Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Poetica collection?
A:This is one of the AGF (Art Gallery Fabrics) in-house studio collections made in collaboration with me. The inspiration behind it started with two beautiful pictures that caught our eyes. These two pictures projected peacefulness and tranquility but with an undeniable dose of modernity! I directed my team to play around with sketchy and graphic designs that create an interesting contrast but yet are harmonious in nature.
Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A:Well, this is a little easy, since Poetica is completely inspired by music. Music plays such a creative role in the design process that we decided to explore it. To me, Poetica is something fun, and refreshing with deep beats that set the rhythm.
1. Rollerblades by Eliza Doolittle
2. My Moon, My Man by Feist
3. 1 2 3 4 by Feist
4. Happy Up Here by Royksopp
5. My Love by The Bird and the Bee
Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite?
A:Well, it’s really difficult, since all the prints are delightful! My favorite print would have to be one of the lead prints, Serenade Daylight (POE-801)! I just love the hand drawn elements of it.
Q:What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A:My favorite project that I’ve done with Poetica is one of my latest patterns, the Bo Peep Skirt. I used a print called Delicate Duet Plum, that’s just bursting with this deep purple that I love so much. It really plays very well with that pattern.
Q:If this collection had a scent to it, what would it be?
A:It would definitely be a combination of a rose and lavender scent, infused with a hint of eucalyptus and mint. They are lovely florals, but with that touch of exhilaration that opens your senses!
Q:Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A:For Spring Quilt Market, I turned in the artwork I finished for my next collection. It’s too soon to show it yet; the only thing I can tell you right now is that its name is Indie, and it’s a sampler of artsy and crafty prints from all over the world. The colors are going to be bold and the prints will show some ethnic mood. It came out beautiful and I can’t wait to show it!
For AGF in-house studio team I’m so excited to share that we’re planning to re-release Modern Affair after many quilters’ requests! It will have some new prints while keeping the ones that already are your favorites. The colors are going to be a surprise too! On the pattern side, I’m happy with two new patterns I designed that will debut at Quilt Market. One is going to be a skirt and the other one a simple and comfy dress that can be made from small to big sizes.
Q:If you had a mascot, what animal would it be?
A:I’m a complete dog lover! I adore them, I have them, and I just can’t get enough of them. As far as a specific breed, I would have to say that I have an American Cocker Spaniel name Lucas – the mellowest dog I ever had, and a rescued dog name Daisy. She is so sweet and kind. I love them both!!
Q:Who is your favorite celebrity?
A:That’s hands down easy to pick: Martha Stewart! She’s a visionary that inspired so many women… As for actors, this is easy too: everybody knows I adore George Clooney. He’s an excellent actor and very handsome 🙂
Q:If we were making a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
A:No doubts: Meryl Streep, the most versatile actress these days. I also admire Kirsten Dunst very much. I love how she acts and her expressions; the way she delivers her performances with such grace and poise, regardless of the role.
Q:Who is your favorite fabric designer not including yourself?
A:I am a big admirer of artists that do not fear of the use of color! Industry wise, I have always admired Kaffe Fassett’s love of color… His boldness… The way he has no fear of putting prints together. I mean, this man is fearless and just hands down talented. I am completely amazed whenever I see his work.
Inspiration wise, it would be no other than Kenzo. His florals… His colors…. They’re just majestic. Actually, there are no complete words… no complete sentences to explain how this man inspires me. To this day, his past collections still inspire me. The combinations of florals and geometrics that he pulls off are completely spellbinding!