Art by Annie Wilkinson (tumblr)
Mary was a fossil collector and paleontologist from Lyme Regis, England. Lyme Regis is part of the Jurassic Coast, an area unusually rich in fossils. The Anning family collected and sold fossils in order to supplement their meager income. As children, Mary and her brother Joseph found the first complete Ichthyosaur. Mary went on to find the first complete Plesiosaurus (1823), the first British Pterosaur (1828), and a Squaloraja (1829). At the age of 27 Mary opened Anning’s Fossil Depot, which quickly became a popular destination for tourists and scientists alike. Fossil collecting was dangerous work and in 1833 Mary lost her dog and nearly lost her life in a landslide.
A working class woman, Mary followed scientific journals but did not publish in them. Often the men who bought her fossils neglected to include Mary’s name in the articles they published, an omission that understandably made Mary resentful. However some collectors such as Thomas James Birch, Henry De la Beche, and William Buckland recognized the importance of Mary’s work and organized remuneration.
New Dress by Anna Silvivonchik
The prints feature florals, bugs, some animal pals you might remember from the Fort Firefly collection, and their happy forest mom Penny, with various designs available in poplin, canvas, knit, and voile. There is even a cut and sew panel so you can make your own softies of some of the characters!
The collection will be out in August, available through Fabricworm.com & other sellers — you can request to be sent an email notification via Fabricworm when a fabric is released! Photography by Birch Fabrics.