100% Organic Cotton Fabrics
For home sewers, businesses, retailers, and anyone who gives a scrap!
This is a picture of me - 50 years ago. Recently my mother gave me the little red velvet dress I was wearing in this picture. . . but what I want you to really look at is the chair in the background.
What do you think? Should I stage the same picture with me sitting on the floor in front of a newly reupholstered chair?
YES, the main inspiration for my designs come from the time I spend in nature. Our newest fabric release is a 7 oz organic cotton twill called "Lichen It" - based on this photo I took in what we call "the magic forest". Turkey Tail lichen grows on dead wood and here you can see it has set up a whole city.
Seeing a fabric for the first time is always one of my favorite things - but an even bigger thrill is seeing what people turn it into. Let the sewing begin! This fabric is now available for purchase (wholesale directly through Harmony Art) and retail yardage through our friends at Organic Cotton Plus.
A Brand Ambassador is a grass roots way to get the word out about our fabrics. In exchange for FREE fabric the Brand Ambassador brings the fabric to life and shares it on social media to help you promote Harmony Art organic fabrics.
brand ambassador wish list:
social media Profile Do you have an Instagram account, Facebook page and/or sewing blog?
proficiency with use of hashtags
Excellent photographic skills
Sewing Abilities We are looking for a seamstress who can show how Harmony Art fabrics can be brought to life in a variety of ways and applications. The Adventurous Quilter is our first brand ambassador and will be focused on quilting so we are looking for someone who sews things other than quilts.
ANY OTHER WAY TO SHARE Example: Newsletter, sewing club, facebook group
Email your one page application to: adventurousquilter@gmail(dot)com - be sure to put the actual dot not the word! (Please include instagram account, blog, facebook page, web address, etc)
Applications will be open until July 19, 2019 (June 30th deadline has been extended)
I am pleased and excited to announce my very first Brand Ambassador - Marianne Jeffery aka the Adventurous Quilter! I just shipped her first delivery off today and we will be announcing more details in the coming weeks. Don't know what a Brand Ambassador is? I didn't either! A Brand Ambassador is a grass roots way to get the word out about your products. In exchange for FREE fabric the Brand Ambassador brings the fabric to life and shares it on social media to help you promote your business.
Harmony Art has teamed up with Pauline of Funky Friend Factory to bring you this great opportunity to make your very own organic cotton toy!
What can you win?
You can win some organic fabric AND and a FREE Funky Friends Factory pattern of YOUR CHOICE – it doesn’t HAVE to be Raff the Giraffe but what a great combo it would make with?!
How do you enter?
All you need to do is pop over to the Funky Friends Factory and check out her adorable Funky Friends toy patterns, then pop back here and leave your comment below to let us know WHICH Funky Friends Factory toy pattern you think would look great made up in WHICH Harmony Art organic fabric?
That’s it! That’s all you need to do to win some organic fabric and a FREE Funky Friends Factory pattern! There’s nothing to buy and EVERYONE is welcome to enter. So check out all the fabulous toy patterns and enter NOW!
*** The winner’s will be drawn on Tuesday 4th of May 2019 using random.org and notified by email/Facebook Messenger.***
(and Happy Birthday Harmony Art)
If I am being honest -- I am actually kind of freaking out about this anniversary/birthday. I turned 50 late last year and now my company is 14! It seems impossible. So much has happened both personally and professionally. I have given over 19 lectures on organic cotton around the USA. We've printed over 100 different organic cotton fabrics. We have worked with over 250 companies. We've watched 3 USA printers close shop, GOTS certification come to life. Customers have launched businesses, closed businesses, sold businesses, been featured on Shark Tank. People have died, married, been born, moved and moved again. I've made life long friends and had people fade away. I've been through my own personal tragedies of my brother dying, my father passing away, my mother-in-law's near fatal car accident, my own cancer diagnosis and treatment.
I am not sure why but anniversaries make you reevaluate or give you pause to reflect. What have I learned? Some days it feels like A LOT. Other days it feels like nothing at all. . . but since I am feeling reflective here's what pops into my head today:
1. Ignorance and confidence are what start most businesses. Fourteen years ago I had buckets of both.
2. Success is short changed if you only think in terms of money.
3. Your business will always want more of you but if you give it everything every day you won't have any of you left. It's better to own the business not have the business own you.
4. Enjoy the journey there is no destination.
5. Having your life's work reflect your values not only personally rewarding but I believe is how real change happens.
Cheers to co-creating a future we can not only live with but be proud of. . . and THANK YOU for your love and support along the way.
Yes, The Green Bag Lady has done it! She has reached 50,000 bags GIVEN away! Harmony Art is honored to play a part in this grassroots eco-adventure. In honor of this BIG milestone there is a truly wonderful giveaway going on RIGHT NOW! You will need to click over to the Green Bag Lady's post and enter no later than 10/22 by 7pm PST to be eligible to win. Good luck and HAPPY 50,000!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Suzan Friedland's retrospective show titled Hard-Earned Uncertainty at Bay Quilts in Richmond, CA. I have always been inspired by Suzan's artistic attitude, philosophy, vision, and execution. To see 30 decades of evolution in one location was spectacular.
It was my honor to bring her design to life on continuous yardage on organic sateen. Congrats Sue! Cheers to the next 30 years. I look forward to seeing what you bring to life. Oh... and if you are interested in this limited release fabric - Bay Quilts is where you can purchase it. NOTE: It is not available on their web site... I think you will need to go in person or call to place an order.
I look forward to bringing you more co-creating projects.
It is with a heavy heart we stay farewell to our distributor Stitch Simple. Jen has been not only an incredible partner in business but a true friend in every sense of the word. As Jen moves on to focus on other things in her life we wish her a fond farewell!
THANK YOU Jen for every little (and not so little) thing you have done for Harmony Art and for me personally.
We have been through births of children and fabric, the passing of family members and pets. We have laughed and cried and found the silver lining in many hiccups along the way. It is through tears I bid you adieu -- remember I am still just a text or call or email away!
Cheers to the next chapter for you and your dear family!
For those of you that have been ordering your Harmony Art fabric through Stitch Simple rest assured we have found a solution that I think will work very well for all of us. Please contact me directly for ordering instructions and stay tuned for more public announcements about the process.
One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is co-creating. It is something I used to do almost every day in my former design jobs working on projects for big box companies. Once I branched out on my own, the opportunity to co-create took on a new form - one based more on business development and less about design work.
Last year was a year of personal challenges (maybe more about that another time). When you are forced to deal with serious stuff, you end up re-evaluating your life and where you spend your energy. One of the takeaways for me has been that I really want to do more artistic co-creating. To that end, I am working on a couple of custom runs.
The design above, "Uncertainty", is inspired by the artwork of Suzan Friedland. We will be printing it in 3 different scales on natural organic cotton sateen. One yard per scale and then it will repeat again (see mini version below).
Suzan is having a retrospect of her work at Bay Quilts in Richmond, CA in October. We expect to have the continuous yardage printed and for sale at that event (if not before). If you live in the SF Bay Area - mark your calendar for October 7th and meet us at Bay Quilts.
I have one more co-creating project in the works right now and several ideas percolating. If you would like to propose a project with me, just shoot me an email - let's talk!
Founder of Harmony Art organic design.