I was teaching at a retreat earlier this month at Lake Beauty. It is a wonderful camp which brings quilters from all over the country.
I get my own private cabin which is so conveniently located next to the Rec Center where most of the sewing takes place.
It is actually a gym which is really a great sewing area, lots of room and good lighting.
The walls are tackable so you can make your own design wall.
The electricity has been seriously amplified so that all the machines and irons stay on without blowing a fuse. They also provide lots of extra tall tables for cutting, layering quilts, basting and more. The sewing area also stays open 24 hours so you can sew as much as you like!
I was teaching the Flair Fiesta quilt and many of the ladies were working on it. As you might know there is a lot of Scandinavian heritage in Minnesota....a fact that I didn´t know until I moved here. I always wondered why I fit in so well!!
Anyway, many of the ladies mentioned how the quilt has a subtle Scandinavian look and the panel print that is used in it really reminded them of Rosemaling, which is a form of folk art decorative painting which originated in Norway.
It was so interesting to me because Rosemaling was not in my brain when I was designing the line. It made me think about these questions that I get all the time as a designer....
"Where do you get inspiration from? Do you include Icelandic and Scandinavian influence in your design?"
These are sometimes hard to answer because I get inspiration from everything! Sometimes I don´t even know where it came from, I just start working on something and things just develop until I like them.
The second question is very interesting to me because I have people tell me all the time that they see the Icelandic influence in my designs. Honestly, if they see it, it must be true....but most of the time I don´t do it on purpose. It´s one of those things that just happens. I start doodling some motifs and more than likely what comes out on the page is something that I have experienced, seen or lived with, without me intentionally drawing that. Does this make sense to you?
Back to the Rosemaling...I had never put that together with my Flair fabric and was kind of surprised when they started talking about it. Then I saw this piano in the Lake Beauty dining hall, with this gorgeous rosemaling on it. And then I could totally see what they were talking about, the swirls and the flowers. There really is something to this...or what?
What do you think? Do you think that your heritage influences what you like and create without you even thinking about it?
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