I just happened to find an interesting article about fabric design and wanted to share it with you.
With my work at the quilt shop and related activities, the topic of fabric designers often comes up. When a fabric company representative is showing us samples of 20 new designer groups, we pick and choose and critique freely. We generally have an idea of what styles and looks will be interesting to our customers. Most of the time we are familiar with the name of the designer and the concept she/he brings to the collection. That can help a lot in referring to past sales of that designer's fabrics and how well the past designs sold in our store. Most often, we don't really pay attention to the name of the designer as a factor in the final decisions. But it is nice to know about the background of the person behind the designs. And it's nice actually know some people who do the designing, and hear about their process.
Now, for a completely different kind of design, but quilt-related nonetheless. Lauren is quite a connoisseur of beverages, and has a sharp eye for detail. She brought me a 6-pack of special beer called Jubleale from deSchutes brewery. She told me to take a closer look at the label and the package. Wow! It's quilted applique! Isn't that cool?!
Cheers to you!