There is a lot of fabric out there in the quilting world, and it can be hard for artists to stand out from the crowd. Anna Maria Horner seeks to change that with her new project, Conservatory. Since its launch at spring 2018 Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon, this new initiative from Anna Maria and Free Spirit Fabrics has the quilt world buzzing with excitement. Here’s what you should know about Conservatory!
Conservatory is a new fabric initiative headed by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics. Anna Maria selected four artists (in addition to herself) to each design a collection of fabric representative of their respective unique art style. The collections are separate from each other, but contain complementary colorways so they can be mixed together in a pleasing way. The first batch of prints, called Chapter 1 “Pathways,” has three collections– Vestige by Bookhou, Savernake Road by Monika Forsberg, and English Summer by Anna Maria.
Giving the premier schoolhouse (opening presentation for the attendees at Quilt Market,) Anna Maria talked about how the talent of each of these individual artists inspired her to create Conservatory. Their attention to detail and fine art skills make for fabric that’s not only interesting and beautiful, but also created with quilting and sewing in mind. Each individual line also has a corresponding quilt pattern that can be purchased.
Each of the designers Anna Maria selected to design for Conservatory– Arounna Khounnoraj (Bookhou) and Monika Forsberg for Chapter 1, Courtney Cerruti and Nathalie Lete for Chapter 2 have a large fan base and years of experience making art for both gallery and consumer. One of the things we find the most interesting about the collections is the way each one is undeniably unique, yet loosely tied together in colorways. This makes for fun fabric pulls to make quilts that look cohesive and organic without being too “matchy-matchy.”
Here at Pink Castle Fabrics, we’re excited to welcome Conservatory: Chapter 1 this fall 2018, with Chapter 2 arriving in spring 2019. Stay tuned to this blog for more information on each designer and collection as the release date draws closer!