Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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)


Kathy Weller said...

I love Amy's designs!!! So much fun!!

Red Fish Circle said...

Hey thanks Kathy, I am a big fan of yours as well. Thanks Jolly Jabber for this fun interview and blog post.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Best interview ever - Amy has amazing designs!

sue z said...

I really enjoyed this interview Amy. I love your artwork. What a darling collection!

JanetK said...

Great interview! I Amy's fabrics - I'm in love with those birds!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Oh my goodness... that fabric line would be PERFECT to do something for the baby's room.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Pássaros são sempre inspiradores,soltos então...Parabéns.