While designing Heirloom, Alexia found inspiration in the fabrics of vintage heirloom quilts. She wanted to create her own versions of the small scale prints with since color backgrounds, and her hand craved motifs sits beautifully and quietly together in a refreshed sunrise palette. A quilt-inspired canvas print completes the collection. Alexia also added six new colors to her popular Add It Up basic spectrum, which can be mixed into Heirloom projects but also stand strongly as their own mini color group.
Alexia's work is raw and a bit rough; she like to keep things from becoming too polished. She's very interested in makers' marks, so she does a lot of hand-processing, like painting or block printing. She believes there is an approachable aspect to a piece or print when you can see evidence of the artist's hand in the work.
Nashville-based, Alexia Marcelle Abegg was born in Folsom, California, on the day Mount St. Helens erupted. She has been inspired by her mother's and father's creativity and dedication to art throughout her life. After trying her hand at photography, acting, costuming, custom sewing, and many other creative pursuits, she found a home creating fine art quilts and sewing patterns while living in Brooklyn. She's also created a pattern company with her mom, Michelle called Green Bee Patterns and she was a founding designer of Cotton+Steel. She currently works mostly with clay, paper, textiles, paint, ink, and dye, and her hands are always moving.