Butterfly Creator Eileen Kennedy


Artist, designer, maker, and clothing designer, Eileen is a craftswoman whose language orients around shape, pattern, rhythm, graphics, and semiotics. Butterfly jeans is the culmination of over twenty years of work in the fields of furniture, interior & product design, and various aspects of Chinese culture.

After earning an art degree from Skidmore College in 1995, Eileen went on to complete a two-year furniture design program at renowned Parnham College. Her furniture has been featured in multiple local and international publications, including Designboom’s Premio Vinci Magistretti. The New York Times highlighted the emotive quality of Eileen’s work at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in an article about furniture that offers comfort to consumers. Eileen’s accomplishments in woodworking extend beyond furniture -- she is especially proud of the “California Landscape” collection of wooden cheeseboards that she created for Cowgirl Creamery.

An interest in Chinese culture led Eileen to the wood block dyeing technique she uses to create Butterfly jeans. Before starting Butterfly in 2017, she completed a 1200 hour Chinese Astrology apprenticeship to become a certified Chinese Astrology (BaZi) practitioner, and created an online course called “First Time Homebuyer Quick Feng Shui.”