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Raise your hand if you sometimes feel like technology sucks.
I was happily writing this post, pithily making some convoluted point that would eventually lead me to talking about a newly designed and crafted floor pillow, when things went awry and I found myself making desperate phone calls to the folks who host my site.
This thing, technology, is supposed to make it easier for us to communicate and share ideas, but, honestly, sometimes, I’m not so sure.
I’ve lost my initial train of thought. The pithiness is all gone and all I have left is this:
I’m currently designing three projects for a soon-to-be-released catalogue. I’ll have much more to say about the catalogue soon, but, in the meantime, this floor pillow, featuring Allison Glass’s Handcrafted II prints is the first of those project.
Back to my technology rant: I want to add that when I design anything, fabric, quilt, home dec item…anything, I still use pencil and paper and try out my ideas in fabric or as collages. Also, I’m in the technology generation. I grew up with computers. They just don’t speak to my creative process.
The folks from the catalogue asked me if I had a specific fabric collection I wanted to work with and I pondered that for about 3.2 seconds before answering Allison Glass’s Handcrafted. I have not been disappointed.
I love the colors and weight and simplicity of design in this collection and I love the way it pairs with solids.
For this project I stuck to the fabric in the collection, but I also designed two quilts and those have the Handcrafted II prints combined with commercial solids.
I mentioned in the post about the Ikon pillows made with design remnants from my upcoming fabric line for Moda that I feel like I’ve made a real shift in my work and, as I’ve designed and sewn these items, I’ve noticed the same thing. It’s pretty exciting to watch yourself change, all the while noticing that it’s happening without you necessarily “directing” it.
Apparently I’m evolving. Who knows? Maybe next time I describe my design and crafting process I’ll mention working out my ideas on a computer?
Nah, I don’t think so.