Hello and welcome to five/eleven!
For this first post I wanted to introduce you to my various sources of inspiration on this great adventure!
I'll start with my two boys. I began to sew in 2013 when I was pregnant with my second son. I wanted to make him simple things with fabric prints I could not find in shops. I mainly started with bibs - a lot of them! and then changing mattress covers and blankets. And then I made hair clips for my friends' daughters.
As these two ingenious and funny little guys grew up, other ideas and inspirations came to me for new, useful and everyday products lead by the desire to be easy to use, fun and exciting to look at, while keeping the sweetness and innocence of childhood.
I began to look at fabrics and fabric designers and after a few years of use and research here are the ones that I have specifically chosen for five/eleven because I believe they have a unique touch.
- My Little Venture. Venture is the proud creator of the beautiful flamingo fabric. My Little Venture was launched in London in 2013 by French illustrator, wallpaper and textile designer, Venture de Saboulin. Her designs are very delicate and full of grace, she also makes them into beautiful wallpapers and stationery.
- France Duval-Stalla. France is a French fabric designer based in Paris. Her shop in the 6th arrondissement is a gem and I could spend hours there. She is the one that makes the silver dots prints and the wonderfully soft diamond shape quilted terry of the baby blankets.
- Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics. Sarah Jane is a designer and illustrator. She lives in Utah, USA her work is populated with loveable characters. I discovered her work in France and got to know more about her when I arrived in the US. Her art prints are also very inspiring and full of nostalgia.
- Nani Iro. Naomi Ito is the designer behind the Nani Iro Japanese brand. I discovered her work in 2013 and instantly fell in love with her watercolors on fabric that makes each piece unique. I use it for the mummy's pouch as I believe it has more of a grown up feel to it.
All these artists are great sources of inspiration for me and I hope you will like this collection as much as I do!
Enoy your visit and the products!