Cynthia Mann is the owner and creative visionary behind Birch Fabrics. An organic fabric enthusiast, and a momma to two beautiful boys. Birch Fabrics was born in 2009, out of a genuine love for organic fabric and a lack of it on her neighborhood fabric store shelves. Cynthia believes that with heart-felt, assertive action, each person can contribute to a healthier planet. You’ll find Cynthia on the beach playing frisbee with her two boys, and her dog Charley. Today Cynthia is one half of the Jay-Cyn design team, and serves as the Art Director for Birch Fabrics.
Jason Rector started off as a Multimedia Designer in the Bay Area, after many years of a diverse design background Jason got on board with Cynthia in starting Birch Fabrics as the Lead Designer and Marketing Director. Now after what seems like such a long journey it’s been a personal pleasure to have seen Birch grow into such an amazing company and to have such wonderful employees to manage and bring Birch into a new era. Jay-Cyn Designs were accepted into the fabric world with open arms and Jason continues to thrive in the partnership he shares with Cynthia and the work he does with the talented group of people the company has surrounded itself with.
Charley Harper, born in 1922, was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters, and book illustrations. In a style he called "minimal realism", Charley captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. When asked to describe his unique visual style, Charley responded:
"When I look at a wildlife or natural subject, I don't see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior, and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting, in a word of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe."
Arleen Hillyer is a self proclaimed cat lady, oddities collector, vintage hoarder and creator – thus Tiki Meow! On the weekend, you may find her tinkering around the house or hosting a back yard BBQ. She will probably be listening to a juxtaposed mix of vintage country, punk rock, ska, and similar sorts. In addition to designing fabric in-house, Arleen serves as head of sales, account manager, customer service pro, as well as assisting in a multitude of other creative ventures.
Jenny Ronen is an illustrator and surface pattern designer from sunny Tel Aviv.
Her work reflects the simple and magical things in life. She creates art for books, textiles, paper goods, magazines and more. She loves collaborating with happy people and making hand painted illustrations with intuitive and dreamy combinations.
Jenny is also the face behind Touchka | Fashion Tales, a brand of illustrated scarves inspired by stories, and litttle.me studio for surface pattern design.
Kristen wants a world where everyone belongs. She draws it everyday with color, pattern and texture; inspired by nature, diversity and kindness. She writes and illustrates books for children and designs just about everything she touches… things like houses, dishes, quilts, kitchens, gardens, fabric, baby clothes, grown up clothes, shoes and even kitchen sinks. Maybe she is making that world piece by piece. She hopes the pieces that make it to you feel like home.
Kristen makes a world where everyone belongs. Folkland is Kristen’s debut collection with Birch Fabrics. Amiable bunnies hop over winged unicorns and doting fairies while fox, chipmunk and mouse whisper of fields peppered with blossoms, mushrooms and rooted four-leaf clovers. There is room for you too in this soft, earthy, enchanted world. Kristen is an award winning children’s book author and illustrator and the designer behind the Little Blue Mushroom Studio.
As a child, Emily Isabella wandered her family’s Wisconsin prairie, pressing Queen Anne’s Lace flowers against her cheeks, pretending they were powder brushes. Her work reflects this idealism and serves as a reminder to continue to tap into our imaginations to remember the child we still are. Her work varies from book illustration to fabric design to wallpaper design and everything in between. Emily Isabella now works from her home studio in the Hudson Valley, New York just north of NYC. She shares her space with her husband, Paul Isabella, who is a furniture designer and their cat, Omelette, who is very bad.
Teagan White is a freelance illustrator specializing in intricate drawings of flora and fauna, playful watercolors of animal characters, and illustrated typography. Her clients have included Target, Papyrus, American Greetings, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Disney Hyperion, Nike, Honda, Ford, Wired Magazine, and the Washington Post, with projects ranging from advertising and editorial to children’s books, greeting cards, and textiles. She lives and works in Minnesota, where she spends her free time following tangled animal paths through forest and field, attempting to befriend gulls on rocky lakeshores, picking wildflowers, and collecting animal bones.
Rebekah Ginda is an American surface and textile designer living in Germany. She considers herself fortunate to be able to spend her workdays creating worlds in her sketchbook, experimenting with paints and pens, and sewing up the fabrics she has designed. Rebekah’s whimsical designs are created for kids and fun adults and her illustrative style likes to play with ideas that can only exist on paper. When outside of her studio, Rebekah can be found riding her bike around town, playing with her family or eating ice cream.
Emily Winfield Martin
Emily Winfield Martin
Emily Winfield Martin makes paintings, books and other things. She is the author and illustrator of the children’s books Dream Animals, Day Dreamers, The Wonderful Things You Will Be, and others. When she was small, she spent every moment drawing, reading, and having peculiar daydreams. When she grew up, she began to illustrate those peculiar daydreams, and after college, she created a shop called The Black Apple, where you can find her art & etceteras. She works in a tiny nook of a studio filled with old children’s books, wind-up toys, and stacks of fabric. Her work is inspired by fairy tales, music, myths, carnivals, children’s books from the late 19th through mid 20th century, her favorite films, and autobiography.