The Mountaineers

My latest fabric collection is called the Mountaineers. I designed it in collaboration with de Stoffenkamer, a wonderful fabric store in Ghent. It’s their first capsule collection featuring hikers, backpackers and vintage tourists in the mountains. It was a fun project because I love the theme very, very much!

The four designs are in different organic cotton fabrics. French Terry Aquarel View ecru, French Terry Scenic Route grey blue, Tricot Hikers ecru and Cotton Mountain Scene rusty white. Also, a cool iron-on patch was added to the collection.

I drew new scenes and figures in ink to design the fabrics, but I also used images from previous projects. The 100 day project from a few years back proved to be a nice inspiration for me with abundant mountains and small villages to choose from. Both my brother and grandfather, admiring the scenic view through their lenses, feature on the blue grey French Terry. For the new scenes I drew four hikers and a badass rock climber in a Scottish inspired landscape.

Helena from de Stoffenkamer already sewed beautiful garments for her family and they absolutely look amazing!

Shop the Mountaineers fabrics online.

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French Terry Aquarel View ecru, photo by Helena Balcaen
French Terry Scenic Route grey blue, photo by Helena Balcaen
Tricot Hikers ecru, photo by Helena Balcaen
Cotton Mountain Scene rusty white, photo by Helena Balcaen
photo by Helena Balcaen
photo by Helena Balcaen
Iron-on patch of a wee hiker, photo by Helena Balcaen
On my table: the ink drawing of the badass vintage rock climber…
…. and finally climbing the fabric mountain, photo by Helena Balcaen
From the 100 days not the blank page project: my brother Maarten taking photos. Helena particularly liked this image and so I was very happy to use it in the grey blue scenic route design.
Man watching houses in the mountains with binoculars, with vintage photos. 100 days not the blank page art project, by Els Vlieger.
Also from the 100 days project: my grand father using his binoculars on the pretty mountains.
Scenic Route grey blue design
On my table again: ink drawing of two hikers
Tricot Hikers ecru, photo by Helena Balcaen
Comfy T-shirts with pretty details, photo by Helena Balcaen
photo by Helena Balcaen
Basically all of my fabric designs start here, at this very table
This Scottish landscape I visited a few years ago inspired my to the drawing of the mountains
Scottish Highlands
Add some animals of course
Happy hiking!

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