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Chapter One: "Pathways"

  • English Summer

    In Anna Maria Horner's first collection as part of the Conservatory, she was influenced by her travels, which is an appropriate way to collaborate with the talented Conservatory artists from around the world joining her for this new venture.

    For Anna Maria, England brings to mind flowers - especially after her beautiful Summer stay there last year, including the chance to inhabit a small 13th century Oxford shire cottage. The cottage sat on the most beautiful, imperfect, and blossoming garden. Most of the florals in the English Summer collection were inspired by exploring those grounds, as well as by walks around London and Oxford.

    The mix of prints is meant to share the beauty of those naturalistic florals along with the ethnic and architectural inspirations that convey the special and unique place that is England. The scale and direction of the prints is perfect for fussy cutting quilts and creating beautiful garments and accessories and the palettes can inspire diverse directions towards modern or traditional quilting.

    by Anna Maria Horner for Anna Maria's Conservatory

  • Savernake Road

    Savernake road, a street curved along a small part of Hampstead Heath, London was the starting point for my first fabric collection. I walk down this road most days and embrace all of my surroundings. Front gardens of wild and groomed flowers spilling onto the pavement, Victorian houses, and broken tile front paths. All of this makes me very happy! I hope you experience my happiness through my first collection as part of an amazing group of artists known as the Anna Maria Conservatory.

    by Monika Forsberg for Anna Maria's Conservatory

  • Vestige

    Our Vestige Collection refers to the fragments, motifs and design elements gathered from past drawings and designs that we have collaged and overlaid to form new combinations. This new work continues my interest in hand drawn geometries and abstract forms that escape formality by overlapping in unexpected ways through juxtapositions of shape, scale and surprise.

    by Bookhou for Anna Maria's Conservatory

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