The Fabricnation story
Fabricnation was established in Cape Town in 2007, but it has its roots in a made two decades earlier when its designers Jane Solomon and Jann Cheifitz began printing together in a garage, whilst at Art School, inspired by their shared love of the African textile tradition.. ”Jane-and-Jann” wasn’t a company or even a label, but it was a friendship, partnership and collaboration whose printed-and-painted T-shirts, clothing and home furnishings became widely known in the 1980s. The partnership became dormant by the early 90s as Jane and Jann found themselves in different corners of the world, exploring new challenges. They had worked together in London and then returned to Cape Town where they continued to design and produce numerous ranges of clothing and home furnishings as “Icon prints.” Jane took this business forward and extended it to create interior design concepts, while Jann moved to New York in the mid-90s.
Jane also works extensively as a facilitator and skills trainer with urban and rural crafters. Her work in transferring skills to empower marginalized sectors of society was also the driving force behind the acclaimed “Body Maps” series where HIV-positive women used visual media to tell their stories.In New York, Jann created a new label, Lucky Fish, designing, producing and marketing an extensive range of printed T-shirts and home furnishings which are sold in stores all across America, as well as in Europe and Japan. 13 years later their shared aesthetic instinct drew them together again to launch Fabricnation, a design house that produces and markets a textile collection. Fabricnation aims to bring variety, diversity and fresh visual perspectives to the textile marketplace.
Having built 20 years of experience in textile design in different parts of the world on their original art-school impulse, Jann and Jane still remain primarily inspired by the African textile tradition, rendered in a modern urban context with its blending of diverse sources and influences to create the fabric of a nation.