After the rain, the sun appears and the garden is alive. Birds and insects are busy and the scent of freshness is everywhere. Walking in the garden is my favorite escape - a place where I find my greatest inspiration. I’ve always thought of myself as a botanist of sorts, and botanical drawings and patterns have always been a large part of everything I do. While out on walks I love collecting samples of the most amazing little leaves, flowers or twigs. For this collection I created patterns and groupings of floral shapes, and simplified forms, altered, arranged and rearranged. Arounna immigrated with her family to Canada from Laos at the age of four. While her Canadian upbringing was typical, one thing that became a part of her life even as a child was the importance of making in everyday life. Perhaps instilled by her mother who made everything she needed and educated herself at a local college for work as a seamstress, or perhaps it was her own need to make, her life has been endlessly involved in making. After several art schools, a master’s degree in fine arts and craft residencies in a variety of media, Arounna spent her time between her studio practice and work in education through mentoring and the building of a craft community with events and social media projects. In 2002 Arounna created Bookhou with her husband John Booth as a multidisciplinary studio creating a wide range of fabric-based work, printing and furniture. They have a brick and mortar shop in downtown Toronto where they reside with their two children Lliam and Piper.
by Bookhou for Anna Maria’s Conservatory
The name Endless Summer flew into my head when I was drawing this collection. Last summer was unusually warm and long, and it brought back memories of one specific childhood summer that lasted almost forever. I mostly was running barefoot and devouring books and learned about the meaning of an unusually dry, hot summer occurring during that actual Endless Summer. I wanted to hint at a bit of magic so Endless Summer seemed like the perfect title.
by Monika Forsberg for Anna Maria’s Conservatory
I gathered all the inspiration necessary for this collection within a one-mile radius of my home. The Front Walk print, for instance, was conceived simply by stepping out my front door and admiring a particularly wonderful day of blooming efforts by the flowers in my planters. A short walk to a nearby arboretum introduces Queen Anne’s lace all along my trail. Deeper into the tree covered path on any summer day, I am greeted by monarch butterflies dancing across a wild patch of black- eyed Susans. When the air begins to smell damp, I know that I’m nearing the glowing, pale green pond - today the lotuses have exploded into extraordinary blooms. All of nature’s small and fussy as well as large and bold forms combine before my eyes to create such beauty, that I’m overwhelmed to translate it into my fabrics and quilts. I hope you find as much beauty in these fabrics as I find around my home.
by Anna Maria Horner for Anna Maria’s Conservatory