Friday, July 14, 2017

The Artist UnSEWn Series presents Floral Waterfall by Shannon Newlin

Floral Waterfall by Shannon Newlin

Floral Waterfall is my very first fabric collection with FreeSpirit .  I am thrilled and honored to be able to say “Hi!”  here from the blog and share a little bit about myself and this new collection.

My Artist Journey
I love painting, and I’m slightly obsessed with creating patterns and unique color combinations. I am particularly influenced by the beauty found in nature and flowers.   My inspiration for Floral Waterfall began with what I could find easily.  I enjoy taking mini strolls in the backyard or long hikes outdoors. I tend to collect leaves, petals and sticks and bring them back to the studio to play with.  Here is a little photo of random things I collected in my yard along side a photo of a beautiful tree taken during a walk.
The dark leaves near the bottom of the leaf collage look almost like a butterfly!   It’s these type of gentle shapes and colors that inspire me to sit down and create something.


Pattern Play
In creating Floral Waterfall I wanted to play against a very detailed floral pattern as well as a print with more breadth and openness such as in these 2 different designs…



On some days I just love working close up with very tiny details that go on and on; and on others, I find joy painting loosely as on the right. In either case, I never sketch things out…I just let my gathered findings along with my visual memory of my walks guide my paintbrush. 


Creativity Together

I am really looking forward to the next magical step in this creative journey which is YOU!! Now, I get to see all the goodness that can be created from Floral Waterfall.  I truly look forward to what quilt, clothing, craft project or special item you create.  What will YOU make?  I can’t wait to see! 
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31 comments:

rebabme86 said...

Shannon. Welcome!! Can't wait to be inspired by these fresh and effervescent patterns and colors!!

cynthia said...

These prints are so lovely!I'd love to try a drunkards path with them.

Angie Bowling said...

I think your fabrics are so cute and whimsical. They would make great pieced wall hangings.

Lori Longpre said...

So many things. I love making quilts. But I have a list of bags and clothes I would like to do. Plus pillows this fabric would make beautiful pillows. ��

Sonia said...

Just looking at that fabric inspires me....hmmm

Danielle said...

This collection looks lovely! I love hearing about the creative process behind the fabrics! ☺️

Carol Steinberg said...

So fun to read about and see your process! Love the prints and congratulations!

Lou Ann Kobus said...

Shannon, beautiful work as usual! Congrats! I

Sandra said...

Hi! My name is Sandra and I'm discovering your fabrics. Your patterns are amazing and I love the way you translate nature on fabrics! Have a great day!

Allison said...

Shannon, your color choices are just beautiful!

Aidel Knaidel said...

Probably I would make a garment for one of my 3 adorable granddaughters, but I might get greedy and make something for myself. I recently got a Sonya Philip dress pattern, and I'm itching to use it.

Jessica Sanchez Palencia said...

I would create a Magic Treasure Bags made with your great fabrics by my manufacture Atelier Mermaid in Stuttgart!!!

DianeY said...

The color palette is beautiful for a quilt! that one print with the black background is so beautiful! I'd love to make a blouse out of that!

Jessica Sanchez Palencia said...

I would create a Magic Treasure Bag made with your great fabrics by my manufacture Atelier Mermaid new in Stuttgart!!!

Addie said...

I would make a quilt and pillow to take to the park and lounge in nature and do some sketching.

FLO said...

Shannon Newlin this collection is absolutely beautiful. I would make a quilt with matching cushion cover to put on my sofa in the living room...and maybe a nice table runner...or chair cushion for the dining room..maybe a lovely little jumper suit for my daughter...so inspiring!

christie said...

I'm thinking a quilt for our mountain house!!!

angiecondra said...

Gorgeous Prints!

lisacrafty said...

Really love your new designer! Looking forward to this collection!❤️❤️❤️

lisacrafty said...

Not sure I said what I'd make🤔 But maybe a halo quilt! Such pretty art to work with, excited!❤️

Anonymous said...

Your art is beautiful on fabric. ❤️ Heather

Morgan Andrews said...

Gorgeous!!! I would make myself some clothing ❤️❤️❤️

Jackie Fitzgerald said...

Just beautiful! I cannot wait to make a quilt with these gorgeous fabrics!!

Susan Richard said...

Quilting is my passion and I think these fabrics would make a beautiful dragonfly, which is a project on my list of quilts to design and make.
Susan R

Susan Richard said...

Quilting is my passion and I think this beautiful collection would make a wonderful dragonflyquilt, which is on my list of quilts to design and make!
Susan R

Anonymous said...

I would love to make a quilt for my niece, your fabric collection would be perfect! Kjacobson31@gmail.com

Frances Lilly Designs said...

Congrats Shannon on your new fabric range Floral Waterfall, I would love to create a new quilt designed especially for these fabrics!

Amorette said...

Thanks for sharing your process! I like to find inspiration in nature and it's patterns too. I'm a biologist, and studying to be a teacher, and I am interested in using my sewing skills to make materials for the classroom.

Stéphanie said...

Original colors and beautiful flowers and details. Perfect for sewing hexagone, diamonds, ... and rosetta. Thank you Shannon.

Laurie said...

I would love to make a fun shirt or skirt for myself or my daughter! So beautiful Shannon!!!

Jeanelle Smith said...

Shannon, I'm really excited about your line! I especially like the Blackberry one.