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.
Elizabeth Jean Younce
Elizabeth Jean Younce
Elizabeth Jean Younce is a Los Angeles based Printmaker and Illustrator. She operates a small business called Mustard Beetle through which she designs and produces hand-printed Textiles, Prints, and Goods. Elizabeth and Mustard Beetle are both very inspired by the natural world. With a focus on flora and fauna, Elizabeth captures fleeting moments of our fragile ecosystem. The Wild Coast is Elizabeth’s debut collection with Birch Fabrics. This collection features some of the West Coast’s most unique habitats from the Redwood Forest, to the Superbloom wildflower fields. It examines the symbiotic relationship between Sea Otters and Kelp while also admiring the beauty of Hummingbirds and Passion Flowers that can be seen even in some of the largest metropolitan areas.
Find more of her art here.