Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design, released by Chronicle Books, is by Laurie Wisbrun who you most likely know already as the designer behind such lines as Modern Whimsy, Pooches and Pickups, Tufted Tweets and many more. She began designing and printing her fabric using Spoonflower. She was quickly picked up by Robert Kaufman and since then her popularity has continued to grow with each new fabric line she releases.
In this book she shares valuable information about designing fabric patterns, printing techniques and even tips on how to break into the fabric industry. It is a lovely hardback book with a spacious layout so it is easy to digest the different chunks of information.
The book is also packed with interviews with some top fabric designers including such names as Heather Ross, Julia Rothman, Josephine Kimberling and many many more.
The book is divided into 3 sections: Designing for Fabric, Fabrics and Fabric Printing Methods, and the Fabric Business.
The first section is all about understanding fabric patterns. Laurie talks about different types of motifs, pattern repeats and also touches on colour theory. Laurie also discusses inspiration and how to kickstart your creative juices through journals, mood boards and forecasting trends.
This section also has some great tutorials on how to use illustrator and photoshop to create patterns. Examples in the tutorials are from Laurie’s own lines. I couldn’t resist having a go at these. The isntructions were clear and easy to follow and within no time I had a few pattern repeats to play with. I might just have to sned out some patterns to be printed on Spoonflower!
Section 2 is all about different types of fabrics and methods of printing. It covers fabric dyeing, hand printing and digital printing. Laurie shares some great tutorials on how to adjust your files for printing which will help with the myriad of digital fabric printing services available such as www.spoonflower.com
Section 3 is about the fabric business in general and covers marketing and moving towards mass production of your designs. This section is packed with interviews with established fabric designers such as Heather Moore, Joel Dewberry and Nancy Mims.
Laurie’s approachable writing style along with all the inspirational photos and interviews, make this a must have book if you have any interest in fabric design. It nicely complements Fabric Design by Kim Kight as a more hands on book.
Follow the book tour by visiting these sites:
Monday, March 12 – A Creative Mint
Wednesday, March 14 – Print & Pattern
Thursday, March 15 – Centsational Girl
Friday, March 16 – A Stitch in Dye
Monday, March 19 – The Long Thread
Tuesday, March 20 – Fat Quarterly
Wednesday, March 21 – papernstitch
Thursday, March 22 – Book By Its Cover
Friday, March 23 – Simply Grove