Our Story

FROND: Creates hand generated designs for fabric and original home decor.

 


Frond Design Studios is a unique company that consists of true artists who take inspiration to fabric. The ideas become art and the art becomes fabric. This fabric is sold in shops around the world and in its showroom, DelveMIY ‘Make It Yourself’. This is where we create-- every day! 

ART. LIFESTYLE. FABRIC.  

 


Current story... and more!!

When we started this company we knew it was a risk. We weren’t alone. The honesty and raw emotion behind our process attracted many artists and creatives who also took a risk and worked for a company that is unconventional not only in the way it designs, but also in the way it operates.

Quilters, painters, and dreamers united, working in new roles they never expected. 

"If you had told me 5 years ago where we would be today, I wouldn't have believed you," Stephanie adds. Frond Design Studios won The Gazette 2016 Business Innovation Award and The Invest In She Award 2016. Our goal is to unlock creativity in everyone and encourage other women to start their own businesses. 

Michelle Owens, Patricia Banks and Rose Craig have worked for Frond in the past and they all started their own businesses this year. It is very inspiring and gratifying to see Frond become a springboard for women entrepreneurs!

We are Running with Fabric and we couldn't be more excited to share our journey with you.

Art takes time. We are a different kind of company in that we release collections when all of the stars align. This means the artist has to be inspired to create the line, the funds have to be there to produce it and the projects have to be in the back of our minds to translate it and show people what to do with these unconventional collections. 

Frond is like having 64 crayons when you’ve only had an 8 pack before. It is strange at first, but you start doodling and realize you are still doodling with a crayon. A good, quality crayon with MANY colors from which to choose! 

To help people wade into the world of Frond we have opened two showrooms called DelveMIY (Make it Yourself), one is located in Webster Groves (St Louis, MO) and the other is in Cedar Rapids, IA.           These are working studios that showcase Frond artists and their work.  

 For communities. To liberate the creative and make it-- together. 


 

Frond Artists 

Three fabulous designers exclusive to Frond! All are lifelong artists that inspire the world in many different mediums and fabric creations. 

Stephanie Brandenburg, Owner and Founder of Frond, is a Frond Artist who sees art in the turn of a leaf or the flow of a flower petal. She upcycles vintage elements, even furniture.This eclectic mix is what gives the DelveMIY showrooms the unique and meaningful vibe. You will find art there no one else will have.

Rose Craig (Rosewood Organic) specializes in watercolors with a special interest in nature. Her subject matter interest has always been the simplicity and conversely, the complexity of all things earth.

Melissa (Melissa Marie Collins Design Studio) offers art on a mission. She shares an ART world with random bits of life and fashion in oil and acrylic paintings, drawings, fiber art, and other random delights.

 Community

Our vision is to create an environment that inspires and liberate creators of tomorrow. 

We explore new boundaries in design. We load trucks. We unload trucks. We ship our bolts to stores across the country and world. We work up beautiful photo shoots, graphics and ads to convey what we do everyday. Frond is authentic, it is real. We are a team, but more importantly, we are on your team and a part of a bigger community. 

Imagination Iowa. In the heart of NewBo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we are are Bringing ART to LIFE through education. There is nothing more perfect (and lively) than bringing in summer camps and children to DelveMIY.

We are excited to be taking kids through the process of developing new ideas, sharing hands on learning techniques and teaching empowerment through creativity. What a great way to spend our summer!

GLOBAL- Sahwira Artisans International is a collaboration between Frond Design Studios and Dr Tererai Trent. As a woman owned company and advocate for educating and uplifting women, we are holding our hands together to make a difference in the world. As artists and creators we have developed a collection called Sahwira based on the global sisterhood that transcends across borders and is featured in her amazing book The Awakened Woman. Frond has developed original products to help Tererai in her mission to build an Artisan Center in Zimbabwe and create sustainable communities through education. Women make a difference.  

50% of profits will go to building an artisan center. Sahwira (pronounced 'Sa Wee da') projects are now being created and excitement is in the air!!

Customer testimonials

The Frond mission is to constantly strive to push the boundaries of creativity, to create beautiful fabric and treat people in a beautiful way! We encourage feedback and ideas to continually provide real value for real people, every day. Please send your ideas to: ideas@fronddesignstudios.com 

"This isn't just my new favorite fabric store, its my new favorite place in Cedar Rapids..." 

"I used to be a deadhead a Grateful dead groupie, now I am a DelveMIY groupie" (one of my favorite quotes)

 

"I found my home away from home"