising her own goat herd, and working on the family sheep farm. The hard work of farming, paired with metal fabrication and carpentry skills taught to her by her father prepared her well to be an entrepreneaur, to be fearless regarding the labor intensive dyeing work.
Ocelot has been crafted by many hands over the years. Angelina has always been involved in the dye process, at first doing all of the dyeing, then training assistants and interns to help with the dye production. In the first 3 years of the business, Nan Eastep of B Spoke Tailor was seamstress and patternmaker, bringing an expertise in tailoring and fine sewing. When Nan left to work on her own line http://bspoketailor.com/ , Che Ying Lam became the head expert sewer and patternmaker. Many interns have been taught Ocelot's dyeing technique over the past decade, notably Rebecca Williams who became involved in designing the line when Angelina had her baby, and was the first and only to master folding itajime.
Zee Boudreaux, dyer for several years for Ocelot, has journeyed east to follow his inquiries into weaving using all plant dyed yarns.

The Ocelot studio has hosted workshops in textiles with internationally recognized textile artists, like Rasul Mirzaahmedov from Uzbekistan and Joan Morris from the U.S.
Angelina occasionally teaches workshops in the use of natural dyes with the itajime technique,
and also hosts textile collector John Gillow with exhibits of his collections.


Angelina with creative dynamo Jacobi, her son.



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