Designer Tidbits: Amy Schimler

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Amy Schimler to the Jolly Jabber. Amy's latest fabric collection is Fly Away from Robert Kaufman.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Fly Away collection?
A: The original print was the large flying birds with clouds print – It was an illustration I did in Photoshop that I printed myself at first to see how it translated to fabric. I then proposed it to Robert Kaufman and developed a group of prints around it.

Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A: Blackbird by the Beatles.

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite?
A: Aside from the birds I would have to say the butterflies, they are so happy.

Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: This is going to sound very lame, but I have three patterns waiting to be completed – for many months - and haven’t had time. I know I shouldn’t complain, but I have been extremely busy with illustration jobs and developing two more collections for RK. I plan on making a pillowcase with the birds, and two summery dresses with coordinating bloomers.

Q: If this collection had a scent to it, what would it be?
A: Spring Rain.

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: It is a little too early to show you (here is a teeny sneak peek) and I am not sure which will be released next - but I just worked on a jungle group and an animal mix group, both of which I am very excited about. I will be sharing soon, I hope. The first of these will be released in Oct ‘12.

Q: If you had a mascot, what animal would it be?
A: A flamingo. This flamingo illustration is by my son when he was 4 years old, one of my favorites.

Q: Who is your favorite celebrity?
A: Audrey Hepburn – for her grace, her humility, and her generosity. I love how gracefully she aged!

Q: If we were making a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
A: Well, I hate to be redundant but it would have to be Audrey.

Q: Who is your favorite fabric designer not including yourself?
A: Fujiwo Ishimoto (Marimekko)

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