10/07/2008

Herb Garden Collection


At the moment I am busy working on a new collection of fabric designs for Makower UK. Unfortunately I can't show you these designs at the moment because of copyright protection. I can however show you my "Herb Garden" Collection which will make it's debut at the quilt market in Houston this month. It seems ages since I delivered the final artwork to the Makower headquarters in Henley-on-Thames, most people are surprised that a fabric design actually starts life as a painted piece of paper.

Today I saw it for the first time in print, always an anxious moment. Unlike an illustration for a print reproduction on paper, these fabric designs have to be translated into separate screens, one screen per colour. When you consider that some of the designs contain eighteen different colours, you can imagine the skill of the printer who has to perfectly register each and every colour.

Here are two of my favourite designs from the collection, I hope you like them!


I used some of the images from this collection to make my one of my little artist's books. These designs form a decorative panel called a nine square or label design. A term which will be familiar to those of you who quilt. You can see more of these images in my "Herb Garden" miniature book in my Etsy shop.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful! This first one reminds me of some lovely fabric I made a dress of back in the 70's! It was my favorite and wore it constantly! I wish I would have kept it.

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  2. I really love your fabric designs acornmoon.

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  3. These are lovely! Colorful, yet soft.

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  4. Inspired!! I just see the quilt I would make with the wonderful colours in that first fabric!! beautiful.

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  5. Wonderful - these really look good. Congratulations.

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  6. Both designs are so pretty and delicate, good luck with your new collection, too!

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog.
    I love your fabric designs. :-)

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  8. These are so lovely! Very sweet.

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  9. These are just gorgeous. I really love the sweetness and light of the second one!

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  10. Lovely fabrics, great work! :-)

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog, that way I was able to get to know your beautiful blog.

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  11. Oh my goodness, they are gorgeous and how brilliant to see your designs on fabric!

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  12. I love your fabric designs. I just found your site via Bittersweet. I will visit again.

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  13. Lovely designs, but do you know why folk are surprised to learn that they start life as paint on paper? I find that extraordinary. What do they expect?

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  14. Welcome friends old and new, being an artist is a lonely life but having your kind and supportive comments makes all the difference.

    Willow, I often wished I had kept my old clothes also, how very retro I would be.

    Dave,
    I don't think that people consider the design process unless they themselves are creative. Some fabric designs are now completely created by computer, mine are paint on paper first but I do use the computer to help me work out the repeat.

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  15. Thank you for coming to my Textile Art Quilts Blog today and leaving your lovely compliments.

    Your work is awesome. Very professional looking. I love the garden designs and the alphabet block book. Charming. I wish you continued success.

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  16. Hi Valerie! Yes I can see your handiwork particularly in the second sample. I think the line work in the green sample with potted plants reminds me of japanese yuzen papers.

    Both designs are lovely! kudos!

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  17. two very beautiful designs, they'll make wonderful quilts...

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  18. I love the second one. I think it would also be a lovely wall-paper.

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