Introducing "Urban Artifacts"!
As we edge steadily closer to Fall Quilt Market next month in Houston, TX, I feel the time is finally here to let you in on my little secret: I am debuting my first line of prints with the fabulous RJR Fabrics!
I can't link you directly to the swatches on the RJR website as I think they want to wait until we are closer to the official launch in Houston. In the meantime, I will be showing some little peeks of
the wide variety of quilts and other objects that are being created using the line. If you haven't already, please follow me on Instagram at @leslietuckerjenison. Also: I will be Pinning swatches, quilts, and other objects that have been created with the prints on a Pinterest board, so check it all out!
As many of you know, I have been a surface design artist for over 16 years. As time has passed, the process of creating unique cloth prints and solids has become an important layer of my work. The fabrics in Urban Artifacts represent textural prints that I made using dye, paper laminated to fabric with gel medium, soy wax, and all sorts of really unconventional things to achieve the wide variety of textural elements.
The process of working with the wonderful people at RJR has been quite lovely. I have learned a great deal about the arc of the project, from idea to printed yardage. I couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome. My hope is that these prints will appeal to all sorts of makers: quilters of every style, bag designers, wearables.....I've even seen two teddy bears made from Urban Artifacts (and the truly incredible thing is that I was one of the bear-makers)! That is noteworthy because I was completely out of my comfort zone: I had never constructed a teddy bear before. (Side note: if you find yourself attending the International Quilt Market and/or Festival my bear will be part of the Rare Bear display in the convention center. The collection of bears will be auctioned off to raise money and awareness for Rare Science, an organization that supports research for rare childhood cancers).
Please stop by The Quilt Show site for more information.
Urban Artifacts has 4 color "stories": teal, rose, curry, and neutral.
I am happy to share this news with you. Please stop by again for updates. I hope you will be interested in purchasing these fabrics and I REALLY hope that you will share your projects with me!