Acadia National Park turns 100 years old this year. First established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson as Sieur de Monts National Monument. Thanks to many generous stewards including the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, George B. Dorr, Charles W. Eliot, and John D. Rockefeller Jr., Acadia National Park now protects over 47,00 acres of stunning natural beauty, hiking trails, monuments, carriage paths, gardens, lakes and roads and oceanfront for public recreation.
To commemorate this milestone, the Acadia Centennial Partners have planned a year long celebration with events featuring the arts, history, landscapes and recreation associated with this amazing National Park. In addition to the many businesses and organizations that have pledged support to this celebration, many artists have been selected to offer Acadia Centennial Commemorative merchandise. A portion of the proceeds from sales directly benefit Acadia National Park.
A friend of mine suggested I design a commemorative collection of quilting fabric for the celebration. Loving the idea, I pulled out my watercolor paints and developed this fabric collection called Downeast Retreat. It was not met with enthusiasm by the manufacturers I approached to license the designs. They explained that while the prints were pretty and well executed, the demand would likely be too local to support their need for international distribution. So, back to the drawing board, literally.
I have decided to make these prints available for purchase through a very ingenious site called Spoonflower. This is a wonderful resource for unique fabrics created by a community of aspiring and established artists. You simply select a design you love and choose from a wide selection of fabric types to have your custom fabric digitally printed and mailed in short order to your home. I suggest ordering a fabric swatch book for $1.00 so you can see and touch the fabric selections and then order a sample of your preferred design in an 8X8 test swatch or a fat quarter to be sure the color and scale of the print is to your liking. Please check out all of the wonderful prints on Spoonflower which are also available to purchase as wallpaper and giftwrap!
Since I grew up surrounded by and playing in Acadia National Park, I feel compelled to contribute what I can to this celebration - so, I will soldier on with some other ideas. If you have any suggestions, please comment away!