Posted by Cindy on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
The fashionable Lila Tueller always brings great color and design to fabric. Lila is our featured artist of the month. Her latest line Isabella, is her first line with Riley Blake Designs. I wanted everyone to get to know Lila a little better so I asked her a few questions about her beginnings, inspirations and late night treats and this is what she had to say....
I started painting young because I had two older siblings who were accomplished artists by the time I was maybe 3 or 4, so I was always getting into their art supplies. But mostly I was just putting paint on the walls and floor without my mother's knowledge.
I started drawing and painting a lot at the age of 11 or 12, and sewing at the same time. My mother bought me oil paints, watercolors and acrylics, and lots of paper tablets to practice on. She was very indulgent when it came to her children and their interests and talents.
I think the things that give me the most inspiration would be nature, gardens and outdoor settings. But I also find lots of inspiration in design magazines and fashion magazines. I love art of any kind, and could spend hours in art museums completely immersed in the colors and shapes and beauty of every form and every era and style. For fabric, I tend to lean toward bold color and design, and I like things to work together in a manner that pleases the eye. But I really love it all, which has caused me to become somewhat of a fabric hoarder!
I have lots of fabric from lots of designers, and love to mix and match it up to create all sorts of things. I think that one of my favorite things about design is color. I absolutely love color. It is the foundation and the starting point of most of my designs. I usually choose my colors based on what is appealing to me right at that moment; something I saw somewhere that made me stop and go "oooooh!" Then I commit myself to that pallet and just sort of ride it out.
I sometimes get carried away in designing to the exclusion of all else. It sort of takes over my whole world and and I lose track of time and responsibility! (Which can be problematic when you have lots of children!) I think the question I get asked the most is: "How do you do what you do and still raise a family?" or..."Do you ever sleep?" The answer to the first question is: "I try to do most of my work when the kids are either at school or in bed for the night." Which brings me to the answer of the second question: "Not much". I will admit to staying up way too late a lot, and then crashing on Sunday afternoons to try and "catch up". But I seem to get a second wind at night when everything is quiet, and off I go. I was asked what my favorite midnight snack is, since I am such a night owl. My answer to that is, "I don't have one. I don't eat at night when I am working, at all. I just don't think about it, and I don't get hungry." I will finish by saying that there is almost nothing I love to do more than designing fabric! It brings me a great deal of fulfillment, and I really, really love working for Riley Blake! They have been so much fun, and so great to work with. It has been a pleasure every step of the way! I hope you will enjoy the fabrics that I have created with them as much as I do!
Thanks Lila, so that is why you are so tiny!
What I find interesting about Lila is the amount of designs and ideas that she has running through her head; she never stops. Artists/designers are fascinating people and I like to hear about what makes them tick. We are so glad to have Lila apart of our Riley Blake Design team and love Isabella and know she has more great fabric lines in the making.
Here is three of Lila's new patterns using Isabella.
A final note, Isabella is the featured fabric for HMQS fabric challenge in May which is held in Salt Lake City. Go to http://www.hmqs.org/riley-blake-challenge.html to find out more.(Yes we are looking forward to the live Auction!) See you there.
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