Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fabric Crush #27 + Designer Interview

   Do you love fabric? and what about cats? I sure do, but I've always had the feeling that to create a successful mix of those two requires a lot of planning and talent. I'll show you my favorite cat fabric ever, and its designer. Say hi to Kathy Weller!


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...and say hi to the kitties!

Available at The Fat Quarter Shop


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A couple of months ago I had the chance to see this fabric line for the first time in Julia Bravo's Blog. It was love at first sight, so I contacted Kathy about an interview and she was nice enough to answer my crazy questions. 

*Crazy questions below this paragraph.* LOL

Reading through your blog, I couldn't help but notice that cats and dogs feature prominently in your work. Are you an animal lover? Do you have pets? Tell us the story of fido or fluffy!

Yes! My husband and I currently have one pug, Daisy. Here's a fun fact: I was a custom pet portrait artist for five years before entering the world of fabric design and product art!

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How was the process of designing your fabulous fabric line? Did you get it right right away? or Was it a long process of hit and miss until you got it right?

Certain portions of the Jive Cats collection are pretty much exactly as I first sketched them out in my sketchbook (except for the fact that the Jive Cats designs in my sketchbook are all in pencil.) Other elements required a little give and take. This was my first collection with Northcott, as well as my first fabric collection in general, so I had a lot to learn as far as fabric printing goes as well as repeats and such. I was fortunate to have had such a good teacher in Deborah, Northcott's Design Director.

I read that you don't sew, but I've seen in your blog that you seem to be full of ideas for those who do. Is there something in particular you'd like to see made out of your fabric line?

I think a little girls' (or big girls' for that matter!) skirt or dress would be so perfect!

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Where do you find inspiration? Do you go to the park and sit there to sip a cup of tea while you write down some of your awesome ideas or are you more of a Pinterest kind of girl?

You know, I do love the idea of Pinterest, but I'm not so successful at using it. I feel like there is some secret to Pinterest that I am not privy to. That said, one of my favorite things to do is to just go sketch at the library or a coffee shop. The white noise and anonymity factor really helps me to zone in and focus on my work.

What does a day in the life of Kathy Weller looks like? Do you have a routine or something quirky that you do everyday that you'd like to share? How do you like your coffee in the morning?

I do love coffee. But I feel I'd be leaving something out if I don't divulge my addiction to Starbucks green tea latte. It's great both hot or cold, but here's my big tip: get it unsweetened, and with an extra scoop of matcha powder. Perfect!

Is there anything you would like to say to the fabric loving community?

If you see me at Quilt Market, please say Hello! I would love to meet you! :D

Thank you so much Kathy for giving us the chance to know you.

What do you think? Isn't her fabric line just perfect?

I can't wait to make a couple of things from this fabric, I've been hoarding it for around 2 months. XD

2 comments:

  1. I just love Kathy's Jive Cats!!!! It's a great fabric line and it was a fun interview!!! Thank you!!!

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    1. No problem Sandie! Thanks a lot for reading and commenting. Don't hesitate to show us what you make out of this fabric. I'd LOVE to see!

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