Monday, March 28, 2011

Heather Ross

Heather Ross

Heather Ross is an illustrator and designer who separates her time between the California coast and the hills of Vermont where her childhood home and much of the inspiration behind her art can both be found. Heather learned to sew and to knit before she turned six, and has been designing patterns and clothing since she was ten.

Heather traveled to San Miguel De Allende, Mexico to pursue a graduate degree in Fine Arts, with a specialization in Folk Art and Textiles. Returning to California in 1994, Heather studied fabric printing in Mendocino with Lolli Jabobsen, and fell in love with the medium of silk-screening.

Heather first became noticed notoriety as the creator behind the much famous children's apparel brand Munki Munki, known for its quirky prints and styling. Heather's conversational prints often celebrated the themes and images from her own childhood spent in the dilapidated farmhouses, swimming holes, and thick woods that defined a "back to the land" Vermont childhood in the 1970's.

In 2003, Heather introduced a women's pajama line under the Munki Munki label. In 2004, Heather was approached by an established manufacturer and eventually partnered with them to offer the Munki Munki PJ line, happily turning over the manufacturing, and distribution of her fast-growing company, freeing her to focus on other creative opportunities while continuing to create new designs and fabrics for the Munki Munki brand.

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