lovely characters from Sweden
We will introduce you to the lovely fabrics from the book series “Little Pink & Brokiga” which was created by Stina Wirsen a Swedish artist and illustrator. The story of the wonderland with the independent girl in pink dress “Little Pink” and her friends “Brokiga” fascinates fans in Sweden and around the world.
The Swedish word “brokiga” means multi-color and multi-appearance. Looking carefully at each character of “Brokiga” has its own face, color and clothes. It is with Wirsen’s wish that “Every person is different. Why not respect each other’s individuality to get along with everyone?”
A product planner from KOKKA says, “Initially I thought it would be perfect for children’s apparel with its watercolor-style and gentle atmosphere in the illustration of Brokiga.” The prints of tint-colored small patterns are used for the soft double gauze, while the others with sharp and middle-sized patterns are used for fleecy fabric which is great for outer clothing. Since there is a variety of colors, you may feel tempted to create many items with this cute fabric collection.
© brokiga & co
Little Pink JG 40110-100 double gauze
The Little Pink of various postures and expressions is printed all over the fabric. There are 3 colorways but keeping the pink color of the character.
Pop and colorful fabric loved by followers of “kawaii”(*1) items
We covered CANDY PARTY as the 2nd guest for our “visit artist” column. Marinko is one of the designers for CANDY PARTY as well as the owner of her shop CARAMEL-CRUNCH. Marinko collaborated with the shop’s creator 3no6 for their new collection that we are covering here. Marinko says, “Love loud design! Love pop and colorful items!! Love handmade stuffs!!! This collection is for lovers of gaudy and cute stuff regardless of age, sex, and race!” There are four different designs. The prints of “universe” and “vehicles” with large patterns are great for home décor projects such as curtains and bedclothes, and also work well for big bags. The other fabrics “dots x ladybugs” and “checks x ants” are great for clothing for not only kids but also adults because the photographed image prints give the fabrics more reality and less fancy.
Uchu (universe) H3043-1A oxford
Outer space motifs have gotten more popular since last year. “That’s very CARAMEL-CRUNCH!” – You may say so when you see this space motifs’ fabric. “There are jellyfish, Ferris wheels, and spacewalking astronauts in our fabric. By adding items which actually don’t exist in space, we depicted a new universe.” Marinko says with a laugh.
Less obtrusive and simple geometric patterns
Continued from the previous article in this column, we are covering Ellen Luckett Baker’s newest collection FOLK MODERN. Here are another three prints with more sedate and geometric patterns in the collection. The folk art motifs arranged in contemporary style by her are modern and stylish as its name suggests. You can enjoy these fabrics for bags, home décor, or any project.
Medallions JG 41600-1 cotton/linen canvas
The small medallion print can be used solo as well as an accent for solid fabrics or blending well with all the other designs.
Inspired by American and Dutch folk arts
We featured STAMPED by Ellen Luckett Baker in this column last May. Here is her brand-new collection FOLK MODERN. “FOLK MODERN is inspired by the folk art motifs of American and Dutch fork art. I used geometric shapes and bright colors to give the collection a modern feel. The cotton/linen blend of FOLK MODERN is incredibly versatile. I’ve made clothes, pillows, quilts and bags with this fabric.” Baker says. There are six prints in this collection. This time we are introducing three of them.
Sawtooth Flowers JG 41600-3 cotton/linen canvas
One of the traditional quilt motifs, sawtooth, is featured and geometrically redesigned with bright colors.
collaborative project with Ueda College of Fashion
Students of Ueda College of Fashion in Japan who frequent fabric stores are all experts at textiles. KOKKA has created fabrics in collaboration with those young people under the theme of “Things and patterns that I want”. This time we introduce three collections; “unisex style”, “Study Zoo” to be enjoyed by curious kids and parents, and “Charlotte” which is pretty and playful for women who love cute stuff. Two fabrics per collection, a total 6 fabrics, are now ready. Each fabric is filled with fun designs. Make your own things from these fabrics with your creative imagination.
ICHIGO TO ARI(strawberries and ants) unisex style H1620-20 cotton/linen canvas
This is a cotton/linen canvas, which is a medium-weight fabric. Black-and-white strawberries drawings with ants marching toward selected colored strawberries. The thick fabric is perfect for bags. If this fabric is used as a lining, even a simple designed bag will look classy. A bag with the lining should be fine for men to carry out, too.