I had the absolute pleasure and honour of visiting the design studio for Liberty last week and not only got to look at where the magic happens, so to speak, but was talked through the process of how a design comes to life from an idea to the finished fabric and I even got to peek at the designs for the next collection that will be previewed in Houston this Fall (and I'm sorry - but I won't even give you a hint as to what they're like, just be sure that if you like this first collection, you'll love the second collection, if you like Liberty prints per-say, you'll not be disappointed, and if you don't like Liberty prints as a rule - prepare to be converted).
Sholto, the man behind the designs for the Liberty Lifestyle quilting cottons (Bloomsbury Gardens, the first collection will ship this August/September. I'll be sure to compile a list of stockists as soon as it starts shipping) is completely fascinating. He has more artistic talent in his little pinky finger than I have in my entire body. In fact I would bet money that he could draw better blindfolded and with his arms tied behind his back than I could even if I concentrated really, really hard and tried my absolute best. Without sounding a little bit fangirl, he's the sort of person you could talk to for hours and hours about what he does and how he does it.
You can read all about my adventures in the hallowed halls over on Fat Quarterly today. Go on over and have a read!
Also - if you are killing time at 4pm EST today (that's 9pm for those of us in the UK), then head over to Pat Sloan's radio show for All People Quilt, as I'm one of the folks featured in today's show. We recorded it at market and I promise it's only short, and I hope it's relatively interesting. If all else fails you can go over and laugh at how weird my voice sounds on radio. I love Pat Sloan so much - she is so great, works incredibly hard to promote all of us in this community whether we are modern or traditional or somewhere in between and I'm almost certain she never sleeps. There's a great mix of guests on the show tonight, it's always worth a listen or subscribing to via i-tunes to listen later.
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