Meet Design Contest Finalist, Virginia Odien

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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.

35 responses to “Meet Design Contest Finalist, Virginia Odien”

  1. Stephanie Says:
    10/14/2013 8:16 am

    Wow at first I wasn’t sure where Virginia would go with the original Fairy Lantern submission design. But obviously she had a clear vision and a plan. I’m so happy to see the rest of her beautiful collection. Terrific colors and designs.

  2. Heather Cady Says:
    10/14/2013 10:20 am

    fantastic! Love the whimsy in Virginia’s designs. I would buy this whole collection hands down!

  3. Gwen Says:
    10/14/2013 11:37 am

    Love these, I really hope they will be available for purchase!

  4. Judy Abel Says:
    10/14/2013 12:31 pm

    “Fairy Lanterns” was my first choice and now seeing all the other designs Virginia has put with it is so exciting!

  5. Kristen C Says:
    10/14/2013 12:39 pm

    I love this whole collection. Virginia did a wonderful job with her use of colors and designs in this collection. I would love to have these available for purchase. Beautiful!!!

  6. Jessica Says:
    10/14/2013 12:41 pm

    What a beautiful and versatile collection! I want to make aloha shirts (or, as people from the mainland call them, Hawaiian shirts) out of at least three of them, just for starters!

  7. Sam Says:
    10/14/2013 1:03 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this collection. The versatility is great and I adore that stripe. You’ve got my vote, Virginia! Great work!

  8. shannon Says:
    10/14/2013 2:08 pm

    Also love it,anything with blues appeals to me.

  9. Susan Says:
    10/14/2013 5:37 pm

    I love what Virginia has done to back up her original fabric!! I could easily see myself buying all of these beautiful blue fabrics!!

  10. Ma Nithya Atma Says:
    10/14/2013 8:57 pm

    This is a very creative, forward looking collection from a very innovative artist. The fairy lantern collection deserve first place.

  11. LJ G Says:
    10/14/2013 9:59 pm

    There is a lovely balance of fancy, fantasy and pragmatism in these designs… all something that begs to be used, put on or around things to make them come alive. Self-taught! Amazing, but then, native talent cannot be held back forever. Good luck, Virginia!

  12. Alanna Says:
    10/15/2013 12:25 am

    Like a previous reviewer, it is quite interesting to see exactly what an artist will design. I have not been disappointed by any of Virginia’s designs. So much creativity in her fabric designs. Virginia has a real eye for detail and theme. Her choice of hues, are amazing. I hope we see more of Virginia’s designs before she is found out by the design community. Good for Virgina, bad for us. We will be paying thousands of dollars for an original Virginia design.

  13. jennifer bass Says:
    10/15/2013 3:21 am

    I love all her fabrics to date ;) love love the fairie lanturns !

  14. susan daughtrey Says:
    10/15/2013 4:12 am

    Kudos on this collection! Loved the Fairy Lanterns, and am happy to see the other fabric patterns Virginia designed to go with it.

  15. Kathe Says:
    10/15/2013 5:01 am

    Love this!!!

  16. Liam Says:
    10/15/2013 5:57 am

    Virginia’s son is a really cool kid that is conspicuously absent from this bio.

  17. Robyn Loonan Gibson Says:
    10/15/2013 5:58 am

    You rock my talented friend!

  18. Sharon Says:
    10/15/2013 6:01 am

    WOW what a stunning collection. First class. BEAUTIFUL! A clear winner!!!!

  19. Patricia Scarborough Says:
    10/15/2013 7:04 am

    Beautiful! The entire group works very well and would make interesting quilt, home decor, or assemblage/ 3D art pieces.

  20. Suzanne Says:
    10/15/2013 7:04 am

    Virginia is the best! I love the combinations in this collection. Hope you WIN!!!

  21. Carina Says:
    10/15/2013 9:18 am

    Love Virginia’s collection!!!!! fab design and colours and all ?

  22. Pay Hathaway Says:
    10/15/2013 10:01 am

    I love these fabrics!!! I hope I will be able to buy them from CT some day soon.

  23. Susan Says:
    10/15/2013 11:37 am

    Virginia Odien is a terrific designer! Great use of color & line.

  24. dr rona thau Says:
    10/15/2013 1:02 pm

    Virginia always inspires with her creative fabric and patterns. They always leave me with a smile. YAY Virginia. Lots of love. She’s the best.

  25. Kathryn Says:
    10/15/2013 1:38 pm

    Virginia’s fabric designs always spark my imagination, and that’s extremely rare in the fabric world. She is truly talented and deserves a great deal of recognition.

  26. Barbara Nichols Says:
    10/15/2013 3:40 pm

    Virginia has a fresh eye and a unique take on fabric and what they can bring to life. Her designs always bring a smile to my lips.

  27. Kat Says:
    10/15/2013 4:55 pm

    Virginia’s designs have always been my favorites.

  28. sandy Says:
    10/15/2013 9:25 pm

    I really like Virginia’s designs. They are fun and great designs!

  29. Judi Says:
    10/15/2013 10:57 pm

    Virginia is an amazing artist. I love her fresh and playful use of line and color.

  30. kelly O. Says:
    10/16/2013 7:16 am

    while Virginia is clearly talented and I like many of her designs here.. I feel that this grouping of fabric designs is not cohesive… I’m not sure what type of feel she is trying to project. Her original design spoke more traditional vibes and now with her additions I feel that only 2 really speak to her original design and the others (while I really like them) are more modern and fun and deserve a line of their own, however not mixed with the original…. I actually like the more modern vibe she is going for in her newer designs better than the original design offered….

  31. Susan Says:
    10/19/2013 6:51 am

    I am not usually a blue fan, but this is a really really lovely collection!! I especially like how the pops of “light” really set off against the blue! Congrats to you Virginia!

  32. Jennifer@ Little Blog in the Big Woods Says:
    10/22/2013 4:11 pm

    Wow! Virginia, I love these fabrics! Of course the Fairy Lantern is spectacular, but the other fabrics are awesome too! Looking forward to adding these to my ever growing stash! :)

  33. Becky R Says:
    11/11/2013 4:37 am

    I LOVE this fabric!

  34. Mink Says:
    11/12/2013 8:26 am

    Nice works : )

  35. Allison D Says:
    11/13/2013 10:45 am

    I really like some of these other designs, especially the herringbone.


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