It seems like the more we delve into possibilities and expressions of the Digital Age, the more we begin to treasure and collect more tangible objects from a previous age... the Paper Age.
I started collecting antique books over 30 years ago, because I loved their gold-stamped graceful covers, their stylized illustrations, and the smell of old paper.
Then over the years I began to notice the fanatic stamp collectors, vintage postcard collectors, the fountain pen aficionados, the calligraphy kits, and the antique photo albums being snapped up at garage sales.
What is going on here?
I think we all recognize that as things speed up and we spend more time on our devices, we long to escape to a slower and more tactile time, when we could write a thank you letter by hand... on paper...lick a beautiful stamp and send it off by post.
Quilting and sewing is another expression of this longing to do things slowly and thoughtfully with our own hands. As much as we love designing quilts digitally in EQ7, the whole point is to collect, audition, cut, and sew FABRIC.
It is no coincidence that many fabric designers are coming from the paper and scrapbook industry. Surface designers love to work with color and pattern on paper just like fabric. People who like to collect fabric often like to collect books as well.
Here is a collage of some of our most popular book and paper themed fabric designs... plus the key to the Library!
Poetry, Shakespeare, the Great American Novel, and the fine art of personal correspondence...part of how we express our heart and soul...on paper and with fabric.