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The AGF experience at Quilt Market.

Hello hello!

I'm glad you enjoyed our pics from Market, it was soo much work but oh so rewarding in the end!

So you know how they say "a picture is worth a thousand words"? Well that might be true, but because nothing tells the story like a VIDEO, the video-editing genius and graphic design extraordinaire Kat (part of our awesome AGF team lol) made this cool video about our experience at Market.

As you'll be able to tell, it was insanely rolling-on-the-floor-laughing fun and we had the best time ever, I honestly can't complain.

So if you never attended Market you'll be able to see a little bit of what really goes on in there (plus you'll get to see the AGF team making a fool out of ourselves in public lol) 

I still laugh everytime I watch it ha! What do you think, is this what you would expect to see at Market? What do you imagine it's like? Do share!

Happy long weekend everyone!

Love,

Pat. 

 

ps. Can't watch it on YouTube? Watch it on Vimeo or Facebook


Fall Market Recap.

Hey! 

This is Fab again. Last post I told you I would come back with the recap on what went down at Market in Houston... so here it goes!

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This is our Hyperreal Garden wall; there's actually a fun fact about the mannequin's flower head lol. Basically, it was a total accident. We had some leftover flowers so I just went ahead and jammed them in there as a joke and then Pat goes like "I LOVE THAT!", so they stayed! They actually look pretty awesome IMHO. 

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Some Hyperreal pillows... no pattern yet :$

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And this is the Bespoken wall... I particularly ADORE the pattern on the wall. It should be wallpaper right? 

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This was quite a show-stopper; the "blender wall", made out of strips of Pure Elements and Oval Elements, people even asked if they were painted on the wall, haha!

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Aaaand the Modernology showroom which I'm madly in love with! Seriously, the last day of Market when we had to take it all out I almost cried. I might have shed a tear.

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Between you and I, the sight of that bed from accross the aisle was KILLING us. 

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NOTE TO SELF: Cover books with fabric as soon as I move out. The girls and I were dying when we saw how they turned out!

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This dress almost makes me wanna have a daughter like, now. Almost

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And that's Pat receiving the award for 2nd Best Double Booth! For the 2nd time in a row! Woohoo! It's cool to get the recognition for all the effort you make... and it's even cooler to hang the red award ribbon on the wall lol.

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Joking around with the guys on our favorite couch... hey! After all, what is work without a little play?

Well I would show you some of the new stuff we presented but let's just keep the intrigue a little longer... it's more fun ;)

Hope you enjoyed the scoop and I'll be back soon... but before that you'll get to see some changes around here and get to meet my co-workers (and awesome friends) Angie and Kat. So yeah... stay tuned!

xo,

Fab. 


Back to the East Coast.

Wow. That's basically the word that sums up my trip to Los Angeles. From the crowded downtown streets, to the gorgeous shopping district in Santa Monica with its flawlessly dressed people, everything was just Wow. And please do not get me started on the weather. Yeah, I know the Miami weather is not really something to complain about, but California weather is PER-FECT! Can you imagine a life without hair frizz? 

Aaaaanywho, the first day we got there we didn't have to do anything show-related so me and the girls went out shopping in Santa Monica... well, not a lot of actual shopping was done, more like "window shopping" but oh well. Still fabulous! 

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Ok this store was amazing. Period.

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Brandy Melville is the name of this super cute store. Think california surfer girl meets Anthropologie. Gorgeous!

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Then it was time to get down to business.

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At l.a textile they make this thing called the "trend forum", which consists of inspirational visuals from the fall 2012 trends; fabrics, notions, pictures and pure awesomeness. They do this so designers can immediately understand what the upcoming trends are, and what kind of fabrics they should use... and guess what?? I spotted quite a lot of my fabrics in the pack! Biggest honor ever.

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Can you recognize some Bazaar Style, Hyperreal Garden and Bespoken? And the tribal print from Bohemian Soul? Woohoo!

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 I love me some shoes.

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How do you like our brochure?? 

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The girls made this gorgeous caftan dress using our new voile! Wish you could touch the picture and feel the softness lol. 

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We made these cool dreamboards to create different moods;and also made one board for each of the Fall 2012 trends. There were a headache to make but totally worth it!

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Just a girl with really cool hair haha.

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And me in one of my favorite tops which my husband totally hates, haha! What side are you on? 

L.A I'll miss you! hope to be back there soon... like, very soon. 

Whoa those were a lot of pics! Alright you guys have an amazing weekend, I'll be back on Monday with new fabric goodness yum!

Love,

Pat. 


Art Gallery Fabrics starts HERE.

Raise your hand if you don't like getting fresh new fabric delivered to your door...

No hands? I thought so.

We all love it when we hear a knock (or a ring!) on the doors and it's the UPS man with a pack filled with gorgeous, beautiful new fabric. But sometimes we get so carried away with the glamorous aspect of the fabric that we forget about the immense process that takes place before we get our crafty hands on it...

And where does this process take place? In our case, all the way in Asia. And off they went again the two loves of my life: my hubby Walter and my son Alex (for him was his first trip) to get up close and personal with Art Gallery Fabrics in the making.

The process is super interesting! I could describe it step by step but seeing it in pictures is a little better, right?

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This is where it all begins: the big fat blank roll of fabric.

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Behind each inspiring color there's someone who spends all day mixing paint by hand looking for the exact tone... impressive, huh? This process is made for each of the colors involved in one print!

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Isn't this machine amazing??

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After they find the exact colors, the screen-printing process begins...

Many screens! One for each color.


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Only one small section of the fabric is printed each time the squeegee covers the screen... so imagine printing thousands of yards!

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Once all colors are applied, the printing is done! Recognize this one? This is the before...

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And after! "Soft tiny buds" from the "Paradise" collection ready to roll!

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And voila! Fresh new fabric ready to ship.

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More fabric!, but this time is "Dreaming in French"

Isn't it awesome to see how it's done? There are many other steps in this process that would take me hours to explain, but everything together involves a lot of hard working people from both sides of the isle... My son Alex was fascinated; he took zillions of pictures of our fabrics in progress... For me, it's the closest thing to actually being there (I don't know how I feel about the 24 hour flight haha!)

It's really cool that they got to see everything in action, but I must confess something: I'M SO GLAD THEY'RE BACK!!

Talk to you soon!

Love,

Pat.

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A moment of love

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They have just come back from Asia and brought me many, and I mean MANY pictures. From the Mills, of the fabric's production process, about the coloring, inks, new styles; but I decided to have these as the most important to me. They talk about the love of father and son, the joy of being together, their rapport. They also talk about the pride of a father because his son wants to follow his steps in the business, and the pride of a son because his father wants to teach these steps to him.
This is a moment that speaks about Love and a special relation, and I wanted to share it with you.
This is what my family and what Art Gallery Fabrics are made of. A lot of Love.

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Want to see some pics on how our fabrics are produced? Wait for me until I share them on the next post...

 

Love,

Pat

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The Market Chronicles, Part 2.

Hi! 

Thank God is Friday, right?? What are your plans for the weekend? I personally gotta catch up with my Netflix queue, haha! I have a whole bunch of movies to watch and I'll try to find some time to actually sit down, relax, and watch them!

Remember I told you I wanted to show you more about Market? Well, as promised, here's more!

I figure you already had a lot to read and take in with my last looong post, so I decided to put together a video so it'll feel a little bit more "real"... We had a lot of fun, you'll probably be able to tell! 

So, what do you think? Would you like to see more videos? I'm kinda getting into the whole video thing, I think is such a fun and dynamic way to show you, in real time, what I do and how it gets done.

With that said, I'm gonna go back to my studio for a little while and then go and ENJOY THE WEEKEND! I hope you do that too!

Love,

Pat.