Come see our Creativebug demo at QuiltCon! We’ll be hosting a demo with some amazing artists who are part of our upcoming Fabric Design series. Who exactly are we hanging out with? Just all the cool kids:
Creativebug Demos at QuiltCon 2015
Join us Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Exhibit Hall B for Creativebug’s Fabric Design Series
Denyse Schmidt, Heather Ross, Lizzy House, Kelly Wilkinson
Fabric Design: A 5-part series launching March 11
Here’s a little background on the designers in the series.
Spoonflower makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles. The company came about because Stephen’s wife, Kim, persuaded him that being able to print her own fabric for curtains was a really cool idea. She wasn’t alone. The Spoonflower community now numbers over a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world.
A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has changed the way we think about quilts. Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility – clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics – to this rich art form. Though firmly rooted in the techniques of American quilt-making, Denyse Schmidt is renowned for her fresh, offbeat approach to design and color and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. As author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft, 2012); fabric designer for FreeSpirit and Fabric Traditions; and teacher of a series of popular improvisational patchwork piecing workshops; Denyse continues to inspire with her witty take on tradition. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Heather Ross grew up in an extremely isolated corner of northern Vermont known as The Northeast Kingdom. Her family lived in an 18th century one-room schoolhouse that had once served a long-vanished mountain community and was by then home to a prolific family of proud but disorganized house gnomes, for whom Ross learned to sew and knit during the long winters. Today Heather is an illustrator, author, and textile designer with a large following in the crafts and sewing markets. Her textile designs are among the most recognizable in the retail fabric market and are a favorite among home sewers of clothing, accessories, and decor for children. Heather wrote Weekend Sewing, a best-selling how-to sewing book. She teaches sewing and crafts to women and girls of all ages through her popular sewing retreats. Heather’s client list includes a wide range of product lines and companies, including high end home decor and fashion fabrics for Kokka of Japan, paper goods for Chronicle Books, original artwork for Polar Bears International, for whom she acts as artistic ambassador, and even surfboards (Walden Surfboards, Artists Series Signature Line). Heather Ross’s home and studio are in New York City.
Lizzy House is a printmaker, fabric designer, author, and educator. She has released seven lines of fabric, including one of her latest for Andover, “Hello Pilgrim.” Lizzy has designed a series of quilt patterns and is the author of the book How to Enter the World of Textile Design. She has a BFA in Printmaking and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. When Lizzy isn’t printing, designing fabric, writing, or teaching, she can usually be found curled in a small ball asleep on an airplane. And no, she doesn’t want any peanuts.
And be sure to check out some of the other workshops and panels happening. Creativebug instructors abound, since Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, and Susan Beal will also be in attendance. Man, do those ladies know how to work some quilting magic.