Janet Broxon has designed quite a few luscious fabric collections for P&B. Her current collection, Gypsy Wind, features rich colors, textures and swirling artwork. We asked Janet how she gets her ideas and a few other questions as well.
WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM?
I think inspiration always comes from a little bit of everywhere and everything. All the nature I’m surrounded by in Maine, shopping, art festivals, museums, traveling, research, all contribute.
DO YOU HAVE AN ARTIST WHO INSPIRES YOU?
There is probably a little bit of influence in Gypsy Wind from one of my favorite artists, Paul Klee, but also Folk Art from around the world: Indian, Aboriginal, Mexican, African, etc.
HOW DO YOU GET STARTED DESIGNING A FABRIC COLLECTION?
Most of my collections have begun with a piece of my art or illustration that I’ve already completed, with lots of patterning within, from which I create a main print. Working with a designer from P&B, we then pull out a lot of coordinates or come up with new ones that will complement.
YOUR COLLECTIONS SOMETIMES HAVE A TROPICAL FEEL. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM VACATION?
Given that it is winter now in Maine, I usually crave some place very warm, possibly tropical with beautiful beaches and known for a vibrant colorful culture with great food. That could be a lot of places I guess. I wouldn’t be terribly picky.
CURRENT FAVORITE BOOK OR MOVIE?
In this category there are so many favorites. I’m currently on “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest,” the third book of the trilogy by Stieg Larsson . These books contain a bit of everything: murder mystery, love story, family saga and corporate and government corruption.
CURRENT ART/CRAFT PROJECT?
I’m getting more interested in mixed media collage. I like to create art using a wide variety of materials including bits of fabric from my collections. I also recently acquired a sewing machine, so I am anxious to get creating some fun but more basic sewing projects like pillows, bags, wall hangings and scarves.