"When I was two, my mom found me all tangled up in a basket of her needlepoint yarns and I've been an artist ever since," Carrie Bloomston says about her long career as an artist. At twelve, she owned a t-shirt splatter-painting business that she ran from her back porch...selling to local Birmingham, Alabama shops. By seventeen, she had her first successful one-woman show of abstract paintings and used her earnings to help pay for her tuition at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA in Painting.
After art school, Carrie moved out west to pursue a life of art-school-girl recovery...which she has successfully accomplished. Now, many years later and with a wonderful husband and two kids in tow, Carrie is up to something new again: sewing, designing, and creating art with fabric for her company, SUCH DESIGNS. Her newest line of patterns is designed to help people to celebrate their inner artist.
To Carrie it has always been important to help people know how innately creative and talented they are, "We are all nearly as talented as we once were as children...we just have to undo all the voices within us that have told us over the years that we can not draw or paint or make stuff. Have you ever heard a child say they could not make something? Nope. Exactly. My sewing patterns are fun and easy to read but they also encourage people to make artful choices and to have fun exploring fabrics, colors, and stitching."
Her I'll Huff & I'll Puff Finger Puppets are a super-fun and fresh interpretation of the Three Little Pigs as felt finger puppets. The pattern includes the three pigs (one of which is a feminista princess in a tutu...she owns the brick house!)
The Wonky Little Houses Pillow Pattern is a fun collaged and pieced fabric pillow with adorable little houses.
"The archetype of the little house has always resonated with me...not the perfect house with the perfect white fence...but the real, crooked, funky house and all of its creative charm... complete with a big big bird perched on its roof."
Each pattern has its own flickr group so you can share your pictures of your creations!
Read more about Carrie at her blog.
P.S. The Aviary 2 fabric line by Joel Dewberry (featured in the post below) would be a perfect fabric to use for the bird!