First, it has to be beautiful,then, the rest is a pleasure. Anna Maria’s Conservatory is a gathering of beautiful art from uniquely talented artists. Anna Maria’s Conservatory is composed of Anna Maria Horner, Monika Forsberg of London, Arounna Khounnoraj (Bookhou) of Canada, Courtney Cerruti of San Francisco and Nathalie Lete of Paris – renowned artists from diverse corners of the world whose work complements Anna Maria’s timeless and fine art-based approach to design. “The Conservatory takes the FreeSpirit tradition of gathering incredible artists under one brand a step further by creating collections that offer compelling crossover in styles while maintaining the individual artist’s distinct point of view,” said Anna Maria Horner. “What I know as an artist is, first, it has to be beautiful.” The idea is the culmination of Anna’s formal training in fine art, self-taught love of arts, crafts and quilting and valuable industry experiences as spokesperson, designer, author, instructor and, most recently, shop owner of Crafts South in Nashville. Her passion for her art is supported by the sales experience of working with customers to compose quilts that strike that one of a kind mix of a number of designers. “As an artist, that unexpected composition of different fabrics coming together to create beautiful quilts speaks to me. As a retailer, I’ve watched the practice inspire quilters and grow business. This is what I want to share,” said Anna Maria.
Bouquet is the 4th installment from Conservatory Craft designers. We get to see Courtney Cerruti’s Flower Market, Natalie Lete’s Sunday in the Country, and Anna Maria Horner’s Triple Take. Three different collections that come together to form a cohesive colour pallette and blend well between them and with previous chapters.
All three collections will be appearing on our shelves in the next few weeks. Get the early bird discount by taking advantage of the PREORDER discount.
Anna Maria Horner is one of those creative spirits enables you to change your view, to try something maybe a little out of your comfort zone yet still feel so familiar that it is both exciting to to see and with a warm sense of nostalgia. Does that make sense? I hope so because that is I think why both Amanda and I love her so. We were lucky enough to join her for a workshop a couple of years ago that the Oxford Modern Quilt Guild hosted and the ease and calm she brings makes you feel part of family instantly. We had planned to host her in August for a special event, but but we are watching the world events at this time which has put a spanner in the works. We will let you know more as soon as we can on future plans. But for the moment. Let’s focus on her wonderful new collection Hindsight. Don’t forget to see this new collection here . ( Note: We have ordered the 108″ wideback which has been delayed but should be with us July and don’t forget your coordinating solids: Spruce, Macaw, Pear, Solar).
Here’s what Anna Maria says in her own words,
Hindsight is a very joyful look back at my body of work over the last 15 years in fabric design. It is impossible not to mention how much the community of quilting has continued to inspire my work and therefore this collection. Traveling and teaching classes allows me to watch various coveted pieces of fabrics from all points in time come together to create beautiful vignettes. That celebratory mingling as well as my own desire to look back at my art and reimagine it with fresh eyes was the guiding inspiration in Hindsight. The showy “Guest of Honor” flower now has a sparkling “Center” and floats among the boisterous “Summer Totem” blooms and branches. “Sinister Swarm” moths invade and dance through the thicket of “Small Gathering”. The abstract “Volumes” stack of books gets painted with “True Colors”. “Echinacea” breaks its own norm and single fields are dappled with many sunset rich hues. I hope that Hindsight feels like a treasure hunt of favorites and contributes to new discoveries in art and patchwork.
We’re thrilled to stock yet another chapter of Conservatory fabrics from Freespirit fabrics. Conservatory is a wonderful group of collections carefully curated by Anna Maria Horner.
Here’s what Anna Maria has to say about Conservatory:
Conservatory gathers and translates beautiful art from uniquely talented artists into textiles, quilt patterns and crafts that inspire you to create your own beauty. Our hope is that you love our art, and treasure what you’ve made.
Expanding upon her successful path as an artist, quilter, writer, and creative brand, Anna Maria curates and collaborates with artists who exemplify and complement her timeless and fine art based approach to design. Each of the artists and their work reside in diverse corners of the worldwide creative community and contribute something special to Conservatory.
Wild is the latest chapter and includes collections from After the Rain by Bookhou, Endless Summer by Monika Forsberg and One Mile Radiant by Anna Maria Horner.
We’re excited to launch our new Designer box sets in time for the Christmas season! Wrapped in tissue and boxed ready, they make beautiful gifts to friends, family or of course a fun treat for yourself!
We have chosen a select range of Designers to show off their range and add co-ordinating solids. A perfect starting point to dip into their stunning collections. Whether you love the bold fun colours of Jennifer Paganelli, the rich ecclectic patterns of Anna Maria Horner or the classic colours of Kaffe, we have a mix of designs and colours to get you started on your Free Spirit Journey.
Each season we will update our boxes so you can have fun trying out new designers and collections. Our first designers to hit our shelves are:
If this sounds good to you, why not join our Designer Club. We have a selection of Free Spirit Fabrics boxes sent to your door every two months, with a choice of monthly invoicing to spread the payments.
English Summer by Anna Maria Horner has started to arrive on our shelves! We’ve ordered lots of different bits of Conservatory. All of English Summer is coming, and plenty of precuts from the various other capsules.
First bolts are in our shop already and you can Preorder the bundles for English Summer now!
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