Luana has a 30 year background in art, design and retail. Her eye for color and design was recognized when she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles under full scholarship. Her first design job was designing silk textiles and dresses, which took her to Hong Kong. There she took a design position with an international company that began a career in import design. She lived in Hong Kong, traveling to 10 Asian countries for her design work. Later she moved to New York and worked on 7th Avenue as an import design specialist, designing textiles, sweaters, and high-end contemporary ladies wear while traveling to Asia and Europe.
Then she opened 2 retail stores in the East Village: "Vortex" - a bookstore which also carried her jewelry designs, and "Vortex Gallery" with artwork and large decorator-size crystal formations. During this time she traveled to South America and Europe, visiting mines and purchasing gemstones and crystals for the jewelry and gallery.
After her first baby, she moved back to Boulder and worked on a fine arts career. Her watercolor and oil paintings hang in private collections around the country.
Luana is a member of the Color Marketing Group, and will again be the keynote speaker on "2009 Trends" at the Fall International Textile Expo in Las Vegas. Over the years Luana has worked as a business consultant, helping clients who range from national corporate executives, to local entrepreneurs. She has worked with a large client base on the East and West coasts; helping with marketing, career counseling and entrepreneurial issues.
Luana is a licensed designer for Robert Kaufman Fabrics of California and YLI Threads. Currently available licensed fabric collections can be seen on eQuilter in the Designer department at:
Luana's quilts, wearable art and bio articles have appeared in Quilters Newsletter, McCalls Quilting, Sew News, Fabric Trends, The Quilter, and Quilt Magazine. She was on the cover of the Summer 2006 issue of Designers Quarters, and featured in the Aug 2007 issue of Divapreneur. Luana is also a 2003, 2004 and 2008 Bernina Fashion Show designer, and her garments can be seen at:
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Now Luana and Paul live with Sam (13) and Sophie (8) next to the Celestial Seasonings herbal tea factory. When the windows are open, it smells like the tea flavor of the day! 3 cats and a sheltie also share this vegetarian household. The flower garden in back is packed with perennials, bulbs, flowering bushes and trees, which are an endless inspiration for Luana's paintings and textile designs. Their oldest son Mason (20) is an International Marketing major and Philosophy/Ethics minor student at the Leeds Business School at CU Boulder. The home's basement was the birthplace of eQuilter in March of '99.
The Rubin family adopted Sophie Qin Xin Rubin from China in April 2003. Click Here to see Luana's China Travel Diary - with photos.
For 11 years, Paul was Research Consultant for Avalon Acoustics, the premier high-end home loudspeaker manufacturer. Paul has managed, designed, and programmed at Avalon Acoustics.
Previously, Paul was VP at Tel-X corporation, a $5 million manufacturer of precision prototype and production machinings and stampings in the Detroit, Michigan area. There he supervised quality control, sales, office staff, and 35 journeymen and shop employees.
Paul graduated from the University of Michigan in 1982, with Phi Beta Kappa and Gold Key awards. You can visit his personal web site, Palindromic Paul's Home Page, hosted on Nyx.net, the free (by donation only) internet shell provider for which Paul is also webmaster.