But first, a little about Ty. When the TLC reality show "Trading Spaces" first debuted, I was an immediate convert. I loved the concept of neighbors decorating each other's rooms in two days under the supervision of interior designers who had only $1,000 to work with, and the hilarity- and sometimes tears-that ensued. The cute, wisecracking carpenter they shared, Ty Pennington, wasn't hard to watch, either. (My husband, predictably, preferred the episodes with the female carpenter, Amy Wynn Pastor.)
Who would have thought that 10 years later I'd get the chance to interview him for Studios magazine, and he'd be our cover guy?
You might be surprised to discover that despite all his resources (he is host of one of TV's most top-rated shows, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," after all), Ty has many of the same issues with his studio that you and I have:
- he has too much stuff;
- there is never enough space;
- he has to juggle a lot of creative interests at once.
What you might also find surprising is that Ty designs fabric, and he does it in a very mixed-media way, using sketching, photography, stamp carving (wood and rubber), and paint.
His new line for Westminster Fibers, Ty Pennington Impressions, is full of organic patterns he recorded on his travels, played around with in his backyard using paint and hand-carved stamps, and then manipulated in the computer. You can see a video of how he explains his process at typenningtonfabrics.com.
But if you want a sample of his fabric line, all you have to do is leave a comment below for a chance to win some beautiful one-yard cuts.
Just tell us what you'd do with the fabric if you won. Winner will be drawn Monday, February 14.
Yep, that's Valentine's Day. So, show Ty's fabric some love with your comment and don't forget to pre-order the Spring issue of Studios for organization tips and tricks plus 28 creative artists' studios.