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On today’s episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about quilting and art history with my guest, Casey York.
Casey has sewn for most of her life and has been making quilts for a decade. Initially inspired by the graphic possibilities of appliqué, she has worked in the quilting industry to push the boundaries of this tradition with her graphic, contemporary designs and patterns. Casey received her Ph.D. in art history in 2012 and is known in the quilting industry for her two books, Modern Appliqué Illusions (2014) and The Appliqué Book (2016). Her first line of fabric, Fine|Spun, Volume One, was released by Studio 37 Fabrics (a division of Marcus Textiles) in the summer of 2017.
We begin the conversation by talking about Casey’s name. She uses a trade name and explains how and why she made that decision. Next we talk about how she first began making quilts and what drew her to applique. Casey discusses the various ways in which her academic background assists her as a designer.
Casey and I have been online friend for a long time and I remember many years ago when she announced her intention to become a fabric designer. In this chat I ask her to explain the very methodical way in which she went about making this dream into a reality. Casey talks frankly about rejection and how deliving into adjacent opportunities, such as teaching and writing books, helped her to achieve her goal.
We refer to:
- Matisse paper cuts
- Bonnie Christine’s surface design course on CreativeLive
- Pattern Observer’s surface design course
- Lizzie House’s ebook How To Enter the World of Textiles: For the Quilting Community
- Broderie Perse
- Molli Sparkles’ post about the true cost of making a quilt
- Casey’s Crafting a Book blog series
This is a dynamic chat about the business of quilting and Casey is very generous and open. If you’re interested in designing fabric, writing books, teaching, or working in the quilting industry you’ll find many nuggets of wisdom here.
And, of course, I ask Casey to recommend great stuff she’s enjoying right now. Casey recommends:
- the public library
- maintaining your own reference library at home
- No Pay MBA by Laurie Pickard and Laurie’s book Don’t Pay For Your MBA
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