Thursday, October 9, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Athena by Angela Walters

Hey everyone! Today, we're swooning over Angela Walter's newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Athena. Named after the mythical goddess of the arts and classic Greek architecture, Athena will transport you to the warm Mediterranean. 

Q: Tell us a little about the Athena collection. What were you inspired by?
A: My last collection, Drift, was inspired by a place, tropical St. John. With Athena, I was inspired by the cool blues of the Mediterranean and beautiful Greece. I tried to combine that with my favorite machine quilting designs. I couldn't be more proud of it!

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A: When designing a collection, I start by flipping through my sketchbook. It's a book that I have on me all the time (you never know when inspiration will strike). I start pulling the designs together from there. I usually save the color for the last. Since this is only my 4th collection, I am still trying to find my ideal process.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a designer?
A: It's hard to pick just one! I love when the collection is finished, When I have sent it off and all I can do is cross my fingers and hope for a good response. I also love, love, love seeing what people make with it. The creativity of the people in this industry is amazing!

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Athena?
A: I am a quilter through and through, so the thought of making clothing is so daunting to me. I hope to see people make some fun skirts, dresses and bags with the collection. That way, I can live vicariously through their projects!!