Designer Spotlight: Edi Gonzalez

Designer Spotlight: Edi Gonzalez

by: fabric.com

Q&A

When did you realize you had a passion for art and design?

Looking back at my childhood, I now realize how intrigued I was by layers, from looking under logs for rolly pollies to flipping through I SPY books. My favorite books as a child were also filled with layers. Ezra Keets and Eric Carle both wonderful masters of collage and layers.

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Describe your aesthetic in 3 words.

Layered, Graphic, and Textured.

What was the inspiration behind your latest fabric release?

At Lacefield Designs we are continuously inspired by the detail in everyday life: the details in the tiles you walked passed on vacation, the detail in antique gates, and the details in old block prints.

What’s unique about your latest collection?

All our patterns are created in house and rendered by hand. We utilize different mediums and techniques to achieve patterns that look truly hand done. For instance, to create the mottled and layered textures in the Otomi pattern I first drew the animal and floral motifs on watercolor paper and then painted a light grey wash over the entire drawing.

Before allowing the wash to dry I covered the watercolor paper with a plastic bag. The wet watercolor creeped into the folds of the plastic bag and created a nice worn texture. I then painted the animals and flora over the mottled ground with opaque white ink. In this pattern I used watercolors, inks, pencils, and even a plastic bag to create the overall look and design.

If you had to choose one favorite fabric from your entire line, what would it be and why?

That’s a hard one. I do love the Otomi pattern. Being a first generation, Mexican American I felt very fortunate to be able to research and recreate the spirit of the beautiful Otomi embroideries into a water-colored pattern.

What are your current favorite trends in sewing?

I feel like I’ve seen a drapery renaissance all over social media lately. It’s a great way to add style and function to your space. If you live in a home where adding wallpaper or paint isn’t an option, drapery can be customized to fit any window and there are so many great DIY videos out there to make it happen. Whether you choose a small ditsy sized pattern or a beautiful, oversized design, custom drapes instantly add life and sophistication to any room.

What do you love most about creating a DIY project with your fabric?

I love seeing how customers incorporate textiles in their homes and make our designs their very own. It’s so cool to see how one pattern can live in a soft nursery but then look and feel completely different in a maximalist room.

What projects are on your “must make” list right now, especially with this collection?

Like everyone else during 2020, I picked up a couple DIY crafts and they were sewing and gardening. So far, I’ve made two tops and one skirt. I do have a few dream sewing projects up my sleeve, big and small!

A Sturdy Tote Bag

I’d love to make a sturdy tote bag. I’m a new mama and find myself carrying a lot more these days. Lacefield Designs prints on a base cloth we call Heavy Basket. It has a great tight weave and I love how natural it looks.

Baby Tortoise Halloween costume

Fall is near and I’m already obsessing over my daughters Halloween costume! I designed a hexagon shaped pattern called Dante; we offer it in a bluey-green colorway called Peridot. I was thinking I could construct a shell shape using the Dante textile which is very reminiscent of the scutes of a tortoise shell. How cute would a baby tortoise Halloween costume be?!

Cape Style Coat

I’ve always wanted to turn one of our fabrics into a cape style coat for my daughter. My coworker and fellow designer Ross Andrews designed a holiday inspired pattern for fabric.com called Christmas Eve that I think would make for a cute holiday cape.

What other blogs/brands/designers inspire you most?

Beth Lacefield - I am without a doubt inspired by the design team at Lacefield Designs. Founder and Owner, Beth Lacefield is an amazing designer, painter, and jewelry maker! She is a true mentor and I’ve learned so much under her wing. Beth has collected hundreds of beautiful art books along with amazing beads, antique documents, and other relics that surround the design room at Lacefield - it is truly an inspiring place to be.

Jessamyn Stanley -I ALWAYS need a good audiobook to listen to when I’m designing. Lately I’ve been loving Jessamyn Stanley’s book, Yoke. The author narrates their book and has me laughing with them but all the while thinking about what self-acceptance means to me as a new mama and beginner in yoga.

After Hours Pottery - Jensen Harris is one person, handling all aspects of her craft and business. I’ve watched her grow to over 140,000 followers in two years on Instagram-all organically because she is just that amazing! Her quote is, “My favorite color is all the color” and it is very evident in her dreamy pottery pieces. I am lucky to call her a friend and confidante.

What’s next for you? What’s inspiring your next projects or fabric release?

For me personally, I’d like to write and illustrate a children’s coloring book in Spanish! I’ve been researching themes, layouts, and patterns! Maybe 2022?! At Lacefield, our next fabric release will be inspired by watercolor florals, block print inspired designs, and the ever-classic small ditsy patterns that everyone loves so much.

What do you love to do when you aren’t designing and creating?

When I’m not designing and creating; I am learning how to become the best mama I can be to my nine-month-old daughter. I’m almost 40 and thought I had most of life figured out but having a baby has taught me that I’m still growing and learning!

Tell us one thing people might not know about you.

That I am passionate about herpetology and even keep a few reptiles! I have a small studio in my house where I make art AND keep my reptiles, which creates a unique opportunity for me to teach my daughter about natural history, ecology, and conservation.

Have you or any other makers created anything with your collection yet?

You can always search the hashtag #LacefieldDesigns and watch our Instagram stories where we repost lovely photos from our customers creations.

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