Barb S.

Surface Designer



June in Bloom!

June in Bloom!

After a long, chilly Vermont winter, spring is transforming into summer and everything all around the Vermont landscape is in bloom. From beautiful green mountains, fields and grasses to gardens. My garden is blooming and the lens I use to focus on the patterns, colors and the fragrances of my gardens for this fabric collection. Look for updates daily, as I begin the June Blooms Collection!

Inspirations for this collection include fabrics, gardens, peony flowers, roses, primula, anenome, flower arrangements, lovely gardens, geometric patterns and artifacts like Moroccan Ceramic Tiles, and Wooden Carved Stamps from India.


Flowers are a constant inspiration for me; they create an opportunity for me to create floral arrangements, botanical illustrations and designs for fabric. I respond to their color, shapes, patterns and their relationship with other plants in a garden or in a small floral arrangement.

After visiting one of my most favorite garden nurseries Von Trapp's Greenhouse, Watsfield, VT. I had to capture the beauty of their gardens with the backdrop of the mountains. The pictures capturea glimpse of the beauty against the mountains. The textures, colors, patterns and variety of botanicals are carefully chosen by the owners. Here is a glimpse of the beauty.


Now, I am ready to create sketches for a pattern design. YEAH! When I think back on designing fabrics, I learned without the use of computers. I graduated from Moore College of Art with a B.F.A. in Textile Design. I luckily moved to Montreal, Canada and was a freelance designer. I designed and created my own fabrics. I designed fro Interior Designers, archetects and texile companies like....  Dominion Textiles Canada, Robert Allen (Canada) and Connisance Fabrics. This class has been a bit of a learning curve for me, since my design work was 100%on paper, with watercolor goache, rulers, and tracing paper. So, here we go with this new modern way of working!


As you can see I still preserve old habits, I design on paper instead of seperate design elements.  Here is the next sketch.


 I cant wait to add design elements in the background and decide on colors.


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