Argentinian designer Pat Bravo started many years ago hand - painting her own fabrics and making beautiful art quilts inspired in artists non other than Kandinski and Klee. But she came a long way since her art quilting days, to become the designer and creative director of her own company, Art Gallery Fabrics. Her contemporary fabrics set apart from the rest not only for their excellent quality of 100% premium cotton but also for their classic sophistication yet modern freshness that appeal to traditional quilters as well as young sewers all over the world. But it doesn't stop there: she also designs sewing and quilting patterns and Grab n'Sew Kits, which include everything that's needed to make the project, including zippers, buttons, magnetic snaps, even color coordinated thread!
Scheduled to release in March 2011 from Art Gallery Fabrics, Coquette is all about liberty florals and delicate swirls that will add a vintage, romantic touch to your creations.
Thanks again for being here today Pat. I'm sure my readers are eager to learn all about your newest designs after seeing those gorgeous photos of the fabrics.
Hi everybody! I would like to thank you Ryan for the opportunity of being on your blog and a big thanks to all your readers. All my love, Pat
RWQ: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been designing fabric? What is your design background?
I've been into sewing ever since I can remember! I actually learned how yo sew when I was 9 years old, and never really stopped. I got into quilting and start doing my own art quilts and hand-painting fabric (it was a lot of work!), and they actually did very well! So designing prints was just the natural step to take. and I'm so glad I did.
When I first started designing, I envisioned a niche that I believed didn't exist in the market; according to many people that have told me, my fabrics are sophisticated and elegant, but keep that "contemporary" feeling that make them young and current.
RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?
My inspiration sources are so different I couldn't even pin point what it is exactly! I'm very into history, I must confess; I'm fascinated by stories of Royalty, Old World architecture and art, so I feel really drawn to scrolls, florals motifs and bold, dramatic colors. But at the same time, I love super modern fashion magazines and bright colors and patterns, so I try to add that touch of fun and playfulness to the mix.
To be honest, the first thing that kick-starts my inspiration is color. Once I have the color palette (believe me, is not as easy as it sounds!), then I just take it from there.
RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell my readers about your inspiration for Coquette? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?
Coquette is an in-house designed collection. What I wanted to go for in this collection was a soft, ultra feminine look; think liberty prints and bold florals from a romantic point of view. Coquette also features a plaid on point print which is a very current fashion trend right now so I love how it fits with the rest! If I had to choose a favorite, I'd go for the Plaid Passion Cherry mixed with the Flower Bed Blush… who would have thought plaid and flowers could go together?
RWQ: You also print your own fabric designs through your manufacturing company Art Gallery Fabrics, correct? Please tell us a little bit about Art Gallery.
What a question! Okay, so here's the deal; my career started as a fabric designer, so basically I'm a fabric designer that happens to own a manufacturing company! Art Gallery Fabrics is the company my husband Walter and I own; and what do we produce? Fabrics, patterns, and kits designed by Pat Bravo plus the in-housed designed collections. I sometimes feel strange because I feel is hard for people to understand who's what but I hope I helped to clear that out a little bit!
Thanks for being here today Pat and for letting us get to know you a little better.
Please be sure to visit Pat's website: http://www.patbravo.com. There, you can see all the latest news about her upcoming fabric lines, as well as download free project patterns and view her fabric dream boards.
Also, a great reference of where to find Pat's fabrics can be found here: http://patbravo.com/Where_to_buy.html.
Now it's time to announce the Art Gallery Fabrics giveaway! Pat has generously offered an 18 fat quarter bundle of her fabric line Modern Affair in the Passionate colorway, a 10 fat quarter bundle of Oval Elements, and a 10 fat quarter bundle of Floral Elements (all available in stores now).
See photos of what's being offered below.
To win these fabrics, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.
I will draw a winner for each bundle (3 total winners) using the Random Number Generator on Wednesday, December 29, 2010!
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Have a great day,