Today, I had the privilege of going to have a nosey at a rather exciting fabric archive!
In brief; Last year, Cheryl, a friend from the local creative group I go to, inherited a fabric archive from New York. It was where she had completed a years work placement years ago as a student, and when the owner retired from her position last year, she remembered Cheryl's enthusiasm for the collection and said that she would like her to have it. Wow!
After a very long process to ship the archive over here, and the last 3 months sorting it out into a workable order, we were invited to visit to have a look at the treasure. I have been really excited about going to see it, as a pattern designer - this kind of thing really is a rare opportunity!
And so to the photos....
And so to the photos....
The sight that greeted us in the studio......
Before starting to have a look at all the gorgeous samples and swatches, we had a coffee and a slice of freshly made apple cake - yum!
And so to the exciting part! Here are some of the other creative ladies having a look through the collection
Proud owner of this amazing archive, Cheryl
A selection of 40s and 50s kitchen inspired fabrics - eeek!
Piles of 50s Barkcloth!! *takes sharp intake of breath*
More lovely barkcloth!
And some novelty prints
Not only is there heaps of fabric, but also wallpaper and swatch books too!
I loved this cover and Typography on this 50s wallpaper book
And in some of the swatch books, the samples are dated - this one was 1893!
And a wallpaper sample book from 1924
You will notice that there are no photos directly of any of the fabrics, papers or swatches. This is because of the end use of the archive, which is currently being catalogued and will be hired and sold to designers to use as inspirations for future projects and collections. As much of the archive falls out of the copyright laws - a great deal of it can be replicated and reproduced for things such as fashion prints, packaging and wallpapers.
I was greatly inspired by what I saw today, and although Cheryl has a mammoth task ahead of her to catalogue it all, I know that it will be so well received - and used - by the design community.
I was really inspired and saw so many new things just in the few hours we were there. I was amazed at how fresh and bright so many of the fabrics and wallpapers were - putting the myth to bed that turn of the 20th Century was muted and drab. Really anything but!
Although not up and running yet, the website for the archive is:
I suggest you log on in a few months time when it will hopefully be filled with prints and patterns!