Wednesday, July 16, 2014

vintage textiles

vintage fabric

embroidered vintage pillow cover

vintage handmade tassel valance

embroidered vintage pillow cover

vintage chicken feed sack

vintage textiles newly added to my SHOP this week. each one lovelier than the last . . .

Sunday, July 13, 2014

squam art workshops

squam art workshops

Many of you may know that I was recently at Squam Art Workshops for their Spring Art Fair and that I fell in LOVE with everything about the place. It was a magical evening among the trees, on a beautiful lake, with the kindest and most creative people. Sounds pretty much like heaven, right? If you follow Squam (and you should!) you've seen a gorgeous, ethereal, woven heart filled with twinkling white lights in many of their photos. Well, that heart was made by the extraordinary Harriet Goodall. Harriet is a sculptural basket maker and she led a workshop at Squam last year called, Gift of the Heart, where she shared her process and taught how to make the exquisite heart shape sculpture. Here's the most exciting part – Squam is offering Harriet's workshop online this summer through August 31st ! That means that from anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night, you can experience the magic of Squam. 

All the info you need to join the class is detailed in this link: 

HUGE thanks to Elizabeth, Squam's magnificent leader, for being a torchbearer in the handmade community – nurturing endless opportunities of connection, learning, and creative goodness. 

Happy Summer and Joyful Weaving! I'll 'see' you in class . . .

(...below are a few more of my favorite moments from my weekend at Squam Lake)

squam lake

Squam Art Workshops, Spring Art Fair

Squam Lake

Thursday, March 27, 2014

libby






I thought I'd share one of the songs that I've been listening to quite a bit lately. It seemed to be a sweet match for these photos of Libby. She's a 'Peg O' My Heart' bisque doll, made by the K & H company in Santa Clara, Calif in the 1940s. I found her last week while searching for vintage textiles for my shop and I just can't bear to part with her.

the song is: We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra & Mildred Bailey, 1932.

Monday, March 10, 2014

a torn pocket






On one of my recent vintage rummaging days, I came across an apron from the 1940s. It was made from a red and white apple print textile that had clearly been worn a lot in its first life. It was more colorful and whimsical than my usual preference but I ended up buying it because there was something about it that I really liked. As with all old things, it had a story. One of the threads of its story was a torn pocket, and to me this made the tiny cotton apron special. For days after bringing it home, I kept thinking of this torn pocket and the feelings it generated. Peacefulness, curiosity, sentimentality... and a knowing sense that something ‘flawed’ is perfect in its imperfection. As I get older, I’m attracted to people and things that are comfortable and curious with their inner conflicts, transparent in their messiness and sometimes even celebratory of it. When I designed my new line of aprons, I kept this in mind. The hemp textile I used has incredible texture, inconsistencies and character.  I tried to preserve these traits, as best I could, by leaving raw edges that show the distress of the weaving and garment dyeing the aprons to encourage variations of shade on the stitching and folds. I guess this is kind of a long way of expressing how happy I am for small moments in life that influence my creative work.

To read & see more about my new hemp aprons, please visit my online SHOP 



Monday, March 3, 2014

smalls






vintage smalls added to my  SHOP today . . . the fruits of my favorite new weekend pastime.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

textiles inspiring textiles





Three new prints are in my shop for Spring. A bit early, I know, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. This latest collection is inspired by old textiles which is not surprising since I find myself happily surrounded by them. If you’ve met me at a market or show in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve met my frequent boothmate, Angela, who also happens to be my amazing Mom. She and her sister travel to the most beautiful places and sell the very special antique textiles and artifacts that they find. Their new(ish) company is called Rare Cloth and it’s a source of constant inspiration for my work.

You can visit their online home here: Rare Cloth 
& shop my new prints here: Untold Imprint

We’ll be together at some upcoming spring shows- including Brimfield Antique Market in May. 
Stay tuned, more news to come!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

study in grey

I'm finding myself favoring grey these days. Warm grey and cool grey and everything in between, with a little bit of gold or silver. Maybe it's my mind and eyes relaxing after the colors of Summer and Autumn. Pictured above are a selection of Grey gifts from my shop.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

a short long weekend







My niece just stayed with me for a long Fall weekend that went by in a flash. We jumped in the leaves, still a little wet from the rain. She learned and I re-learned how to crochet. We played games- Fibber, Candyland & Monopoly. We read books and talked and danced to our favorite songs. She even tried on my torn fabric skirts and I snapped a couple of beautiful photos as she twirled around. She's the biggest part of my heart and my pint-sized Muse.