Since last year, when Clothworks released its newest basic collection, American Made Brand solid fabrics, we’ve attracted a lot of positive attention in delivering a product that is strictly grown and made right here in the USA! From your favorite Local Quilt Shop (LQS), to manufacturers of homegoods & garments, to textile artists– all of our wholesale customers who order AMB solid fabrics also share a common goal in supporting economic growth in the USA by bringing manufacturing back here to our shores. I’ve met so many folks who are ecstatic about AMB and profusely thank Clothworks for offering such a quality product that is proudly made here in the USA! It’s wonderful to connect with such a diverse group of customers, but my absolute favorite part of my job is seeing what folks do with American Made Brand solid fabric after purchasing from us.
Sifting through my inbox one day, I was thrilled to open an email from one of our customers, Joann Condino, textile artist & owner of Three Pines Studio, a collective of local artists based near the northern tip of Michigan. Joann is a brilliant fiber artist who has developed a signature style using her extensive collection of antique wood block designs printed onto quality linen and cotton fabrics. As she already sources locally for spun wool produced by sheep in Northern Michigan for use in her hand-painted yarns called the Colors of Crooked Tree Yarn Collection, she was overjoyed to have found a local source for cotton fabric to use with her wood block printing.
“I spotted AMB cotton in a Country Living magazine last summer. Someone had made cotton dinner napkins and praised the quality of the cotton. I became obsessed to find the company so that I could offer to our studio client’s great quality cotton that has been grown, spun and woven in the USA. I was so happy when I made contact with the customer service department at AMB, the company has been fantastic to work with.” — Joann Condino, textile artist & owner of Three Pines Studio.
Working in her studio year-round, Joann is inspired by the beautiful natural landscape of Northern Michigan, and continues to keep up with modern color trends. The many pine trees surrounding her studio, and blooming flower gardens filled with birds & berries in the summertime, as well as Pantone’s color of the year for 2015, Marsala, have all lent their inspiration. Joann’s exquisite eye for color shines through in her beautiful fiber art– from hand-painted yarn and wearable art, to her signature wood block prints. Now Joann can proudly continue to source locally in producing her creations, using American Made Brand solid cottons in her wood block prints.