“New York is all about immediacy,” Bennett explains, on the transition she’s made this year, both professionally and in the sources of her creative influences. “There is so much going on around you at all times that is inspiring and stimulates your senses, so I found myself always focused on the ‘right now’ aspect of things…Austin has been more about taking a step back and slowing down a little, dreaming and planning more, being a bit more quiet, curious, and intentional.” Austin has also been the perfect location for Bennett to explore scarves, a new-to-her medium that’s been an organic extension of her experience. “I have always been drawn to fabric, and silk in particular,” she says. “Within my clothing line, there was always a large emphasis on the natural properties in the fabrics I worked with, like drape, weight, and movement. Extending that focus to scarves felt like a natural transition.” They have also allowed her to move from designing seasonally to working in series, driven by spontaneity and exploration. Or, as she puts it, pieces become “a chapter in the same book, departures from each other that evolve rather than being discarded.” Bennett’s work is available for sale on her website (shopmirandabennett.com); she will also be selling her work at the Feliz sale in Austin on November 3.