Thursday, November 17, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Jenean Morrison


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Jenean Morrison to the Jolly Jabber. Jenean’s latest fabric collection is Power Pop from Free Spirit Fabrics.




Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Power Pop collection?
A: This collection was inspired by power pop music and pop art. While many of my collections have been inspired by music and art, Power Pop is a celebration of the two coming together in a more literal, explosive and joyous way.

Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A: My collection does have a soundtrack! I love “power pop” music, and each pattern was named for either a power pop artist or song, like “Big Star,” named after the classic Memphis band, and “Dream All Day,” a song by The Posies.

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite?
A: My absolute favorite is JM54 Clique in Strawberry. I had so much fun creating this pattern. The repeat was particularly complicated, and I am always up for a challenge like this. I love the patchwork look ––more than any of the other prints–– and I am looking forward to seeing the creative ways that people work this one into their projects.




Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: My favorite project is this lamp I made for my booth this year at the International Quilt Market. It was a simple no-sew project, and I was able to use every SKU in the collection. I think it gives people a great feel for the entire line.




Q: What is your favorite part of working in the fabric industry?
A: I love the design side. Designing an entire collection of coordinating fabrics is one of my favorite things to do. I feel like I get to use all of my artistic skills and strengths, and it is extremely fulfilling. And on the other end of the process, once the fabrics are produced, I get to see what all the creative folks out there do with them. Connecting with others in this way and seeing what they make with my fabrics is very rewarding!

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: I just received the first round of strike-offs, so it’ll be a little while before Free Spirit and I share them. But I’ll be reveal the collection soon. I’m very excited about this one --it has a really fresh color palette, and it includes my first border print!

Q: What is your absolute favorite thing in your house?
A: I love this huge window in our house––and the view. The dogwood’s color changes through the seasons always inspire me.




Q: Which project stands out in your memory as your all-time favorite?
A: For the Fall 2010 Quilt Market I decoupaged a cruiser-style bicycle with fabrics from my Wild World collection. It was such a fun project!




Q: Where do you do your best thinking? Can we see a photo of your studio?
A: There is a great little corner of my home studio. I’ve put my favorite chair there next to a couple of shelves of design books. I love to curl up with design books or magazines and take some time to relax and get inspired.




Q: What is your favorite snack food?
A: Salmon and Triscuits!

Q: What is your one guilty pleasure in life?
A: Lifetime movies. I prefer the thrillers, not the romantic or sentimental ones. These are such a pleasure, I don’t even know if I feel guilty about it. Why feel guilty about something that gives you pleasure?


5 comments:

Stitched With Prayer said...

Gorgeous fabrics Jenean! AND, I agree 100% with you about the guilty pleasure thing...Why feel guilty about it if you enjoy it??? After all, it's just a TV show, LOL. I don't watch a lot of TV but what I do watch, I don't feel guilt about it. But I do feel guilty if I don't pick up some stitching and work on it while I watch, hehehe!!! Hugs...

Kelsey said...

So nice to read about Jenean! I am working on a quilt right now of all fabrics from the Wild World line and I'm in love with it :) Can't wait to make something from Power Pop too!

Char said...

Can't wait to see the new line! I'm still holding onto some Picnic Parade.

Jo said...

I am really enjoying your Power Pop line, and am waiting to see what comes next, I am sure it will be just as fun and wonderful. As long as I am not hurting anyone else I have decided not to feel guilty about any of lifes pleasures, it takes the fun out of them!

Jenean said...

Thank you for having me on the Jolly Jabber! It is such a delight to be featured here. I loved these fun interview questions. And thank you guys for all the kind comments about the line (and past lines)--I appreciate that so much!