It’s always a pleasure to learn more about the people behind the fabric we create with. We are lucky enough to have fabric designer Carina Gardner share a little about herself with us. As you read on you’ll find she designs a whole lot more then just fabric.
Let’s get started.
What is your background? Did you study design?
I have a a BA in Marketing Communications from BYU. I also have a MA and Ph D in Design from the University of Minnesota. I taught there for five years while in school including Typography, Packaging Design, Design Theory, Design History, and Graphic Design Foundations.
How did you get involved with fabric designing?
After I finished my doctorate, I started designing products for the scrapbooking and digital scrapbooking industries. There were many scrapbooking designers making the transition from paper to fabric at the time.
What is your preferred medium when designing?
I like to do sketches first to plan out a line. Then I draw most of it straight into the computer. I used to scan my sketches but now I just hand draw straight into the computer. It’s been interesting seeing my process change over time. I tend to have a clearer vision of what I plan on creating before the physical process of designing has even begun.
What inspired your most recent line Evening Blooms?
Well, it is actually inspired by a previous line of mine—Songbird. Songbird was really popular and even came out this spring as a dish ware line I did exclusively for Deseret Book. It’s a really a clean but is very intricate. I love that look because it feels so easy. I like that feeling in my children and doll clothing sewing patterns.
What have you done or have plans to make with Evening Blooms?
I created a fun vintage camera quilt that is free on my site . I also have been sewing a lot of clothing for my kids with this fabric. I love a good black and white dress! Class and chic even for little girls. The patterns keep it interesting and fresh. I have many more pieces to sew since Evening Blooms will be featured in the runway show at Fabric Fest in September (held by Riley Blake Designs).
What are you doing when you are not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
I may have a thing for guilty-pleasure TV. You can find me parked in front of the TV on Mondays and Tuesdays for The Bachelor and So You Think You Can Dance. I also adore reading. Right now my 9 year old and I have been reading Fablehaven and the Tail of Emily Windsnap Book Series.
Next spring you will see my first boy line for Riley Blake. My son Charlie was born last August and is inspired by him.
Where else can we find you?
I have a line of sewing patterns that you can find at your local quilt shop and at several online shops. I am the Creative Director for the scrapbooking company Carta Bella. I have a line of wallpaper that you can find on my site here.
I also teach design classes and sell die cutting files on my own site. I love digital scrapbooking and those products are all hosted by Jessica Sprague’s site here. My line of Songbird dish ware and several new products for fall (canvas art, bracelets, and Christmas dish ware) can be purchased at Deseret Book .
Jelly Roll shop offers patterns by Carina Gardner here
You can also find “Simply Classical” a free pattern using Evening Blooms fabric here.