Thursday, January 30, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Marcia Derse

Interview with Marcia Derse, fabric designer and artist. Featuring Mosaic fabric collection for Wilmington Prints

Marcia Derse's new fabric collection mixes color, movement, and texture. These fabrics are inspired by the tiles in a mosaic and incorporate her hand dyed motifs. If you are looking for an interesting new collection to play with, try Mosaic by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics. To spark your creativity, Marcia is here to tell you more about the collection. Keep reading for a closer look!


Q: Tell us a little about the Mosaic collection. What were you inspired by?
A: My latest collection, Mosaic was inspired by a project my son recently did. He created a fridge puzzle in the style of a roman mosaic. The puzzle is beautiful but insanely difficult. Looking at his little tiles on the fridge prompted me to pull together other inspiration, a book on Pompeiian mosaics, a postcard of a tiled floor that was in my studio, piles of broken pottery that I keep around long after the plate has broken. From there the collection took shape.

Mosaic Fabric Collection by Marcia Derse for Wilmington Prints

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A: I start with a knock-out piece of fabric that speaks to me with color, design, or sometimes both. Then I revisit every piece of fabric in my stash, opening each one up, making piles of favorites that relate to the inspiration piece in some way. Every surface in my studio, tables and floor, is covered with piles of fabric for a day or two until I start to edit and organize the unused fabrics back into color coordinated stacks. Mosaic started with the charcoal tiles fabric that was hand-dyed and stamped with resist & over-dyed.

Mosaic Fabric Collection by Marcia Derse for Wilmington PrintsMosaic Fabric Collection by Marcia Derse for Wilmington Prints

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Mosaic?
A: Honestly, I am always humbled and amazed to see what people create with my fabrics. I’ve seen some truly wonderful quilts, sculptures, clothes, and shoes made with my fabric but right now I am most keen to see my fabric on furniture. I’ve dabbled a little in upholstering found furniture pieces in my fabric and I am really excited about the result. If anyone has any furniture projects please send along pictures. I’d love to see it.

Turnstile Quilt Kit featuring Mosaic Fabric by Marcia Derse for Wilmington Prints
Turnstile Quilt Kit featuring Mosaic fabric
Turnstile Quilt Kit featuring Mosaic Fabric by Marcia Derse for Wilmington Prints
Turnstile Quilt Kit featuring Mosaic fabric
Q: What projects have you made using Mosaic?
A: The first thing I created was a fabric mosaic of a bird. A very literal use but I wanted to bring it right back to the inspiration. Even using tiny squares the marks of the fabric were quite obvious.

Inspiration for Mosaic fabric collection by Marcia Derse for Wilmington Prints

Q: How do you describe your style?
A: Organized eye candy.

2 comments:

Karen Johnson said...

LOVE this collection! Just bought both FQ sampler packs - quilting candy!

Jenn4653 said...

Love this collection! Organized eye candy is right!