Within the designs of “To Market, To Market”, a nostalgia filled story was woven about an everyday trip to the market. Emily Isabella playfully depicts the canopy of trees that covers your head as you journey along, carefully avoiding the buds that pop out of the sidewalk. The fruits and foliage acquired at the market are put in bowls and vases in your home, all while whispers of a childhood rhyme run through your head.
We are thrilled to announce the inclusion of yet another talented artist to our Cloud9 Collective, just in time for Spring Quilt Market. Sarah York is a Surface Pattern Designer and Artist from California, soon to be based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Learn more about Sarah below, and stay tuned for more about her upcoming collection Frolic.
Sarah has a background in Art History and trained as an apprentice in classical textile design hand painting techniques. She is inspired by the bounty of nature, ornament, color, travel, textiles, and folk patterns. Sarah likes to work in a painterly, hand-done style, finding beauty in the imperfect and unique.
She works from her home studio with her darling assistant, her two year old daughter Violet. Her designs have been used by companies such as Tesco, Hallmark and Greetabl.
Sarah loves creating beautiful designs to bring a bit of happiness to someone’s life. She is beyond thrilled to be designing for Cloud9 Fabrics! A total dream come true.
Holly DeGroot is a quilt pattern designer, photographer, and fabric lover from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Holly learned to sew as a child, watching her mother make dresses. Always interested in making things, Holly began sewing regularly as a creative outlet while working as a biomedical engineer after college. She started her blog, Bijou Lovely, in 2009 as a place to share her creative projects. She made her first quilt soon after starting the blog and fell in love with designing her own quilts and photographing the finished projects.
Her online shop, also called Bijou Lovely, offers modern quilt patterns and notions. Quilt patterns in the Bijou Lovely shop include the Colorblock Quilt, Bloomsbury Quilt, and Woodcut Quilt, which was displayed at QuiltCon in 2015. You can find other free patterns and tutorials on her blog.
Holly’s patterns and products have been featured in multiple quilting magazines, and she writes a monthly Trend Watch column for Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Her photography work has been published in craft books including Anna Graham’s Handmade Style and Krista Fleckenstein’s upcoming book, Beyond Cotton, both published by Lucky Spool.
Designing fabric has been a dream of Holly’s for several years, and she is so excited to be working with Cloud 9!
Cloud9 is thrilled to announce our latest addition to the Cloud9 Collective lineup, Leah Duncan. Look for her debut quilter’s cotton collection, Lore, premiering in October for March delivery. Then we’ll quickly follow up with Yucca, a versatile voile collection specifically with garment making in mind. Learn more about Leah:
After two years in Brooklyn, Leah recently located back to Austin, Texas where she loves the tacos, sunshine, and topo chico.
Her brand started with a dream and an Etsy shop in 2008, which has quickly grown to include retailers internationally as well as collaborations with companies such as Schoolhouse Electric, Urban Outfitters, O’Neill, Galison, Teva, and the Land of Nod. Her line consists of locally sourced textiles, stationery, and home goods with many items produced by hand in her studio. Each piece in Leah’s collection is hand drawn and reflects her unique sensibility and soft color palettes. Inspired by a love of nature, her east Austin neighborhood, the southwest, and her cherokee roots she has established a recognizable voice that speaks simplicity and beauty with quirky and organic themes.
Leah is really excited to be working with a company in the fabric industry that matches her ethos in a desire to create beautiful things with as little environmental impact as possible. We are just as excited to have her on board!
A creative force, she is the founder of Petit Collage, a line of modern room decor and playthings for kids. Launched in 2006 with Lorena’s distinctive collages on wood, Petit Collage has since expanded to include playthings, prints on wood, mobiles and more. Petit Collage products are designed and produced with the planet in mind, using eco-friendly materials. The line is sold at thousand of stores worldwide including Barnes and Noble, Land of Nod, Anthropologie, Giggle, and SFMoma.
Lorena has a passion for the handmade: her first craft book, “Petit Collage: 25 easy craft and décor projects for a playful home” was published recently by Potter Craft. She has also written and illustrated more than 30 books for children, published around the world in many languages.
Lorena has been featured in both traditional and new media such as “The Martha Stewart Show,” The New York Times and Dwell magazine, and popular blogs such as Oh Joy, Design*sponge, Decor8, Apartment Therapy, Print and Pattern and many more.
Lorena began Petit Collage with a collage on wood handmade from found and vintage papers, and the line’s decor and playthings still reference its origins in collage and pattern. Lorena is thrilled to expand her love of pattern with this collection for Cloud9!
Aneela Hoey is a UK fabric designer and pattern writer with several years’ experience in the quilting industry. Aneela studied printed textile design at Winchester School of Art before working at design studios in London and New York as well as freelance. Whilst taking a break to start a family, she took up quilting as a hobby and it wasn’t long before she was obsessed. Soon she started designing fabric again using the online digital printing site Spoonflower. Since then she has gone on the work for Moda fabrics, designing several lines for them including Sherbet Pips, A Walk In The Woods, Posy and Cherry Christmas.
Aneela’s first collection with Cloud9 Fabrics is Vignette. Dark, shadowy tones accented by soft pastels inspired by a garden’s rich beauty. Shipping in November.
Read more about Aneela’s vibrant work:
Aneela is also a keen embroiderer; her book of embroidery patterns, Little Stitches, was published by Stash Books in 2011. Her work has also been featured in Aneela’s Big Book Of Pop Out Boxes published by Funprint Studio in 2013 – the title is aimed at introducing creative youngsters to the idea of surface pattern and design. Aneela’s patterns have been featured in various other books as well as magazines including Quilts And More, Australian Homespun and Sew Hip.
Aneela is currently obsessed with writing PDF patterns for sewing pouches and cases which she sells in her online shop. Some of her most popular designs include the Foldover Sewing Pouch, Pop Out Boxes and the Hold It All Pouch. Pattern writing gives her a chance to problem solve and work out the best way she can create something with the least amount of hassle.
Aneela’s design work usually starts out with hand drawn sketches and paintings before being recreated in Illustrator. She loves designing digitally so that she can play around with colour, form and layout to create something interesting. Her current design inspirations centre around her garden, which is where she likes to unwind. If she’s not potting up her plants you can bet she’ll be drawing them.
We fell in love with Sarah Betz’ little critters which feature prominently on her Little Cube brand products – they’re simply perfect for young ones. Look for the debut of Sweet Autumn Day in May for a September delivery.
After her studies in Graphic Design in Germany and Zurich Sarah followed her real passion and began working as a children’s illustrator.
She founded her own design and illustration studio Little Cube in Paris from where she loves to create everything related to the children’s market.
Many of her designs are inspired by her own childhood, by long forest walks or sketching in Parisian parcs or visiting flea markets and some of the amazing toy stores in Paris. From her hand drawn sketches she develops cute, whimsical and happy patterns or illustrations which have been licensed across the globe for wallpaper, stationery such as birth announcements, baby shower and birthday invitations, temporary tattoos for children, posters or e-cards.
Sarah is now very excited about her first fabric collection with Cloud9 Fabrics and hopes you will enjoy her designs!
Our newest designer will be bringing us our first Christmas-themed collection later this year. Her sweet illustrations are soft and vibrant, cheery and comforting. Perfect for the season! But she has lots of other things to offer, too. Learn more about Jo Clark.
Jo graduated from the Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Children’s book illustration. Since graduating “Jo Clark Design”, a greetings card business, was launched in her home studio. The business has developed over the years and now she supplies many shops and galleries around the UK with her cards and gift products.
Jo’s ever-growing range of designs featuring cute animals, vegetables (yes, vegetables) full of personality and charm, really are he perfect way to brighten someone’s day. Jo has illustrated for books and giftware ranges, as well as exclusive designs for retailers.
Her fresh, bright designs are created using marker pen, graphite and pencil, which gives the hand drawn quality to her work.. It’s the instant flat mark making that she enjoys about the medium, along with the bleed of the ink on the white paper. The illustrations are scanned and backgrounds cleaned, but digital processing is minimum to retain the natural organic pencil line and the delicate edges.
No prizes for guessing that Jo is passionate about animals and nature, they are her main source of inspiration. Along with taking walks in the country, urban exploring or browsing the antique shops looking for treasures, it all goes into the creative process, some how.
This has been one heck of a month: holding on to secrets is not our strong suit! But finally, we can announce our latest collaboration. Last year, our Director of Operations, Gina Pantastico, visited Australia, and while she was there, she dropped in on these talented ladies in their amazing studio. We are so pleased to be bringing Ink + Spindle to the quilting world at large. You’re all in for a real treat! Their’s is a business that has been a source of inspiration and admiration for the Cloud9 principals since day one and we’re so happy to be working together. Their debut collection with us will be revealed at Quilt Market this May.
Ink & Spindle is a small, boutique textile studio located in the old Younghusband Wool Store in Kensington, Melbourne. Owned and run by designers Caitlin & Lara they design and hand screen print organic meterage on their 10m printing table. Their fabrics are most often found in the home in the form of cushions, lamps, upholstery and window furnishings.
Caitlin and Lara draw inspiration from Australia’s native flora & fauna, and also the energy of the urban environment in Melbourne. They design for longevity – rather than following current design or fashion trends too closely they aim to develop beautiful textiles that will fit in your life for many years to come.
They love working within the limitations of screen printing and hand printing, with all of their designs requiring only one or two colour separations. They use overprinting, screen flips and displacements to create beautiful results from only a single screen.
Their textiles are mainly sold as metreage, kits and a small range of homewares. When it comes to finished product they love to collaborate with fellow local creatives! Their textiles can be found around Melbourne & Australia made in to bags, lampshades, homewares and much, much more thanks to the amazing skills of a range of talented people.
Find Ink & Spindle on Instagram at @inkandspindle_
Prior to Ink & Spindle, Lara established her design career working as a web and graphic designer under her own name. Frustrated by the limitations of digital mediums she began experimenting with surface design & textiles, receiving lots of positive feedback and support via her personal blog. Co-founding Ink & Spindle was a natural progression that allowed Lara to engage with her creative output in a more tactile manner, whist enjoying the technical challenges of the medium.
Find Lara on Instagram at @laracameron
Caitlin is a multidisciplinary designer who studied Interior Design at Griffith University then completed a post grad in Landscape Architecture at Melbourne University. She worked as a Landscape Architect until the birth of her second child when she started her own Textile Design label, pippijoe. With her three children now at school and kinder, she enjoys spending her days designing and creating beautiful things in the Ink & Spindle studio after joining the team in 2014.
Find Caitlin on Instagram at @caitlinklooger