The creative impetus for Mezzanine traces back to some memorable experiences from the early days of my burgeoning graphic design career. Back in the late 90's, prior to husband and kids (was there a time before kids?), I was a graphic designer for a large multinational company. They asked me if I'd be interested in relocating to their new branch in the Netherlands to help set up the creative department. I've always had a bit of a travel bug, so of course i said yes immediately.
I arrived in in the winter of 1998 and took a commuter plane to a small city in the South of the country named Eindhoven. I spent 3 months training Dutch designers, buying equipment & software and exploring my surroundings by bike. At the end of my stay, Jon (who was still my boyfriend at the time) flew out and met me for a 2 week vacation or what the local natives call a "Holiday". We rented a tiny car and wound our way through the lovely sites of & France. Of course being a photo freak who had sat through her fair share of art history classes in college, I took hundreds of pictures of architectural elements... think cathedrals, theaters, museums, castles... you name it! I just love that Old World European look!
Mezzanine was inspired by all the fabulous stonework, ironwork, terraces, gardens, tapestries, etc. we saw and photographed during our travels through this beautiful part of .
Below are a few creative projects I've completed to give you an idea of scale. You may notice I have a thing for circles. They seem to pop up everywhere from my fabric designs to the sewn projects I make with my fabric designs...
Here is my Frida sewing pattern (View A with Capped sleeves option) paired up with the Sophie 3-Way Pants (View C) and Mezzanine... what a combo!
Loving these chunky, yummy baby feet!
Hope you've enjoyed the tour. If you are headed to Pittsburgh for the Spring International Quilt Market in a couple of weeks, please stop by and see me at booth #2531.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009