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Anna Maria Horner
Oh hi. Once i began work on my Fibs and Fables collection last winter, I remember thinking that by the time the fabrics are in hand, a lot could have changed in my work & home life. And while that is all true, returning to this blog to write down about my design work feels comfortable and almost nostalgic. I have been writing about my work here for nearly exactly 9 years, which is tough to believe. I am so weaving temple for sale thankful for the non-public history and correspondence that exists here and love having the ability to deepen it when time allows. So today. Fibs & Fables. Here is the official inspiration statement:
“Fibs & Fables was inspired by my interest in and love for vintage fairytale illustrations and I have never had more fun doing research. The notion of storytelling, in a way, is a system of make-believe with various motives: to show a lesson, to entertain or to perpetuate a culture’s belief system. And maybe in a more cynical sense, stories are just fibs- but when set to beautiful images….they are welcome lies. Exploring old German, Danish, British and American illustrations revealed all the beloved book scenery that I got lost in as a baby. Lots of those artists were themselves influenced by ancient artwork, ancient stories and Greek Mythology. What entranced and weaving temple for sale inspired my color directions was the element of fear and tragedy combined with body waves joyful resolutions. The balance of the two, in addition to the good and evil that’s such a standard theme helped me to cast a moody palette on the fabric’s color ways. The prints themselves are a not so literal in telling any specific fib, fable or fairytale, but rather bring to light the elements that exist in so lots of our favorite stories. The gathering is as fun for children’s quilts, decor and clothing as it is unexpected for women’s fashion.”
I will further say that for somebody who isn’t so much a novelty print designer, I discovered the fairytale theme a novel challenge. And I can’t say that I used to be inspired by any one fairytale or set of characters as much as I was inspired by the art that has told those stories over centuries. I therefore sometimes shifted my focus to present imagery in a less literal way, but still include elements that act as the building blocks that can tell many stories without delay.
So shall we have a look on the prints
A described above, I used to be as inquisitive about peripheral imagery, and that i suppose you may say that rather than having a print portrayal of a clock striking twelve, I’ve the above gem.
Church windows, castle windows, tower windows, yes this is rather more literal. But my focus here is on the potential for escape from dark to light, as seen through the windows. You just have to determine which one you fit through.
I after all had to provide a nod to Greek mythology…. but I was really only inspired to take action on this collection when I found so many illustrators over the past two centuries doing the identical in their work. Helios was imagined to be the god of the sun and he lit up the sky each night with four winged, fire-breathing horses. And who would not want to attract that Drawing horses is such a connection to my childhood that it was a welcome theme. This one can even come in three colors of Rayon Challis.
So many of my favorite stories as a baby had an element of creating- the spinning wheel in Sleeping Beauty, the humble dress made by little creatures in Cinderella, the invisible garment in the Emperor’s New Clothes…. so I paired those ideas with the culture of dressmaking and tailoring that and set them to a seemingly magic wand of a needle doing the work without hands.
This one is a sweet representation of folk art styles found in lots of German and Dutch fairytale illustrations and to me it feels paying homage to cozy interior spaces and kettles and dishes.
I was obsessed with drawing characters with braids when I used to be a girl. I loved having to re-figure out find out how to do it every time. I actually enjoy how equally weird and normal this print will be. Only weird once you imagine it to be hair, but more normal in case you have baskets on the mind.
I suppose you possibly can call this my wish upon a star print. Eyes, tears, stars. It’s a tiny little print and this one shall be in Rayon Challis as well.
And if a fairytale is a depiction of struggle from start to resolution, I loved the concept of including some form of a maze-like print. I had originally considered hedge mazes, but that was less interesting to me visually, so I used to be messing around with meandering designs. Then when researching ancient Greek art to develop the Helios print, the Greek key design was waving at me. It was saying DUH.
Well In fact I had to do a landscape. What good fairytale book was without some form of landscape Other than that, I have always been intrigued (terrified) of developing a landscape image right into a repeat. I presents a really unique set of challenges that other prints don’t. I’ve shown what an almost fat quarter looks like above so as to see how all of it comes together. I’ll admit this one took me FOREVER. Resolving how elements came together on all sides proved quite tricky (numerous walking away) and but then extremely rewarding once I let go of reality. Stars become flowers. Roadways lead to clouds. Clouds become water. Sky becomes ground. And weeping willows grow tears instead of leaves. And the whole of it is guarded by a flight of swallows (how could I not pay homage to Thumbelina ) Should you follow me on Instagram you might keep in mind that when I used to be first sketching this print (in my bedroom mind you) that a bird practically landed on my shoulder who must have gotten within the house and was hiding under my bed. Yep.
And Gallant colorway~
There are a complete of 27 pieces within the quilting cotton collection, and I have been engaged on some very fun sewing for the upcoming fall Quilt Market which I will be sharing in the coming weeks. As mentioned above there will also be 6 Rayon Challis pieces, that I have already been making clothes out of!
Beginning on Monday of next week, my online shop will be pre-selling full collection stacks of Fibs & Fables which should ship out the first week in November!!! And to celebrate the launch, anyone who pre-orders a full collection stack from my shop will receive a free limited run fine art print of Helios, shown above measuring 8.5×11″. Perks, people!
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