CMichelon’s Abstract Curves

“Brazilian women are sexy, strong, independent … they don’t care about being trendy, they care about looking good, fashionable, polished.” — Clarice Michelon

I recently had the pleasure of designing a custom fabric for Toronto-based Brazilian-born designer Clarice Michelon.

Born in Rio Grande do Sul, Clarice started her studies in fashion in Sao Paulo and graduated in fine arts in the South of Brazil. After several years working as a designer for companies, among them Levi’s, she decided to challenge herself and move to Canada.

Clarice asked me to design a fabric for her new Spring / Summer 2013 collection that was recently featured at an eco-fashion show with renowned fashion designer Baby Steinberg.

Spring / Summer 2013 collection by CMichelon. Textile design (top) by Lila Cheekytree.

The fashion show was part of Expressions of Brazil a three-day festival showcasing the diversity of Brazilian culture through an eclectic mix of arts and culture held at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Patchwork, knit and crochet are combined with sharp tailoring in Michelon’s latest collection – inspired by a universe of curves and shapes found in the modernist architecture of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The softness of the fine fabrics (cottons, silks, linen) contradicts with the structured abstracted edges of her dresses and tops.

Spring / Summer 2013 collection by CMichelon. Textile design (pants) by Lila Cheekytree.

Click here to see more images from the fashion show.

For more information about CMichelon or to place an order please click here.

P.S. You can purchase the same eco-friendly digitally printed custom fabric I designed for CMichelon in my Cheekytree shop on Spoonflower.

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Fun Spots – new fabric collection

Have a peek at my newest fabrics that I’ve just added to my shop on Spoonflower.  Fun Spots is a whimsical collection of hand-drawn circles, splotches and stripes.

True Blue – new fabric collection

“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color – pink.” — Raoul Dufy

I love colour but if I had to choose a favourite I’d pick blue. It makes me happy (especially turquoise) and it has a calming effect too. And unlike any other colour you can mix and match blues of almost any shade or hue and they look great together.

Take a peek at True Blue my new collection of fabrics now available in my shop on Spoonflower.

Accentuate the Positive

As the charming 1945 hit song written by Johnny Miller goes, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive”.

I’ve tried to do just that with this collection of geometric fabrics called (you guessed it) Accentuate the Positive now available in my shop on Spoonflower.  I created this hand-drawn pattern while playing with watercolour pencils. The result is an upbeat little print that’s perfect for quilting or small home decor projects like pillows.

Flaunt It – new fabric collection

Have a peek at my Flaunt It collection of fabrics that I’ve just added to my shop on Spoonflower.

This collection was inspired by a day trip I took back in October to the 159th annual Rockton World Fair where I saw the most stylish poultry and pigeons imaginable. If you’d like to see some of the photos I took of these beautiful birds please click here.

I’ve been inspired to create many fabric designs based on the photographs I took that day and I’m excited to share more with you in the weeks ahead.

Hello! Cheekytree Fabric Shop

I’m very excited to share with you my new online fabric shop.

And I’m  equally happy to say my fabrics make Mother Nature Smile because they are not mass produced. Instead they are custom digitally printed especially for you by Spoonflower  the world’s first on-line print on demand textile company situated in Durham, NC. It is used by more than 200,000 individuals world-wide who want to design, sell or buy fabric.

So if you’re a quilter, crafter or sewer you can find unique fabrics you can’t buy anywhere else with:

  • No minimum order
  • Eco-friendly textile printing
  • International shipping
  • Starting from $16.20 per yard
You can choose from 9 different premium natural fabrics including cotton, silk, organic and more. I’ll be adding new designs to my shop each week. Here is a detail of one of my hand-drawn fabrics called Beautiful Curves.

If you make something with one of my fabrics please contact me I want to see it. I’d love to showcase your creation on this blog or my Pinterest profile.

If you’d like to learn more about Spoonflower or just curious to see their state of the art digital textile printers at work, watch this video produced for Time Warner Cable.