Wow what a week, where did it go? Friday is upon us and it is time for Fabric Friday! Today I am going to feature another Freespirit Fabric designer, Valori Wells.
Valori was introduced to fabric from an early age, as her mother, a quilting fan, opened The Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon, which Valori now co-owns. However Valori grew to also love photography and led her to study a B.A. (Hons.) in Fine Arts, focussing on black and white photography, at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Graduating in 1997 Valori received the school's 'Outstanding Photographer of the Year' award.
With her love for photography and printmaking Valori has designed patterns for fabric for over ten years. Drawing on inspiration from her photographs and the landscape in Central Oregon Valori produces fantastic design, often in bold large prints.
In 1999 Valori joined her mother at The Stitchin' Post and has established a knitting department and created an extensive website. By being involved directly with quilters Valori can draw on their needs for projects when designing new textiles.
Aswell as designing fabric and being involved with The Stichin' Post Valori has written three books, 'Simple Start, Stunning Finish', 'Radiant New York Beauties' and 'Stitch 'n' Flip'. She has also collaborated with her mother on three titles and the pair have just completed a series called 'Oh So Easy' and has co-authored 'Lifestyle' with her friend, Carolyn Spencer.
I always feel inspired when I write Fabric Friday, whilst we often just think of the fabrics, the designers seem to be busy with many other projects and Valori Wells is no exception.