The Heart of Artisan Batiks: Lunn Studios

In July of this year, CEO of Robert Kaufman Fabrics Ken Kaufman took a trip over to Lancaster, Ohio to see Michael Mrowka and Debra Lunn, and from the sound of it, they made just a wonderful impression; so, we though this would be the perfect time to give you all a little behind-the-scenes peek at Lunn Studios!

If you've shown any interest in Kaufman fabrics over the last few decades, then you've undoubtedly heard of Lunn Studios. They are the creative minds behind the wildly successful Artisan Batiks, which are exceedingly popular among quilters. What you may not be aware of, though, is just how important Michael and Debra have been to the success of Kaufman fabrics. As the first licensed artists for the quilting industry we ever worked with, they were extremely instrumental in establishing Robert Kaufman's presence in the quilting world.

Because Lancaster is thousands of miles away from our office in Los Angeles, this happened to be Ken's first visit to the Michael and Debra's home. From his description, they live together in what cannot be called an ordinary, run-of-the-mill home: It is actually a large pre-civil war home that has been converted into a combination of a private residence and an art studio, so basically, it is the artist's dream. It is still a work in progress, as you can see from the remodeling they've been doing on the parlor.

Michael and Debra showed Ken an unmatched level of hospitality and even led him on an all-access tour of the studio. He met the staff, explored the awesomely spacious workspace, and got the opportunity to witness the many experimentations and new ideas Lunn Studios has come up with. Perhaps the thing that intrigued Ken most, though, was the charity that Michael and Debra have set up for their workers. The charity established a library for all the factory workers who produce Lunn fabrics and their families. As of now, the library has several thousand books, offers English lessons, and shows movies regularly to give a multitude of families educational opportunities that might not exist otherwise. And that's what impressed us most about Debra and Michael - that they use success not only as a means of improving themselves, but also of strengthening others.

Click here to see all the photos from the visit.