At Fall Quilt Market, I decided to check out Valori Wells‘ Schoolhouse presentation about her latest fabric line, Mystic from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I have a few pieces of Valori’s fabrics I adore but other than that, I had no expectations about the presentation. I wanted to “meet” her and learn more about her fabric design process. She stood at the front of the room with a beaming smile and showed pictures from her latest trip. Her words and animated story telling style made me feel like I was traveling along with her. Then she showed the fabric designs… I might have squealed a little bit. The colors. The intricate design. The feelings of vibrant happiness. It was impossible to ignore all of the feelings her line inspired in me. (You can check out the lookbook created for the fabric line here.)
After her presentation, I walked up to her, handed her my business card and asked if she would consider being on the podcast. She immediately said yes and pretty much made my day.
At the time, I knew Valori was a great story teller, the daughter of Jean Wells and lived in Sisters, Oregon. I have often said that the scariest part of the podcasting process for me is the lack of control over the conversation. Conversations happen organically and I try not to push them too much. Sure, I prepare as well as I can before the interview. But I can not predict the nuances, direction or depth of the conversation. (And frankly, I have no desire to predict it. The fun is in the unpredictability.)
With our conversation, we dig into so many important topics. We talk about the realities and unpredictability of a fabric designer. She talks about how she works with her mother and the challenges of living in the moment when you are self employed. Her creative journey has been transformed by traveling and you get a glimpse into her thought process. It is a fun conversation where she uses curse words and we laugh a lot. I am sure you will love it.
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Notes from the Show:
This episode is sponsored by:
Creativebug (two free week trial and three free classes to keep forever using promo code THREEFREE)
Fat Quarter Shop (don’t forget 15% off everything but gift certificates using code:craftyplanner).
During the podcast, Valori talked about how traveling has inspired her. Leave a comment about a way you have been inspired in your creative journey or something you think would inspire you. I will announce the winner next Monday, March 28th.
Thank you for listening!