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Heather Ross is an illustrator and designer who divides her time between the California coast and the hills of Vermont where her childhood home and much of the inspiration behind her art can both be found.
Heather learned to sew and to knit before she turned six, and has been designing patterns and clothing since she was ten. After a brief distraction as a pre-law candidate, Heather travelled to San Miguel De Allende, Mexico to pursue a graduate degree in Fine Arts, with a specialization in Folk Art and Textiles. Returning to California in 1994, Heather studied fabric printing in Mendocino with Lolli Jabobsen, and fell in love with the medium of silkscreening.
Heather first gained widespread notoriety as the creator behind the much celebrated children's apparel brand Munki Munki, known for its whimsical prints and styling. Heather's conversational prints often celebrated the themes and images from her own young life spent in the dilapidated farmhouses, swimming holes, and thick woods that defined a "back to the land" Vermont childhood in the 1970's.
Inspired by the print designers of that decade, Lily Pulitzer, Marimekko, and the prolific "Vera", Heather has developed a unique style that has been desribed as everything from "neo-traditional"to modern kitsch, and most things in between. Her bright pallette and humorous details continue to draw attention world wide.
In 2003, Heather introduced a women's pajama line under the Munki Munki label, and offered her prints to the mothers and women who had been seeking out the brand for their children. In 2004, Heather was approached by an established manufacturer and eventually partnered with them to offer the Munki Munki PJ line, happily turning over the manufacturing, and distribution of her fast-growing company, freeing her to focus on other creative opportunities while continuing to create new designs and fabrics for the Munki Munki brand.
Heather's new alliance with Free Spirit Fabrics marks the realization of her lifelong dream of designing a line of fine printed fabrics that can be used to create unique environments and clothing for the young and the young at heart. The prints in her first offering, "Fireflies and Other Mysteries" was designed with the nursery or childs room in mind, although many of the prints could be just as easily imagined in a post-modern or retro kitchen or as a well loved patchwork quilt, or, naturally, within a little girls wardrobe.