Colourful branded fabrics from Free Spirit

Just one thing helps combat dreary, cold days: a proper dose of colour. And the Free Spirit collections offer this in abundance. The high-quality cotton fabrics are perfect for your creative ideas. Whether a cushion or a patchwork throw, an airy blouse or a summer dress – you can use the item you’re working on now to coax summer in during springtime! Or perhaps you’re already enjoying the colourful décor in your living room.
Free Spirit branded fabrics

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Interview with Dena Design

Recently, we’ve been able to bring you gorgeous cotton fabrics from the houses of the two Free Spirit designers Dena Designs and Heather Bailey. Since you’re bound to want to know who these designers are and what inspires their designs, we asked both of them a few questions that they have answered for you here. Interview with Dena Design Name: Dena Fishbein
Date of Birth: 03. Jan
Place of Living: Lafayette, California
Education: BFA, University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)
Philosophy of life: Be passionate about what you do every day

1. How did you start working as a textile designer?
I started working as a textile designer right after my programme of study. I had never studied textile design formally, but I saw an advertisement in the paper for freelance textile designers and thought to myself, yes, I’ll put a couple of designs together and see if anyone’s interested. I bought some paints and a little paintbrush and off I went. I thought it would be hard and cumbersome, but it came to me quite naturally. All I could keep saying to myself was, “Wow! This is great! I really like what I’m doing!” And that’s how it all started.

2. Describe a typical day of work in your studio.
On a typical working day, I look at my e-mails and then do some research on the computer for around an hour, looking at various Pinterest pinboards and unearthing other inspiring images. I try to paint every day. I have two wonderful women who work alongside me, Kristin and Heidi; we work on designs together. I do all the drawing work, and they process the images on the computer.

What’s your most important tool for the design work?

My most important work resource is my paintbrush.

How do your private personality and your designs cooperate? Does your personality influence your designs?

My personality and my designs are complementary. I live my life and am surrounded by things that I love. I see my house as a type of art project. I’m constantly changing little details, painting furniture and adding little trinkets that I discover at flea markets. I’m happy if I can make little changes to my house or studio every week. It’s a work in progress. I am a happy person and when I paint I aim to express this sense of happiness through my designs. I love colour and I love to combine floral motifs and geometric shapes to create a fresh, cheerful look.

What was your first moment of success as a textile designer?
During the first year, when I started to design textiles, I was extremely fortunate. I think the fact that I was an inexperienced painter really did help me. I had a naive approach and that set me apart from other designers and gave me a style of my own. That year, my bed linen designs made it to the cover of a Macy’s catalogue, while my furnishing fabrics were on the cover of a textiles magazine. I could scarcely believe my eyes when I saw my designs in print! I am so grateful for the luck I encountered right in the beginning. It gave me the self-confidence I needed to continue to work as hard as I possibly could. You never know what you can do till you try!

"Thanks very much for the interview, Dena!

Do you want to find out more about Dena Designs and Heather Bailey? If so, take a look at their websites where you’ll find even more information on them."

Dena Designs and Heather Bailey – Free Spirit designers now also at myfabrics.co.uk

New and exclusive just for you – our new Free Spirit designers at myfabrics.co.uk You’re so blown away by the free Spirit designers that we’ve included a further two designers in our range. Dena Fishbein of Dena Designs and Heather Bailey are synonymous with high-quality, colourful prints in the well-known Free Spirit range. While Heather Bailey tends to favour geometric, simple designs, the designs of Dena exhibit a magnificent profusion of flowers, plants and animal motifs in fresh colours.

New Free Spirit collections just in!

Colourful and particularly high-quality –  New cotton variants from the Free Spirit collections In April, we brought you the collections of the Free Spirit designers Anna Maria Horner and Joel Dewberry, and because you liked the collections so much, we've included the new collections in our range just for you! The designers have remained true to their own sense of style: some of their most successful designs have been rendered in other colours, inspired by what they have encountered on their travels, in nature and in life – all in the definitively high-quality cotton variant, of course! Discover the new "Pretty Potent" collection by Anna Maria Horner and the "Birch Farm" collection by Joel Dewberry right now!

Interview with Joel Dewberry

Recently we have added the fabric collections by the designers of the Free Spirit brand namely Joel Dewberry and Anna Maria Honer. Since you're probably interested who the designers are and what inspires their designs we asked them some questions and they kindly answered them. Interview with Joel Dewberry Name: Joel Dewberry
Date of Birth: December 12, 1974
Place of Living: Perry, Utah (small fruit farming town in northern Utah)
Education: BFA Graphic Design – BYU, MBA – Rollins College
Philosophy of life: The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.

How did you start working as a textile designer?
I started working as a textile designer in 2007 after I was invited by Westminster Fibers to submit an introductory fabric collection to “test the waters” and see if my aesthetic and style would be well received. Seven years later, I'm still designing textiles and have the pleasure of doing something that I love.

Describe a typical day of work in your studio.
A typical day of work in my studio consists of reading and answering emails, fulfilling and shipping pattern and fabric orders, planning designs for new collections, ideating projects to showcase my new fabric designs and trying to gauge where the industry is moving. Interspersed are many moments of interruptions from kids (which I welcome), conversations with friends and family, and time set aside to experiment with pen and ink, pencil sketching, photography and paint.

What’s your most important tool for the design work?
By far my most important tool for design work is my sketchbook. It is my creative diary. It captures magical moments, ideas and is my catch all for organizing my thoughts and the creative directions I want to pursue.

How do your private personality and your designs cooperate? Does your personality influence your designs?
How can it not. I feel it is disingenuine to try and separate the two or perhaps it is just easier to be myself as seen through my designs. I enjoy making my current designs a reflection of how I see life at that time. An expression of what is meaningful to me, where I see beauty, and what has caught my attention.

What was your first moment of success as a textile designer?
My first moment of success as a textile designer was to see that first yard of fabric printed. It signified to me my status as a visual author. I was moved by my design being in a tangible, tactile form that would be used by other creatives.

Thanks a lot to Joel for the interview!

You want to know even more about Joel Dewberry or Anna Maria Horner? Then check their websites, where you find even more information about the textile designers.

The ‘Free Spirit’ collection by Joel Dewberry has now arrived at myfabrics.co.uk

The 'Free Spirit' brand by Coats stands for creative design with exceptional uniqueness. As diverse as the brand's different designers are, as varied are the collections. Trendy and fashionable, however, are all of these high-quality cotton fabrics, which makes them perfect for any creative soul. The 'Free Spirit' collection by Joel Dewberry has now arrived at myfabrics.co.uk New in our collection: fabrics by well-known designer Joel Dewberry. Just for you we have added his recent collection to our brand fabrics category. The designs are inspired by Joel Dewberry's view on life and strike us with their expressive colours and designs. The imagery if often reminiscent of the past, yet modern and current due to the choice of colours. Browse the different designs and compile your favourite combination. It's entirely up to you if you want a fabric for pillows, bags, or clothing. This high-quality cotton can make all dreams come true! More about this designer will follow shortly as he has agreed to answer a few questions for us!

‘Free Spirit’ collection by Anna Maria Horner now available at myfabrics.co.uk

The 'Free Spirit' brand by Coats stands for creative design with exceptional uniqueness. As diverse as the brand's different designers are, as varied are the collections. Trendy and fashionable, however, are all of these high-quality cotton fabrics, which makes them perfect for any creative soul. Free Spirit' collection by Anna Maria Horner now available at myfabrics.co.uk We have added designs by Anna Maria Horner to our brand fabrics category. The designs are marked by living colours and creative patterns. Hence, they're not only suitable for patchwork ideas but also for unique apparel and bags. Let the colours and patterns seduce you and experience yourself, how much fun it is to work with these fabrics! More about this designer will follow shortly as she has agreed to answer a few questions for us!