Get the retro look with Jane Foster.  Photography to Alun Callender


Fun with Fabric by Jane Foster

Fun with Fabric

I have wanted to get my hands on this book for a long time. Everything about it gives pleasure, starting with the jolly graphic red and white print cover, and bright yellow spine and the cartoon line drawing of Jane herself.

The book starts with a description and influences, of Jane’s nineteen seventies childhood from the bright bold Habitat patterns to Danish designs sold in Heals. She describes as how a student in the 1980’s she started to collect vintage fabrics from the 1950’, 60’s and 70’s.

Far from just being a collector of fabrics, Jane shows us ways of using and displaying them to create fun ideas for the home.

Not a purist, Jane mixes and matches and shows the reader how to create their own retro inspired fabrics, touching upon both screen and digital printing.

Jane at work in her studio

Jane at work in her studio

The book is full of, very, easy to make projects my favourite is the Wall Tidy, with its one colour print with combs, pens, and spectacles.

Printed wall tidy

Wall tidy

The back of the book has a directory with website addresses for vintage fabrics, Scandinavian fabrics and screen-printing and digital printing courses and suppliers.

Sweet printed Panda's

Sweet printed Panda’s


Published by Collins and Brown an imprint of Anova Books







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