With photos by Martin Westlake and words by Gisela Williams.
Growing up on the island of Bali in the 1980s, Elora Hardy was surrounded by people who had the gift of transforming natural materials into beautiful things. She observed local women weaving prayer offerings out of palm leaves. A family friend, the interior designer Linda Garland, was designing chunky bamboo furniture for such clients as Mick Jagger. Meanwhile, Hardy’s father—the renowned Canadian jeweler John Hardy— was fashioning small treasures out of precious metals. Determined to become a designer herself, Hardy headed to New York, where she created fabric patterns for Donna Karan.