Amy Butler Design

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Location: online only

Store History

  • Founded: 1992
  • Founded by: Amy Butler
  • Headquarters: Granville, OH

I started making small passport sized bags while living in Kansas City in the late 80's. There was a great energy about it. I sold to small boutique shops around the country, basically by hand-picking stores that I loved and making personal introductions. David and I moved back to Ohio (my home) in 1992 and started our little Art of the Midwest studio with two cats and about $1,200. Time was spent chopping wood for the 150-year-old cabin/house that we had rented on 190 acres of rural farmland, tending chores, and making art. I started creating surface designs for a friend who went into business as a design rep. in NYC. This I did at night mostly. We loved it. After years of hard work fixing up two houses, and having been a contributing editor for Country Living magazine, I started thinking about those little bags that I had made less than 10 years ago. I wanted to create that feeling again so I started my sewing pattern business. My company, my brand, is really just a great vehicle to share my work. I love meeting other artists and trading notes. I love the process. Everybody has a personal story, and a personal creative voice. I just want to help my "friends" realize it.

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amybutlerdesign.com

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We can't remember where we found Amy Butler, but scrolling through her website is like opening up the windows on a sunny day. Bright, colorful, poppy fabric designs will make you smile as they work their way across pillows, bags and books...Of course, we're interested in the pillows and the straight-ahead fabric. Based in Granville, Ohio, Amy has successfully separated herself from all of our NYC trends and aims for the intimate. Her collection of vintage fabrics is a definite influence, but her colors and composition are totally contemporary.
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Her site features pics of her studio along and links to see all of her fabrics, sewing patterns, books and stationary. For a list of where to buy Amy Butler fabric, click here.

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(Edited from this post originally published 3.16.07)

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