Friday, June 26, 2009


Hello Fabric Land.  Here at the AbbyAbby headquarters new product test facility, we are listening to Thriller and brainstorming about new products to make with our patterns. We have already decided on a shoulder bag and pillows in two sizes, but have been seriously thinking about window treatments. So we had one shade made to see what it would look like. What do you all think? 

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Our dear friend Anne plans to use the blue bottle fabric as part of the decorating scheme at her wedding celebration in September, but until then, she'll be wearing it as a moo moo dancing wildly around the yard!  Both applications get the AbbyAbby official golden stamp of approval.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Hi Ho There, this is AbbyAbby reporting from Fabric Land.  
Top news this morning are the photos sent in from our friend Bethie in Seattle, who lives not far from the factory where AbbyAbby fabric is printed.  We plan to visit Bethie and the factory when we are out that way in July.  Thanks to Jeff for documenting.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Hello Fabric Land! 
Giving a shout out to our friend James Kochalka who gave us a shout out in his blog this morning.  THANKS JAMES!  For those of you who don't know James, he's a Superstar that draws a comic strip every day of things that happen in his life.  Check out his daily comic at He also writes zillions of fantastic songs and he's a really good dancer. James was just telling me yesterday about how he hacked into his Nintendo and changed the pixels of Super Mario to look like himself, the American Elf.  He also had a great idea about a project you can do with a piece of AbbyAbby fabric.  He suggests finding an old painting canvas, and covering it with the fabric to hang on the wall. Here at AbbyAbby, we think this is a great idea too, and are working on a prototype so that we can walk you through the process step by step in a future blog entry, so stay tuned!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Our First Customer!

Nina Johnson of Miami, Florida shows off her yard of GREY BOTTLES, the first order of ABBYABBY fabric sold and shipped from our online shop! Thanks Nina!  We can't wait to see what you do with it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Efficiency in Motion

With the help of our custom made, state of the art fabric cutting table designed by in-house Mechanical Engineer/Product Designer, Jerry Manock, our first orders were cut with ease and precision.

Monday, June 15, 2009 is OPEN for business, get it while its hot!

Opening Day was a fantastic success!!  Thanks to all the die hard fans who lined up with lawn chairs and cocoa last night to be the first to visit the online shop.  Because everyone was so patient and well behaved, we were able to send home all the security guards (all named Abby) we hired to prevent stampede. 


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Grand Opening! June 15th!

Free Tote bags with the first 100 orders.

Vermont Artist Turns "Material" Girl

It’s not uncommon for painters, sculptors and designers of all kinds to supplement their incomes by producing housewares, clothing lines or sundry tchotchkes for a mass market. Michael Graves did it designing toasters for Black & Decker. Isaac Mizrahi did it creating fashions for Target. Keith Haring did it selling all kinds of merchandise bearing his iconic images. So Abby Manock, a visual artist who splits her time between New York City and Vermont, is in good company.

Recently, Manock, 32, launched a line of organic cotton fabric under the name abbyabby. Though her simple, graphic line drawings on a solid-color background may suggest “outsider” art, Manock holds an MFA from Columbia University.

Based in New York for her work as a multimedia installation artist, the Vermonter feels strongly about setting up shop in her home state. “I really want this to be a Vermont company,” Manock says. “I don’t want it to seem like I’m some poseur.”

Still, her return home to establish her business was a bit of a happy accident. Manock had sublet her New York apartment for the summer to create a sculptural piece for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, which would require her to travel for a good part of the season.

But the Bonnaroo gig fell through and her apartment was already rented, so Manock came home to Burlington to craft her fabric. It worked out for the best, because she’s been able to tap the skills of local folks to help her create abbyabby. These included her father, architect Jerry Manock, who designed her fabric-cutting table.

The fabric is sustainably sourced and is printed in Washington state. It can be used for whatever people want, Manock says — bags, curtains, pillowcases. If the fabric enterprise is successful, Manock sees some abbyabby housewares in the future.

Ask Manock about her motivation for creating these first five prints — featuring acorns, trucks, bottles or cupcakes — and you’re likely to get a circuitous answer. But she admits there’s a bit of vanity involved. “I always sort of thought I would like to have fabric with my drawings on them,” she says.

Manock came up with the first designs after she tried to draw a truck from memory and couldn’t get the proportions right. She spent weeks drawing trucks, over and over, until she could reproduce one on paper without having to look at a truck in real life. As she filled notebooks with her drawings, she was struck by the aesthetics of the repetition.

“I thought, Oh, that would be a cool fabric,” she says.

The designs, which can be seen on Manock’s website, have struck a chord with friends and fans of her work. The bold, minimalist patterns are unlike anything else you’re likely to find on fabric. “They just go well with stuff,” Manock says. “They just sort of fit in and enhance what’s already there.”

Bags and pillows will be available mid summer 2009!