Heather McDougal began her work in the fashion world, cutting samples and then making patterns and doing production design for small design houses in San Francisco. Eventually she moved on to get an MFA in Sculpture from California College of Arts and Crafts in the late 1990s. Since then she has been designing costumes, monsters, masks and sets for children’s play productions, as well as designing and building houses.
She became interested in tent design in 2015 when she was traveling in Iceland in rented Scottish tents, designed specifically to deal with a rainy environment. These tight, warm tents opened her eyes to the idea that a tent could have an interior designed to complement the waterproof exterior, rather than the other way around. The construction of tents was not that different from extreme costuming, and she felt that with her experience in patternmaking, she could design her own.
On doing some research, Heather decided that no one had explored the idea of magical tents as much as she would like. She began to make small macquettes and play around with materials. In summer of 2018, she began making prototypes.
As of Spring 2019, she is still working on her second generation of prototypes, and hopes to have them up for sale by late fall.