We’re in love with the rich colors and beautiful designs in the new Marylebone collection from Liberty Arts Fabrics. We asked Joyce Robertson from Westminster to tell us about the collection, part of a new collaboration between Liberty of London and Westminster. Westminster Lifestyle Fabrics includes Rowan and FreeSpirit brands, and is home to some of our favorite fabric designers including Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Heather Ross, Denyse Schmidt, Heather Bailey and Jennifer Paganelli. Kaffe Fassett plays an instrumental role in this new collaboration, as you’ll see in our interview. Enjoy!
SMS: Please tell us a little about yourself and your job.
Westminster: Joyce Robertson, General Manager, Westminster Lifestyle Fabrics. I have been with WFI for approximately 6 years and have worked in the textile design industry for 14 years. One of my responsibilities is selecting designs from artists around the world for our fabric collections, and all fabric artwork collections are submitted directly to me for the selection process and final approval. I am proud to say that WFI is well-known in the textile industry for our creative and unique fabric designs and talented, trend-setting artists under our Rowan and FreeSpirit brands.
SMS: How did the Liberty Art Fabrics/Westminster collaboration come to be? Are the designs unique, or are they from the Liberty archives?
Westminster: WFI has had a long working relationship with both Liberty of London and artist, Kaffe Fassett.
Liberty, WFI, and leading Rowan designer, Kaffe Fassett, each have a strong global presence and recognized the opportunities for growth by partnering together to develop a new line of co-branded fabrics called Liberty Art Fabrics.
Our first collection was introduced in October, 2009, and these new fabric collections interconnect original artwork from the Liberty textile archives which date back to 1875 with Kaffe’s design inspiration and unique sense of glorious colors. All of the prints for the Liberty Art Fabric collections will be selected by Kaffe from the Liberty archives, and he will then decide on the scale and colors for the designs.
SMS: We’re really excited to get the Marylebone group. How many prints/colors are there?
Westminster: Marylebone is printed on 44/45” width, 100% cotton fabric. There are 12 prints, each with 3 different colorways for a total of 36 pieces in the collection.
LB 11 Rajah ~ Gold, red, blue
LB 12 Crosswalk ~ Yellow, red, blue
LB 13 Frilly ~ Pastel, ochre, pink
LB 14 Plumes ~ Brown, green, peach
LB 15 Kashmir ~ Black, blue, red
LB 16 Punk Stripe ~ Pink, blue, magenta
LB 17 Parasols ~ Blue, pink, ochre
LB 18 Pauline ~ Black, red, blue
LB 19 Provencal Blue, rust, brown
LB 20 Meadow ~ Summer, red, gold
LB 21 Katy ~ Tomato, aqua, brown
LB 22 Fordwych ~ Mauve, blue, rust
SMS: What are the plans for the future? Will we be seeing more Liberty groups? Any chance they’ll show up on other base cloths?
Westminster: WFI is planning to launch two Liberty Art Fabric collections a year and yes, you will be seeing these collections on additional substrates in the future. Do you have any special requests?
Readers, we’re asking you the question… Liberty is know for their absolutely lovely Tana Lawn base cloth. The new collection is printed on Westminster’s beautiful (and much more affordable) quilting cotton. Do you have any special requests for specific base cloths in future Liberty Art Fabric collections? Tell us, and Westminster, in the comments!
Look for the complete collection of Marylebone at Sew,Mama,Sew! in the coming weeks! It’s here!
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