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.