Virginia Lee Burton was an artist who lived from August 30,1909 – October 15, 1968. She and I share a birthday!Burton was widely known for her children’s books which include Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Katy and the Big Snow, The Little House, and Calico the Wonder Horse.
I am writing about her on this blog because she also designed fabric. She taught block printing to a group of artists in Cape Ann and they formed a group called The Folly Cove Designers. They made fabric, and they also built a community. They would have big parties and dance on the tables.
On a recent trip to Gloucester, Massachusetts I saw an exhibit about the Folly Cove Designers at the Cape Anne Museum. Here is a photo of the room there:
And here are some of the textiles that were on exhibit.
Virginia Lee Burton inspires me because she jumped into life with both feet, and did what she loved. She didn’t seem to care about categories. There is a wonderful video about her called A Sense of Place.
When I flew home I got an email from a company called Vida Design Studio, based in San Francisco. Vida connects designers from all around the world, printing items on demand (clothing and scarves). The producers are paid decent money, the artists get a percentage and a portion of the profit goes to literacy programs. So they are making fabric, and they are building community. A digital age Folly- I’m in! I designed some shirts for the Vida Design Site, using the name Julie Paprika. Here are the shirts.
And I designed some men’s pocket squares – cotton scarves.
You can see these things at Vida Design. The link is to my work. You can also see zillions of other designs on their site. If you are interested in becoming a Vida Designer you can click here. Vida is having a summer sale until August 28th: discount codes are on my page.
I’m jumping in to this new project. Now I would like an international VIDA party with dancing on the tables!