The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for judging, we thought we would share some of the designs with you and a little bit about the designers. To read the previous four designer bios, click on the following designer names: Carbonated Creations, Sherry Saunders, Virginia Odien, and Sandra Malone.
Introducing Ingrid Figueras, designer of Squawk!
I was born and grew up in a small town near Barcelona.
As a child I was always drawing and doing all kind of crafts. If I needed a fruit shop to play, no problem I just drew all the fruits, trimmed them and I had a new game to play! The same if I wanted a doll house or whatever it was, the only things I needed were colors and paper!
I grew up and for a while, my creative side just fell asleep. I went to college where I obtained a Bachelors degree in Biological sciences and a Masters in advanced genetics. I also got involved in a biomedical research group and although it was very rewarding, I missed something in my life.
All my life, I’ve been surrounded by fabrics and I’ve seen my mother and my grandmother sewing since I can remember. However, I had never had curiosity about sewing until two years ago when I decided to make my own fabric necklaces. I had so much fun choosing fabrics, and creating designs; I enjoyed sewing for the first time in my life. It changed something inside me. After that, I did my first quilt and I fell in love of quilting! Before I finish a project I am already thinking of the fabrics and pattern of the next one.
One year ago, my partner got a fellowship to study in California and I followed him! I’ve always loved to travel and discover new countries and cultures. I’ve had a lot of time for myself this past year and creativity has knocked on my door again. I decided to start a sewing blog where I share all my projects, the fabrics I like, quilting patterns I came up with and a little bit of everything. I’ve found an entire quilting community out there that has inspired me so much through my creative process.
The time I have spent in California has been an amazing experience. I have always new projects on mind and I have decided to take a step forward to keep doing what really makes me happy. I started drawing during my daily visits to the beach, just like when I was a kid. I drew the seagulls, the lifeguard towers, the dolphins, everything that made me feel alive! Then I realized that it would be wonderful to have fabrics inspired in these fabulous moments and I started working on it.
The first time I saw a sunset in California, I thought it was the most beautiful combination of colors I had ever seen, but what I didn’t know yet was that it would be my color palette for these fabric designs. I am totally self-taught in the designing of prints and it has been a personal challenge for me. I have learned and enjoyed so much. It has encouraged me to keep pursuing my dreams.
To know more about my work you can check out my blog at http://sewing-lab.blogspot.com/