Amy Butler is not a new find... I actually "found" her back before I even knew anything about blogs. She's an Ohio girl-- Granville, to be exact-- and lately I've been very intrigued with her fabric design. Her color schemes are different, but they do remind me of the landscape of middle Ohio (Granville is just east of Columbus where Craig and I lived when we first were married.) What has me really intrigued was that there seems to be this artistic community of very cutting edge designers that come from this area. When I lived in Columbus and was working for the Ad Agency, I was part of the Society of Communication Arts out there and things were happening with graphic designers that were influencing the east and west coast. The guys from Firehouse 101 (if that is even right...we're talking 1992) and there were others that I looked up to whose art was so unique. So I'm thinking Amy Butler was also influenced by this "thing" that I have no idea what exactly it was but it sure produced a wave of influence.
I am toying with the idea of sewing a quilt for Craig and my bed. We are no longer in a Full Size but a Queen, so my red quilt isn't really fitting and I love it on the old bed and with the antique headboard/footboard. I love how Amy Butler combines a homey feeling of country to an edgy artsy modern pattern and color scheme. I thought I had moved away from modern but I am completely bored with the same old, same old. Especially while reading that home book. I want to be intrigued by my own rooms and living space... relaxed but intrigued at the same time. If my space isn't interesting, then how can I be interesting in my work (which by the way really isn't at all right now.)
Below is a collection from Amy's new line "Nigella". Maybe named for Nigella Lawson? We don't know but it's that same type of attitude: just go for it and enjoy it and don't be a perfectionist to the point of ruining it because that's what creating is all about, isn't it?!