February 2, 2012
So, first things first. I feel the need to disclaim that no one is paying me to say any of this, or even asked me to write about it. I just hate when I see a really talented person who's work I think is under-appreciated, plain and simple! I first learned about Mark Cesarik when his wife Cara contacted me about his first fabric line for FreeSpirit, Calypso Swing (remember this post? I also included a lovely gray print she sent me from that line in this bundle).
I've kept an eye on his work ever since, and I hate that I rarely see anything pop up on Flickr that's made with his fabric, because I seriously love the bold, graphic look of his lines, and how they're bright and fun without being super girly. It's nice having male designers out there in the quilting fabric world like Mark Cesarik and Joel Dewberry, because although their lines are produced for the predominantly female quilting world, they have a definite masculine edge to them that I love. Because as much as I obsess over fairy tales and flowers and adorable Japanese fabric, sometimes I want a print that's a bit more grown up so I can feel all cool and edgy walking into a work meeting or strolling down Magazine Street with it, ya know? I was actually talking with some friends about this the other day, and we all agreed that's one of the main reasons we love Anna Maria Horner's fabric, because it's incredibly bold and colorful, yet sophisticated at the same time.
Anywho, his newest line is Cosmic Burst (view swatches here) and it comes out in April. The mosaic I put together up top showcases some of my favorites from the line...wouldn't they make fabulous summer bags and clothing? *swoon*