Featured Interviews: Our Sew Good Fabric Design Challenge Winners

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Today we’re talking with three very talented designers – the winners of our “Sew Good” Fabric Design Challenge! We’re excited to hear the inspiration behind their winning designs. Fabric has never looked “sew good”!
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Ashley Peterson of HoundandPartridge

 

Tell us a little about you!

 

I was born and raised in Colorado and lived there through college. I married a fella in the military and we have since I’ve lived in Texas, England and currently reside in North Carolina. I’ve played volleyball for many years and continue to seek court time whenever I can find it. In my free time you may find me outside doing yard projects, walking my dogs, or planning my next home improvement project. We purchased our first home recently and I have the home improvement bug in a BIG way. I was recently given a sewing machine and am working on my upholstery skills.

 

What is your background in art/design? When did you first start creating?

 

I’ve been an artist all my life, always with a marker or crayon in hand making something. My parents did a great job of fostering my creative spirit and often mentioned how I could “be an artist some day.” As I got older I developed a keen interest in biology and went to college with the intention to be a bio major and do something in the natural sciences. At the end of my very first prerequisite chemistry class it hit me that while I really loved science, my strengths were not going to get me through more advanced levels of chemistry. I resolved to give the whole “be an artist” thing a try and marched across campus to the registrar to change my major to studio art. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in life and has given me a fantastic foundation for the career I have today.

 

 

Where did you find inspiration for your fabric designs?

 

The inspiration for most of my fabric designs comes from my curiosity with a subject matter. My “Geometric Blooms” patterns come from an exploration of using angular and geometric shapes to create something soft and organic. I created “Modern Mudcloth” after seeing various African textiles in a local shop and further research online.

 

 

What ideas do you have for fun crafty uses of your Zazzle fabrics? How do you imagine a customer using your fabric?

 

I love the idea of my fabrics being in someone’s home, as a fun accent pillow or as part of a fabric bunting banner for celebration. I’d love to try my hand at making my own tea towels and using them to wrap other gift items for a cute and personalized package of awesome.

 

 

Jennifer Fankhauser of Jenniferstuartdesigns

 

Tell us a little about you!

I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma with my husband Randy and our dogs Riley and Zoe. We have been married for almost four years and have been slowly renovating the house we bought right before our wedding. We’ve come a long way, but there always seem to be more projects to do!

What is your background in art/design? When did you first start creating?

Art was always my favorite subject in school. I fell in love with graphic design in high school when I taught myself Photoshop from an old version my mom had from work. I got a BFA in graphic design from The University of Tulsa and became a full-time freelance designer, somewhat by accident. My first design job was for a local political campaign, which left me with extra time to take on more clients on the side. I loved working from home on my own schedule, so I’ve never looked back. It really is my dream job.

Where did you find inspiration for your fabric designs?

I love bold graphic prints and have used them throughout my Zazzle store, so it was natural to carry those over to my fabric designs as well. My own decor style is a little more neutral and rustic, so with home decor projects in mind I also designed some more subtle prints with a softer color palette and a bit of texture.

What ideas do you have for fun crafty uses of your Zazzle fabrics? How do you imagine a customer using your fabric?

I have some large scale prints that would be great for window treatments. I think a lot of my designs would also work well on throw pillows, an accent chair or an upholstered headboard. All of these fun fabrics make me wish I could sew!

 

Kristen Magee of kbecca

Tell us a little about you!

I grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania and just made the move back to the area after 13+ years in Boston. I enjoyed my time in the city, but I’m a country girl at heart and love having a yard again!In addition to all things color and design, my interests include cooking and baking (gluten free), crafts (especially paper crafts), mystery fiction, and British television shows. I also have a keen interest in gardening and hope to have a garden of my own one day.

What is your background in art/design? When did you first start creating?
I’ve enjoyed arts and crafts since I was very young. My box of crayons with the pencil sharpener on the back was always one of my most prized possessions, and I spent hours and hours with my Spirograph. I still love my crayons and could probably spend the day playing with a Spirograph if I had one!

I have a Bachelor of Arts in art history and originally planned on becoming a museum curator, but I went in a different direction after discovering web development during my senior year. After college, I taught myself to code and to use graphic software programs, and I’ve been a freelance designer and web developer since 2001.

 

Where did you find inspiration for your fabric designs?
I find inspiration for my designs in so many places, from pop culture to architecture to vintage packaging. Seasons and holidays are also a great inspiration, as are the patterns  found in nature.
What ideas do you have for fun crafty uses of your Zazzle fabrics? How do you imagine a customer using your fabric?
I’m so glad that you asked this! I think that many of my fabric patterns would be great for handmade pillows and throw blankets or other home décor items. For the kitchen, I can see everything from place mats to potholders and cute aprons. And I love the idea of my fabrics being used to make quilts and doll clothes!

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