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By LilyOake
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About this project

Ever since I was a child, I knew my purpose in life was to create art, but not just art. To create beautiful things, using nature as inspiration.

Slipcover Seaside Garden Stripe
Slipcover Seaside Garden Stripe

Drawn to the old-fashioned florals of the early 1930's, popular in rural America and England, I have always been inspired by the bounty of country gardens, especially the flowers grown by my Grandma Thelma, on her farm in Wisconsin, on Lake Maria.

Slipcover: Jane's Rose Bouquet
Slipcover: Jane's Rose Bouquet

As I grew my career in graphic design, I worked on my own designs on the side, from home, designing what I loved best: floral prints.'When Spoonflower and other digital fabric printing services came around, I jumped at the chance to have my designs, including my own paintings, printed onto fabric.

Hampton Roses in Atlantic Blue
Hampton Roses in Atlantic Blue

This is how my dream of sewing simple home accessories came around.  These new opportunities to express one's self through soft mediums such as fabric, are exciting, but costly too.

And that's where I need help.

My journey of fabric design is just taking off, although I am a prolific designer, I rarely have the means to produce onto goods, what i design. 

Lilyoake fabrics in blueberry blue
Lilyoake fabrics in blueberry blue

I live and breathe my art and am always thinking of what next to do, in my mind. I carry a sketchbook with me everywhere and am happiest in front of my easel or computer. 

May Day Rose Bouquet tea towel
May Day Rose Bouquet tea towel

So I ask for help in bringing the beauty of rural gardens to homes through simple, hand sewn hand goods.  In 100% organic cottons, linens, and papers.

But not just beautiful tea towels, lavender sachets or pillows.  I long to bring "American made" back into our lives.  Not mass-produced stuff made in china, but items made with care, printed on American looms, on American woven fabric, and finished by hand by me, in my small studio in Seattle.  Home accessories made with care, one by one.

Emma's Wild Rose Bouquet
Emma's Wild Rose Bouquet

Risks and challenges

One of my biggest challenges is keeping my old printer working at home. While I saved up for a new iMac, I fell short on funding for a decent at-home printer, with which I need to proof my designs.
And a commercial sewing machine, with which to sew the home goods.
I use my 23 year old light-duty, personal sewing machine currently, but would love to purchase a commercial sewing machine which would speed up production considerably.

As far as my designs getting printed on fabrics and papers, i am at the mercy of Spoonflower and other online digital printing services and their schedule. The time of year I order makes all the difference, too. Holidays have up to month wait time, whereas summer months have a day turn around!

My time in-studio is limited by the fact I work FT outside my home, but if I schedule myself carefully, I can get done everything I need to. I have a very supportive fiancé.
And as far as my ideas and creative energy, it seems to be boundless.
I know I have found what I was meant to do in life, because I can't stop thinking about it, and the excitement I feel is unlike anything else I've experienced before, as far as work is concerned!

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    A 3", rustic, hand sewn, lavender filled heart sachet, made from one of my custom fabrics, printed on 100% cotton and filled with Oregon-grown, dried organic lavender.

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