"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?"
Heather Bailey gets chills every time she reads this quote. If she could accomplish one thing, it would be to encourage women to discover their fabulousness and find joy in creative expression.
Heather Bailey is a playful and inventive designer of all things happy. With a B.A. in Apparel Design and a knack for style, Heather has run successful businesses in both children’s and women’s accessories. Her designs were eagerly snatched up by celebrities and were offered by many of the world's most exclusive stores including Fred Segal, Henri Bendel, and Bloomingdales, as well as high-end boutiques in Japan, Hong Kong, and Paris.
Fresh and imaginative, Heather's designs have been featured in top fashion magazines, such as InStyle, Glamour, Seventeen, and Mademoiselle. Her work has also been showcased by the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), in recognition of her artistry and superior construction techniques.
Creative expression is one of the great joys of Heather's life and her hands are never still. Sewing and crocheting by the age of eight, and quilting by eleven, Heather has a long-standing love for traditional women’s handicrafts. Over the years, her interests have grown to include knitting, spinning, weaving, stained glass, upholstery, ceramics, bead making, faux finishing, silver smithing, painting and children's illustration. Designing for different mediums, Heather has honed a smart and lively aesthetic that infuses every aspect of her art.
Through all her adventures, sewing has remained Heather’s grand passion. This passion and Heather’s flair for art and color, have now happily married in fabric design. Freshcut™, Heather’s all-original debut collection for Free Spirit, demonstrates Heather’s talent for modern design, as well as her love for vintage nostalgia.
Heather is a busy young mother of two. Her children come first, but when they’re content, Heather is busily sketching fabric designs, dreaming up new projects and patterns, and recording it all on her weblog.
To Heather, “Handicrafts foster a feeling of sisterhood among women. From quilting bees to craft blogs, I'm thrilled to be a part of the growing movement toward creative community.”
Discover more about Heather’s fabric designs and upcoming pattern line at HeatherBaileyDesign.com, or for free project patterns and sewing tips visit her blog at HELLOmynameisHeather.com.