Color Me Retro Strikeoffs + Story

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

EEEEEEKKKK!! I am freaking out right now guys! Because strikeoffs of my first fabric collection, Color Me Retro for Art Gallery Fabrics, are on their way to me! I cannot wait! I am going to need to camp out by the mailbox!

I couldn't wait to share photos of the collection!

AHHH! That's my name up there ^^!

I wanted to take the time to talk a bit about my inspiration for this collection!  When I was first starting to think about the direction for my first collection, I literally went on an inspiration scavenger hunt around our apartment and around town.  I spend a lot of my time thrifting.  Simply because I love the thrill of the hunt, and I also thrift for my vintage sheet business.  I first started thrifting when I was trying to furnish my first apartment.  I got hooked almost immediately! Shortly after I started thrifting, I found my first piece of vintage Pyrex.  A few years later, I found my first Dansk Kobenstyle enamelware pot.  Now, thrifting and collecting is still a big part of my life.  I never go more than a week without going out to at least a few stores, poking around for my next big find!

Arabia Finel by Jeni Baker
Arabia Finel, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
So, it hit me pretty quickly that my biggest inspiration is my mid-century modern collections.  Pyrex casseroles and bowls from the 60s and Scandinavian enamelware from the 50s.  I visited my local library and scoured through every book I could find on Scandinavian and mid-century modern style.  I combed the local antique malls hunting for inspiration (and goodies of course!).  Thankfully, I have substantial collections, so there was really no lack of inspiration!


I'm not sure I could tell you why I'm so attracted to mid-century modern design.  I just love the clean, bold designs, bright pops of color and smooth shapes.  I think the seed started way back in 2006 when my favorite band, Keane, came out with their second album, Under the Iron Sea.  The artwork was done by an up and coming Finnish artist, Sanna Annukka and I fell in love.  I still have a giant poster hanging in our bedroom with the artwork, so I can see it everyday.  So, that's how I discovered Scandinavian and mid-century modern design!

I used a lot of my favorite things about mid-century modern design and translated it into my fabric collection.  The prints are graphic, a lot of clean lines and shapes.  The colors are totally classic retro colors.  Was very inspired by my enamelware when it came down to colors.

Swiss Chalet Butter Dish by Jeni Baker
Swiss Chalet Butter Dish, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Cups by Jeni Baker
Cups, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Friendship by Jeni Baker
Friendship, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Wow, I got really chatty! How about more fabric pictures?!

I cannot wait to start sewing with them and sharing all the possibilities with you!  I'll be sharing Color Me Retro at Fall Quilt Market next month! Also, if you're coming to Sewing Summit, I'll bring some there for you to see! It will be hitting stores in February! :)

Okay, off to plan some projects! See you soon!

73 comments :

  1. I really like it! The colors are great!

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  2. Lovely fabrics coming soon to be gathered, horded, and used.

    Congrats, again. I can't wait to get some when it's available.

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  3. Cant wait ti buy sone! LOVE IT!

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  4. Absolutely! Love! The colors! And design....can't wait to pet the fabric!

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  5. These are great! They don't look retro to me, however, but very fresh! Love them and congrats!

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  6. Oh these are lovely :). I will buy some for sure. And I'll save the salvage just because :)

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  7. Wow Jeni the collection is beautiful! Stunning colours. Congratulations!

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  8. Way to go girl! The collection looks great and no one deserves this more than do. However February is going to be a long time to wait :(

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  9. I cannot wait for your collection to be released...it is just beautiful! I like to call this modern vintage...I know, sounds a little cliche'! Congratulations!

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  10. Wow! your collection is amazing!! Love.. love.. love it!! Can't wait for them to be release! And.. Congratulations!!! ^^

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  11. How exciting for you! It's nice to hear about your inspiration!

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  12. this is going to be really fun!

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  13. Congratulations! Your fabric collections are amazingly beautiful!

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  14. Congrats again Jeni !! I soooo love your collection <3

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  15. Congrats Jeni!! The collection looks amazing and I can't wait to be able to pick some up! :)

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  16. Congratulations--it looks like a lovely collection!

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  17. Thank you for sharing your inspiration, Jeni. Your fabric is very fresh with clear colors - lovely!
    ; )

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  18. big love! can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  19. Congrats Jeni! They look lovely and I'm sure you'll do great things with them!!

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  20. I'm not sure what I like more - the Pyrex or the fabric! Both are SO great! I am not sure how long it will be before we see your wonderful fabric down under!

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  21. Congratulations on your first fabric line!! Great inspiration, love the colors and the designs! And thank you for sharing your journey to 'Color Me Retro'! I enjoyed reading it!

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  22. The fabric looks AWESOME Jeni. I am so exciting for you - can't wait to see what kind of great creations you make from them :)

    I'm trying to get some for my store as well - crossing my fingers :)

    -Q

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  23. Congrats again Jeni - it's such a fun, fresh line. And I love, love, inspiration posts - I always find it so interesting where ideas come from. I'm really looking forward to see the projects you make with your own line.

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  24. Love the bold colours and clean lines. I have signed up with Hawthorne Threads to be advised when it arrives in their store so I can order some. Congratulations, and here's to many more collections from you, as I am sure 'Color me Retro' is going to be a huge success.

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  25. Lovely fabrics. Congrats from Spain!

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  26. It's even better looking on fabric if that is possible and so you! I can just imagine all the cute looking purses and quilts you are going to stitch up!! So happy for you :)))

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  27. Lovely fabrics. Congratulations. I saw them in Hawthorne Threads coming soon section. How cool is that?

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  28. They look so lovely as fabrics, major congrats! =D

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  29. Wheeee! Beautiful fabrics, congratulations! :)

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  30. I think I have the plate to your enamelware, from my husband's great aunts home after they passed away. Congratulations on your collection! How thrilling, and to see YOUR name on them!

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  31. Congrats!! That's awesome and the prints are beautiful!

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  32. Um.. love. Also, I TOTALLY approve of the Keane inspiration. :) Can't wait to see this in person!

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  33. Congratulations on your new line. I can only imagine how excited you are! This line has great color and shape. Can't wait to see it in "action".

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  34. Beautiful! Congratulations, Jeni! Love the clean, fresh look of the designs and those colors...takes me way back. Wow, when I think of all the Pyrex and enamelware my parents sold at yard sales years ago before they retired and moved... :-/

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  35. Yay, Jeni!!!! It looks awesome! I love the bright colors and clean lines, too. Can't wait to get some of my own!

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  36. How exciting! Congrats... and Feb is WAY to long to wait for me! lol

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  37. There are not a whole lot of collections that I look at and KNOW I will DIE if I don't buy the whole thing, immediately. This is one of them. (Count yourself among elite company, with Denyse and Anna Maria.) Congratulations. My favorite is the big floral on red ground.

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  38. Lovely fabric, what a thrill for you. Congratulations! When can we expect to see this in stores?

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  39. Congratulations Jeni!!! Love your collection!
    Hugs from Holland!

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  40. So excited for you Jeni! And can't wait to see it in person at sewing summit!

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  41. Oh my gosh they are fantastic! The more I saw the more I liked! Great choices!

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  42. Congrats on your fabric! I can think of tons of projects I can make with hit. Can't wait to get my hands on some =)

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  43. How exciting! love the colors and design of your new fabric line!

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  44. These fabrics will really brighten up the gray days in February! I love them as much as the inspiration. Well done!

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  45. wow jeni, they're incredible and the colors couldn't be more perfect. I love mid-cen and scandanavian stuff, somehow I think because I'm part Norwegian, but who knows. You're living the dream girl!!! You should be so proud.

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  46. Oh SO happy for you! And so happy for me, come February!!!! They look fabulous in every way!

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  47. Congratulations, Jeni! I have to tell you that I have the same small Pyrex casserole dish in your photo Friendship -- the one with the orange-red birds and gold accents. It was my mom's and I've had it for years on "long-term loan." Not only do I love the design on it, but it's also the perfect size for so much of my cooking-for-1. I'm glad to see it has a twin out there in the world!

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  48. It's gorgeous Jeni, congrats again! I loved hearing more about your inspiration too, thanks for sharing! Can't wait to get my hands on some of your fabric in February :)

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  49. Your new fabric line is gorgeous Jeni! Congratulations! I am so excited to see what other great things you come up with! :)

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  50. These fabrics are awesome Jeni! Congratulations! I can't wait to get my hands on some :)

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  51. I love your colors and designs and can't wait to get my hands on some! I'm excited to see what you have in store for the future, great job!

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  52. WOW! High five-- Your fabric collection is BEA-U-TI-FUL.

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  53. I love this collection and can't wait to get my hands on these prints!!!

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  54. I love these, you can really see the inspiration behind the designs, and yet they look very modern

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  55. CONGRATULATIONS Jeni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your collection!!!!

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  56. It is really REALLY awesome, Jeni!

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  57. Congratulations Jeni!! They are so wonderful!

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  58. Congratulations!! Some really great prints and colour schemes there! =D

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  59. Those are gorgeous pics--all of them! Can't wait to see it and sew with some, Jeni!

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  60. How exciting! It's so cool to see the inspiration for your fabric line. Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Love your fabrics and look forward to quilting up a storm with these. Well done.

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  62. February?? God... :( Hope they are available in Spain by then, too, and not any later!

    They are gorgeous! Btw, the name for the collection is also very nice! (I will remember it, which means a lot for I'm terrible at remembering names of designers, collections and such... ;P)

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  63. O my God.. the cups are fabulous!! perfect colors and great form! NEED THOSE.... :D

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  64. I love the designs! And as someone who has taken just a couple of art classes, I always appreciate when someone can describe something the way that you did.

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  65. Really? We have to wait until February??? When that FINALLY happens, it will make a nice birthday-to-me present. Congratulations on your first collection. It's beautiful.

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  66. Congratulations, Jeni! The collections is really great and there isn't a print I don't like! I love the colours, colour combinations and the retro patterns! So excited! Good thing my self-imposed fabric buying ban is long over in February! :-)

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  67. OMG, I want that fabric SOOO badly!!

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  68. I love to see a great fabric line coming out with purple! Keep up the great work, Jeni!

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