The finalists for the Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary artwork, so while we get them ready for our team of judges, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer.
Meet Virginia Odien, designer of "Fairy Lanterns".
Virginia was born in Japan but reared in sunny California. As a military brat she lived in a whole lot of states before she was 5. Since she’s allergic to cold weather she’d like to thank her parents for settling in the golden state.
Her first memory of creating art was soaping up the glass shower doors and finger-painting swirls and flowers on the doors instead of scrubbing her grubby tom-boy self. She learned it was far more fun playing than scrubbing. Creating beautiful things motivated her to transfer ephemeral bubbles on glass into crayons, pencils, or watercolor onto paper.
Finding a print-on-demand website and realizing she had a hard time finding the kinds of fabric designs at brick and mortar stores that made her heart race. She set out to create fun, quirky and beautiful fabrics that would appeal to her and those who want something different than the same old, same old.
Virginia is self-taught and continues to hone her design eye by studying what works and what doesn’t. She credits her many forays into different mediums that helps her understand color, texture, and when to take an aspirin so she can keep designing.
She works in a media relations and marketing office where she dreams of designing all day long and answering calls from companies that are demanding more and more designs from her.
The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for our judging panel, we thought we would share the designs with the public and include a little information about the designers.
Meet Sandra Malone, designer of Cans and Buttons.
Sandra Malone grew up in a rural farming community in Texas. Her creative interest at that time was learning to sew. She could creatively combine several patterns together to sew a new outfit that was different than any you could purchase in a store. Sandra’s painting career didn’t surface until later after raising her children. Sandra would purchase the Foster Art books and teach herself as much about color and art as possible. After moving to Wyoming in 1970, and finding a friend that was interested in Tole and Decorative painting, did she begin to design on her own. In 1975, Sandra started her painting career in a small studio in the basement of her home, and finally she and a friend developed a business in Casper, WY called
“Creative Hang Ups”. After 10 years of owning a business, Sandra
decided to move into the creative design work and has remained there
along with authoring and publishing design books in decative painting.
Sandra has two daughters and one son, in which all of them are involved in some art form. She also has 8 Great Grandchildren, and continues to teach herself as much about art as possible. Her next challenge is to learn a computer program to enhance her artwork.
As many of you know, we announced our five finalists for the Fabric
Design Contest a couple of weeks ago. Since the announcement, one of the
designers has been disqualified from the competition as they failed to
provide sufficent contact information. Given this, we made the decision
to open the contest up to two additional participants. The first
addition was the next runner up based on your votes. To mix things up
and add an element of surprise, we decided to include a "Wild Card"
finalist as well. We then needed to figure out how to decide on the Wild
Card and we ultimately landed on the idea to draw the finalist's design
name from a hat.
Thanks to the thousands of you who voted in our Fabric Design Contest, the five finalists have been chosen. They are:
Sandra Malone of Wyoming with her design Cans and Buttons:
Virginia Odien of California with her design Fairy Lantern:
Sherry Saunders of Texas with her design Tulip Twilight:
Jennifer Wheeler of California with her design Country Living:
and Carbonated Creations of Texas with Black & White Flower Fun:
Congratulations to our finalists! We want to send a big thank you to all of the extremely talented designers who entered the contest. We were amazed by the number of wonderful entries, and it was a very tough competition. Now our finalists have a month to submit their secondary designs to our Connecting Threads panel of judges, and then we have the hard choice of choosing the grand prize winner. Which design would you choose?
The submissions to our Fabric Design Contest are in, so it's time to start voting for your favorites! If you've submitted designs, send the link (http://www.connectingthreads.com/cfDesignContest/Entries.cfm) to all of your family and friends and help get the word out. Remember that it's the public's votes that will get you to the finals!
The best part about voting is that you can vote for as many designs as you want. This is great for us because we can't pick a favorite, or even a top ten. We had hundreds of amazing entries. The team here at CT are completely blown away by all of the talent out there. We broke out the entries into 4 different categories, though you may see a little overlap as some of the designs fit well in multiple categories.
We got a bunch of super-cute character and animal print entries...
Dozens of beautiful floral submissions...
Some amazing geometric designs...
And tons of fun novelties...
The finalists will be decided entirely by you, so if you want to have a hand in choosing the next design contest winner, go submit your votes now!