Archive for the ‘Designer Interviews’ Category

Interview: Connecting Threads Designer Jenni Calo (With Giveaway!)

I’m really excited about today’s interview with Portland designer Jenni Calo of Connecting Threads not only because I love her work and admire her versatility, but because it will be very interesting for those of you interested in fabric design as a career. The in-house fabric designer is a rare breed — as I write [...]

Designer Interview: David Butler on Curious Nature

{ David Butler, graphic artist and now fabric designer–he’s also in a rock band, the Black Owls! } We’re excited to speak with David Butler, the designer behind studio Art of the Midwest (and husband to to the wonderful Amy Butler) about his latest project, “Parson Gray.” Parson Gray will focus on print & design for [...]

Interview: Michelle Fifis on The Sellable Sketch

In the last section of A Field Guide to Fabric Design I write about whether or not formal schooling in textile design is necessary to make it in the field. The short answer is no, but it’s an invaluable experience if you are able to enroll in a program. You will have the time set [...]

Interview: Mark Cesarik on Cosmic Burst and “Pop Antique” Style

{ Mark & his wife Cara at their first Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. } Mark Cesarik describes himself as a surface designer, graphic designer, fine artist and doodler—and his fabric designs are a fusion of each of those styles. He burst onto the fabric scene with Sew Bettie, a collection of kitschy, fun [...]

Interview: Violet Craft on Peacock Lane

{ the Peacock Lane collection. Photo by Red Pepper Quilts, used with permission. And see what she did with it! }   With Fall Quilt Market being only six-ish weeks away now, manufacturers are feverishly putting together samples, designers are sewing 24-7 to show off their new patterns and collections, everyone’s printing up a fresh [...]

Interview: Cynthia Mann of Birch Fabrics on Storyboek

{ Storyboek – Girl Palette } Today’s interview is with Cynthia Mann, mother of two, and the woman behind the online fabric shop Fabricworm. Not long after launching the shop three years ago, she started her own fabric company, Birch Fabrics, and helped expand the selection of modern, organic fabrics on the market. She also [...]

Guest Post: Monica Solorio-Snow on Happy Mochi Yum Yum

Thank you all so, so much for all the kind words and wishes and welcomes for Theo! The sleep deprivation is really starting to set in but otherwise everything is going really well. Thanks for hanging in there with me! Today, I welcome Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie fame. She’s here to tell us all [...]

Interview: Sarah Fielke on From Little Things

One of the coolest surprised of Fall Quilt Market for me was sitting down at the Lecien schoolhouse session and learning that Sarah Fielke, the co-author of the amazing quilt books Material Obsession and Material Obsession 2 and creative director of the Australian sewing supersite SEWN was one of the speakers, and was there to [...]

Interview: Jay McCarroll (Part 2)

{ Habitat by Jay McCarroll, photo by Laura Singewald of Spool Sewing in Philadelphia } In part two of my interview with Jay McCarroll (here’s Part 1), I asked him to take us through the story and inspiration behind Habitat, and to talk about the process of creating each print and how they fit into [...]