Spring Quilt Market opens this week in Portland. I always try to prepare a virtual booth to show off the fabric Moda will be introducing.
The name of my collection that will be previewed at market this week is
Morris Modernized: CFA Voysey.
Charles Francis Annesley Voysey was a spectacular designer in England in the early 20th century.
He took the basic staples of Morris design---inspiration from nature with intricate repeats on layers of pattern---and modernized the look.
Here's a Voysey design, Oswin from 1895, that echoes the characteristic Morris diagonal.
Thistle, also from the 1890s, builds on the traditional field flower that goes back to medieval tapestries.
William Morris drew detailed birds stealing strawberries and Voysey's simpler birds are also found among the berries.
But sometimes you have to look in the background to find them. One of Vosey's signatures is a great use of negative space.
Bird & Tulip
Birds & Berries
Since the booth is virtual I can have the late Mr. Vosey ready to hand out charm-pack freebies.
We may look a little threatening but do come into the virtual booth and see the line.
I love this photo of the artist with attitude.
I am wearing my hair in the manner of Lady Ottoline Morrell---
it looks better on her than on me.
The room we built for the virtual booth is one that Voysey designed. He was primarily an architect who designed furniture and all sorts of decorative details like the andirons here and the chair that Dot is sitting in, but it's his patterns for textiles and wallpaper that really speak to us today.
A sneak preview of the whole collection:
I'm not going to Quilt Market and neither is Dottie, but do look for my new fabric in the Moda Booth.