March 16, 2017
Back in the 1970s when I was working in Minneapolis, I found this Marimekko fabric panel at a fabric warehouse. I bought it and saved it in my fabric stash, until about a decade later when I had it hand-quilted and made into a baby quilt for my daughter. I still love the graphic style of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh images. I suppose you could call it a vintage quilt, and for me it is a cherished keepsake.
The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle is currently hosting an exhibit of Marimekko fabrics and designs. A friend and I went yesterday, and we found the colorful pieces quite uplifting on a gray, rainy Seattle day. I only wish the exhibit were larger, as it left me wanting to see more work from this captivating design house.
Marimekko is a Finnish design company, and its team of designers create not only fabric prints, but also simple and fashionable clothes and home products. I could easily see myself wearing some of the loose, blousey, simple dresses over black leggings. If you are interested in finding out more about Marimekko, its website includes a blog, and a series of posts entitled “Every Print Has a Story,” that give some background into the designers and their work.
Here are some photos from the “Marimekko, With Love” exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum: