5 Questions with Brook Gossen

Get to know Brook Gossen, the designer of Happy Days which is now arriving in stores. Her bright and colorful designs are sure to make you smile!

Brook Gossen is an artist, surface designer and illustrator who works from her home studio in Meanjin/Brisbane, Australia. She creates fun, colourful, feel-good artworks and simply hopes to brighten the day of anyone who may see her work.She is inspired by the small moments of joy one experiences throughout the day, like fluffy clouds floating in a blue sky, a pretty flower picked while on a walk, the laughter of her children.

Brook’s simple and naive, yet energetic and positive designs can be seen on the thoughtful products of the wonderful companies she collaborates with across the globe. From planners and giftware to clothing and accessories, to homewares to pet products, plus many more, her art can bring a little joy to your day too.

5 Questions with Helen Bowler

Get to know designer Helen Bowler, whose Winter Wonderland is now hitting stores. The colder months are fast approaching and Helen is cheerfully easing us into the spirit with this quilter’s weight holiday collection!

Helen is an artist, originally from England, now living in New Zealand. She and her husband emigrated to NZ and they’ve lived in Auckland for the last 20 years. She loves creating surface pattern designs from her home studio overlooking a gorgeous park in St Heliers.

She kept up with her creativity while her two children were small, firstly producing a range of New Zealand Bird Greetings cards. Then later designing and making a range of kids coloring cushions and toys. This was fun but her true passion is designing surface pattern prints, so she’s back doing what she loves.

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A Message from our Co-Founders

Earth Day, April 22, 2022

A message from Michelle Engel and Gina Pantastico,
Co-founders and Co-owners, Cloud9 Fabrics

We founded Cloud9 with a commitment to producing organic cotton fabrics and we have been doing so for over 13 years. You may not often hear us talk about our motivation, but it is not because it’s unimportant. From our perspective, it is just what we do and we don’t feel the need to boast about something that makes us who we are. Right now, however, we will take a moment to pat ourselves on the back, because over these last few years it has been a struggle to keep a business like ours afloat. As you probably know, organic cotton is more expensive to produce and therefore more costly to buy. Global rising inflation increases it further. Yet, despite the challenges we have stayed the course on products that are less harmful to the environment and we remain committed to thoughtful sourcing and production practices. Our world could use more kindness and compassion, and we genuinely feel that in our small way we contribute to that.

We feel great joy in offering beautifully-designed, high-quality fabrics with a conscience. Based on our history of success, we can see that you value our efforts, too.

Cloud9 continues for one main reason: You. We are grateful for the support you’ve given us. Thank you for the encouragement to go forward even when we felt it was a challenge. You give us optimism for the future.

When purchasing Cloud9 products, you are supporting a team of seven energetic women who drive Cloud9 through their boundless talents. Consider all the things that need to happen in order to run an international fabric company: design, production, sales, distribution, marketing and communication. All of that, and more, is  carried out by just a handful of committed people. We hope it’s apparent that all of us here love what we do. 

When we, Michelle and Gina, struck out on our own, we promised ourselves to create a pleasant working environment in reaction to the hectic 9-6 jobs we held in New York City for years. We value family, mental health, flexibility and down time, for ourselves and our team. Even during the pandemic, we tried to float above the current with resiliency and lightness. We did what we could to keep the product moving, but we always put our staff first despite the challenging setbacks of the times. We are so thankful to each of the hard-working women who helped us keep our fabric available to you.

After 13 years, we are delighted with the business and work environment we have created, the connections and relationships we have built, and the product we continue to produce. And we’ll say it: we’re proud of ourselves; two women who wanted to do our part for the world by producing mindful materials.

At Cloud9, there are three ideals we strive to stand behind.

MINDFULNESS – Life is a series of choices. What we choose to say, how we act and what we do have impact. The products we choose to use matter. Being MINDFUL requires a moment of reflection or contemplation in order to put one’s best foot forward and it rewards all.

KINDNESS is imperative when we interact with all living creatures including ourselves. Unfortunately, we haven’t always shown kindness to the Earth. Although she can be amazingly resilient, that does not give us license to abuse the planet we call home.

CONSIDERATION – Being CONSIDERATE is placing the interests of others before one’s own. A thoughtful word, an outstretched hand or a moment of empathy enriches us far more than living only for ourselves. Choosing practices that are less damaging to the Earth benefits us all and is an experience that can feed the soul.

Thanks for listening. We have to get back to work!

— Michelle and Gina

Now in Stores | Creatures Great and Small by Beck Ng

This collection is a celebration of all the creatures, no matter how great or small that we share this world with. It’s also a reminder that we all have a part to play to protect these living creatures for generations to come.

Phoebe Bag by Rebeka Lambert
Girls Dress – Simplicity 6039
Drawstring Fish Bag by Cloud9 Fabrics {free project!}
Mexican Tiles Quilt by Michelle Engel {free project!}
Summer Day Top by Made Everyday
Weebraw Bag by Laura Cunningham

Now in Stores | Dragons & Lanterns by Kate Merritt

“This collection was inpsired by a project I did about ‘Kabuki’, which is a type of Japanese theatre. I love the symmetry in the Japanese traditional prints and the dramatic portrayal of mythical beasts especially dragons.”

Big Fold Up & Fat Quarter Fold Up Baskets by Sew Can She
Lottie Blouse by Simple Sew
Military Style Brompton Hat by Sew Girl
Gertie Skirt by Blog for Better Sewing
Feliz Dress by Straightgrain
Somerset Tote Bag by Sotak Handmade
Jubilee Quilt {Variation} – Free Project!
by Cloud9 Fabrics

Now in Stores | Plant Peeps by Meenal Patel

A mysterious and dreamy collection full of petals, plants and peeping eyes. Look a little closer for the wondrous, magical details found intertwined in nature.

Geranium Dress pattern by Made by Rae
Schoolhouse Tunic pattern by Sew Liberated
Dish Towel & Pot Holder
Pivot Quilt pattern by Modern Handcraft
Portside Dopp Kit pattern by Grainline Studio

Now in Stores | Spring Reverie by Carrie Shryock

With a mixture of botanical elements and bold geometrics, this collection is a sophisticated take on growth and abundance, and the renewal that comes with the changing seasons. Meant to draw just a touch of attention, Spring Reverie is bold and fresh, and a little bit retro.

All images below are of our Reverie Jacket, available at the Cloud9 Marketplace.

Ripe and Ready
Wildest Dreams
Orchard Lane
Spring Reverie
Come into Bloom
Orchard Lane

Make it Sew | Bottle Gift Bag

Print instructions. Download Here.

This free project is suitable for any occasion, but we wanted to get festive with Tinsel by Clairice Gifford. An easy and fashionable Bottle Gift Bag would be perfect for a house warming, birthday or anniversary! It’s quickly becoming one of our personal go-to projects.