Released in January, 2011, and available now in shops online and in LQS' nation-wide, Calypso Swing is a bold statement full of intricate patterns off set with bursts of color.
Here's a little info about Mark's fabric from the Free Spirit website: Calypso Swing is a collection that I had a great deal of fun designing; I think that is well reflected not only in the designs themselves but also in the collections name. Each design creates it's own motion and its own mood. I thought it only appropriate then that it be best represented in the context of music and dance. Violets, pinks, grey and black provide a playful sensibility and enable the viewer to get a sense of direction and purpose.
RWQ: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been designing fabric? What is your design background?
I've been designing fabric for about 4 years - Cara and I started Sew Bettie in 2007 after she asked me to design a fabric for a pattern she was making. 4 years later I have my first collection with Free Spirit in stores. My background is in fine art and design. I studied painting and design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my passion for art begins with oil painting.
RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?
Everywhere, I suppose. I am constantly sketching in one of my many sketchbooks and use them as references for almost all of my designs.
RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell my readers about your inspiration for Calypso Swing? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?
My favorite design is this one:
I think it represents to the fullest extent what I was trying to accomplish in the collection - there is so much movement and celebration in this. It's like a party.
RWQ: Is this your first design to be licensed on fabric? If no, can you briefly tell us about your other lines?
This is indeed my first full cohesive collection yes, Obviosuly I have designed fabrics under Sew Bettie and I've done some other licensing work for other companies. But yes this is my first full collection under my own name.
RWQ: Are you a quilter? As a male in the quilting industry, what do you look for when selecting fabric?
I am not a quilter, although I am starting to appreciate the art more and more, my wife Cara is the person who introduced me to the industry overall. But I have to say that I absolutely LOVE just looking at fabric. I'm a fan of all types of design - so I suppose that is enough to really keep me interested in fabric.
RWQ: One of the hardest parts of designing for me is coming up with the names for my patterns. How do you pick the names for your fabrics?
GREAT question - I often let the design dictate the name. I don't generally have an idea of what a full collection of individual design is going to be in the context of the others until the collection has really come along. And while I do believe the names I have given my individual fabrics and collection do reflect the designs very well. I do have to admit there is a certain level of randomness when it comes to the names.
RWQ: How can my readers find more information about your company?
My website is markces.com, and I have my fan blog run by my lovely wife Cara, markcesarik.blogspot.com, and of course you can find info about me on the westminster/freespirit site as well.
Thanks so much for being here today Mark!
Mark and Cara have donated a bundle of four fat quarters to give away right here.
To win, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted. I will draw one winner using the Random Number Generator on Friday, February 25, 2011!
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