Spring Promise

I wrote the entry, below, for the Blend Fabrics blog today. I thought I would also publish it here: Hi everyone! My name is Ana Davis, and I am an artist, Creative Director, illustrator, and pattern designer. I began knitting, crocheting and sewing when I was 6.

Dad and Ana
Dad and Ana

I studied various forms of art throughout lower, middle and high school, and I have always been obsessed with color.

I often dream about color, and have for as long as I can remember. In one dream from my childhood, I entered a room where there was a wall full of tiny, white drawers. As I opened the drawers, I found that each one was filled with intricate objects of a single color. I opened every single drawer, just for the surprise and pleasure of seeing the color they contained.

My love of color and creation led me to a fine art major in college. I spent years in the printmaking, painting, and drawing studios. I still love to draw, and a favorite summer pastime of mine is sketching the flowers in our garden.

Peonies
Peonies

While working toward my undergraduate degree, I also studied three-dimensional art. In keeping with my preoccupation with pattern design and sewing, I managed to cast patterns in bronze, and sew pillows and quilts for my sculpture classes. In the midst of the conceptual art movement of the 90s, sewing was very much out of step. But since then, the disciplines I have so loved since my childhood have been embraced with renewed respect.

These days, it seems that everywhere I look there is a groundswell of excitement for the ingenuity, craftsmanship, and utter beauty of quilts and crafts. It is a thrill to be involved with these movements, and an honor to have my fabrics available to the incredible artists who might use them.

My first fabric collection for Blend is called Spring Promise:

Spring Promise
Spring Promise

I hope you like my designs, and I can't wait for the pleasure and surprise of seeing the intricate objects they become. Happy creating, everyone!

Ana