Step inside the studios of today's modern fabric design stars from around the world. From the bold florals of Kaffe Fassett to the subtle patterning of Naomi Ito to the retro style of design collective Ruby Star Society, Modern Fabric features a sophisticated, eclectic group of designers working in an exciting variety of techniques.
Engaging essays explore each designer's life in textiles: education, design beginnings, creative process, dreams, and how they run their businesses. Hundreds of color photographs offer endless inspiration, showing studio spaces, process, textile samples, and products made from the gorgeous fabrics featured in the book. Modern Fabric is an ideal resource for sewers, quilters, crafters, designers, and all those who aspire to a fun, color-filled, modern lifestyle.
About the Author
Abby Gilchrist founded Fiddlehead Artisan Supply shop, Belfast ME, in 2011—a destination shop of modern fabrics and art and craft supplies, appealing to a national audience of discriminating fabric and design shoppers.
Amelia Poole is a textile artist and teacher. She received an MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Poole works from her shop and open studio, Ecouture Textiles, in Brooksville, Maine, and shows her work at fine craft shows and teaches throughout New England.
"This beautifully illustrated and smartly descriptive book....is an intriguing presentation of 25 American and international fabric artists who describe their initial inspiration, idea formulation, creative process, materials, designs, colors and how they produce a marketable product....The authors and publisher have put out a polished product that reveals a creative spirit and entrepreneurial drive, too often taken for granted and seldom understood."
- Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal,
"In this world-over celebration of textile design, Maine-based fabric enthusiasts and artisans Gilchrist and Poole showcase both well-known fabric-world personalities as well as under-the-radar artisans, from Cape Town to Winnipeg, Osaka to Dallas. In interviews with their subjects, the authors cover topics like business, inspiration, studio work methods, and philosophies, which all begin to blend together in a pleasant way."
"Based on interviews with 25 diverse, inspiring fabric designers, this stylish essay collection features an opulent assortment of photographs that bring readers into studios to view the process and products firsthand....Set a budget before opening the book, because quilting and fabric enthusiasts will discover bolts of inspiration they'll be eager to transform in their next sewing adventure."
- Shelf Awareness
"A new book by Maine authors brings the world of modern fabric design to your coffee table....Splashy spreads illuminate the biographies and creative processes of textile greats."
- Down East
"Gilchrist (owner and operator Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, ME) and textile designer Poole look inside the studios and personas of 25 international fabric designers....Not a "how-to" or technical presentation but an exploration into the creative lives of contemporary fabric designers. This should appeal to quilters, sewers, and designers, both hobbyists and professionals."
- Library Journal