New Project

Laid out and ready to be sewn up. Black, white and tiny bits of red.
It’s piles of pieced sections soon to be joined together into a full skirt.
new project

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1st Day of Summer!

It’s here!
June 21st, the longest day of the year and
the first day of summer!

Windows open in my studio.
It’s been in the low 80’s, a cool breeze blowing through.

And dinners outside.
So nice.
outdoor dinner

And, I’ll work on this one, walks down lovely paths
path to beach

to sandy beaches.

Happy Summer Everyone!

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Swing in Action

It’s the beautiful and so very cool, glass artist Deborah Horrellat a concert at the Portland Art Museum.
In my/her gold swing coat!
Looking fabulous!

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New Trench Coats

They’re cut out and ready to be sewn together.
Four new trench coats.
Meisen, stenciled and woven, beautiful Japanese kimono silks.
I can’t wait to see you guys sewn up!
4 trench

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1,2,3 Begin

I’ve just finished with a long set of projects. Now, I turn and begin the next.
I know you know this place too.
You’ve been focusing in one, all consuming direction.
Then, you’re finished.
You look up, pivot, refocus and start again.
It’s a good place. It’s new and fresh and holds all the promises of what can be.

OK, so what exactly is that?
What’s inspiring?
I’ll start with my fabrics, kimono silks in particular, an excellent place to begin.
kimono silk store

And I’ll look to Sonia Delaunay, one of my favorite artists, who besides painting and design, included fashion in her repertoire.

And how about fashion designer Romeo Gigli? I love his work!
Beautiful, soft, romantic shapes and cuts.
And he loved fabric, you can see it.
gigli joyce
OK, so far,…
Kimono silk, Sonia Delaunay in the 1920’s and from the 1980’s, Romeo Gigli.

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Beaded Jacket for a Mother of the Groom

It’s the season for weddings!
A beaded jacket for a mother of the groom, finished!
And ready for the party.
beaded mom of groom

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Blue/Green for a Mother of the Groom

A just finished mother of the groom jacket, top and skirt.
The bridal colors are teals and coral, ‘but not too much coral please’.
A gorgeous gradated shibori kimono silk for the jacket and skirt and a beautiful print for the shell.
On the jacket, appliqued squares of the print to tie them all together.

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Mother of the Groom

I’ve been working on a new suit for a wonderful mother of the groom.
Lots of vintage beads sewn onto the most amazing watery blue kimono silk.
I’ve sewn on all the beads, now I finish the jacket and skirt.
What a treat to make something sparkling and bright for such an important occasion!
A close up view:
beaded pool 2

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Spring Garden Fair

This Saturday I took the day off  to visit the best little plant sale around.
Every May the Clackamas County Master Gardeners invite local nurseries to bring their plants, set up tents and sell their wares.
And it’s popular! People crowd in to find new, unusual and old favorites for their gardens.
master gardeners plant sale

In the morning the shelves are full.
master gardener sale 6

People bring their wagons and fill to overflowing with beautiful flowers,
master gardeners sale 4

master gardeners sale 5

master gardeners sale

Vegetables, bulbs, perennials, annuals, trees and more.
master gardner sale 7

Enticing displays are arranged just so.
master gardeners sale 3

For me: rhododendrons, daphne, lavender, heliotrope, ornamental grass and an amazing variegated aloe.
I can’t wait to get you little guys into the ground!
master gardeners plant sale 7

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Maryhill Spring Tea

We’re off to a fundraiser for the Maryhill Museum, a springtime tea party and lecture about The Theatre de la Mode, the museum’s collection of French fashion dolls.
Marsha and Martha in the rear view mirror, wearing their spectacular hats! Perfect for a tea party.
martha and marsha

Maryhill is about 2 hours east of Portland, on the hills above the Columbia River.
Originally intended to be a home for Sam Hill, lawyer, businessman, railroad executive, world traveler and friend of artists, the museum houses an eclectic collection of exhibits, including NW Indian art and artifacts, Romanian orthodox icons, Rodin sculptures and the Theatre de la Mode.
maryhill museum

Looking west out to the Columbia River, the views are spectacular.

And to the east.
columbia 2

But we were there for a tea party.
Tea, scones and little sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
tea party food

And a lecture and slide show about the Theatre de la Mode.
My view through hats.
maryhill slides 2

The Theatre de la Mode are French fashion dolls created just after World War II, to show that despite the ravages of war, Paris was still the center of fashion. The Paris designers of the day put together couture collections for doll sized wire framed figures.
The dresses, jackets, coats and hats were sewn perfectly to scale.
Each piece of jewelry, every shoe, tiny bag, glove and hairdo meticulously crafted.
maryhill fashion dolls 3

Sets for the dolls were built and painted by artists and theater designers.
The entire exhibit toured throughout Europe and in 1946, to the United States, ending up in San Francisco.
After, the dolls were put into storage, the  painted backdrops were discarded and the jewels returned to France.
In 1952, they were sent to the Maryhill Museum, where they were displayed in glass cases in a basement exhibit room.
Although the Maryhill curators knew they were there and were on view for the many museum visitors, to the rest of the world they were lost.
maryhill fashion dolls 2

They were “discovered” in 1983 and were eventually returned to Paris to be restored.
In 1990 the dolls and 9 of the recreated sets were exhibited at the Musee de la Mode in the Louvre. After Paris, the show traveled around the world including London, New York and Tokyo.
Then in 1995, they returned to Maryhill.
maryhill fashion dolls

Although they are not able to show all 9 sets at once [in the Musee de la Mode, the exhibit took up several floors!], there are always 3 on display.
There’s a beautiful book about the dolls, their history and restoration and full of information and detailed photographs; “Theatre de la Mode, Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture“.
My picture of Elisabeth taking pictures.
maryhill dolls picture taking

Thank you Maryhill Museum, for a wonderful afternoon!
maryhill trip 2

And thank you Martha and Marsha for being such charming companions!
You are fabulous!
maryhill trip

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