100% Organic Cotton Fabrics
For home sewers, businesses, retailers, and anyone who gives a scrap!
Over the weekend while walking home from a friend's house, I saw something I have never seen before . . . three redwood trees that have been converted into acorn storage - or granaries - by woodpeckers. Last week I had a close encounter with a Pileated Woodpecker. Normally woodpeckers peck at dead trees and Pileated Woodpeckers are not known to fly closer and closer to people. Are they trying to tell me/us something? And if so, what could it be?
Desperate times call for desperate measures? It's good to save for a rainy day? Be prepared? It's probably just coincidence, but I can't help but draw some parallels between my own "granary" of fabric. As cotton prices are surging suddenly my "stash" of organic cotton fabrics seem to be a good idea as Harmony Art is better prepared than most cotton businesses to weather this current price storm. We have lots of prints and solids in stock and I am hoping that it will hold us until things settle back down.
I have been feeling a bit blue lately. I think I heard someone this week call it Pre Traumatic Stress Disorder.... that feeling of dread that comes with the smokey air that floats my way, the news of floods in Louisiana and the Northeast, the news about being past the tipping point of climate change - code RED. Feeling dread.
But trees, no the forest, is my happy place and taking a hike (4.8 miles round trip) to visit this giant did wonders for resetting my attitude and helping me remember that life goes on. I have much to be grateful for including YOU (reading this), this new run of Twilight Blue organic cotton sateen that arrived safely at long last, and the knowledge that we are ALL connected in ways we can't yet see or understand.
Tamika is our newest brand ambassador. For her first project she requested our Giraffe organic cotton interlock. Tamika is an aspiring fashion designer. She started sewing in 2013 after taking a sewing class and has become passionate about fashion design. She dreams of having her designs mass produced and sold in boutiques. Instagram (@mikanicolay) is the best place to see her wearable art.
I look forward to sharing with you more of Tamika's unique style and fashion items.
I just love seeing the variety and creativity that you all bring to the Harmony Art organic fabrics! Here's a link to the projects that Marianne (Adventurous Quilter) our first brand ambassador has been creating with the Harmony Art organic fabrics.
Meet Giraffa O'keefe - an eye pillow created by Herbal Animals. The fabric is a 100% GOTS certified organic cotton interlock. This fabric was a co-creation with Herbal Animals founder, Lauren. She wanted a giraffe design so we worked together to create a design that would work for her needs and then had it hand screen printed at a GOTS certified facility in India. She took half of the production run into her business and I have been selling the rest through Harmony Art. I love this co-creating process and am always happy to help people bring their vision to life.
I also LOVE LOVE LOVE witnessing the creative ways that different people use our organic fabrics in different ways! Stay tuned to our next blog post (I promise I'll get it up soon!) . . . where I will introduce you to Tamika our newest brand ambassador who has a whole new take on how to bring this Giraffe fabric to life.
Meanwhile, if you have a fabric concept you want help getting materialized (pun intended!), feel free to contact me. Let's talk!
This month Harmony Art turns 16. It's been quite a journey! Many of you have been with me from the start when the idea of printed colorful organic fabrics for home sewers and small businesses was just a concept. I still remember the first company (Cotton Monkey) who embraced our fabrics and created a line of crib sheets around it. The shift from working with the largest companies in the world (Walmart, Target, etc) to the smallest has been rewarding in ways that are hard to express. I've been witness to births, deaths, marriages. . . together we have survived cancer, car crashes, floods, fires, political earthquakes, and pandemics. I just wanted to take a minute to say:
Founder of Harmony Art organic design.