New for Craft2Wear

Coming up! The Smithsonian Women’s Committee’s fabulous Craft2Wear show.
This Thursday evening for the Advance Chance Party, then Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3 for the show.
I’ll be there!
With new work, like the pieced jacket below.
Silk from a very cool, vintage kimono.
Taken apart, then reassembled, highlighting the pine tree designs.
And this beaded jacket, with victorian black jet beads sewn onto a sparkling kimono silk.
A detail to show the incredible beads.
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One other beaded jacket, the beads highlighting the cloud design.
And at the bottom, a field of grass.
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Washington DC, the beautiful Building Museum, October 2 and 3.
See you there!

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Piecing Project

New skirt!
My studio is filled with little pieces of kimono silk.
I’ve been sewing them together, cutting them apart, resewing, recutting and sewing again.
I love this stage. They’re lined up like boats in the water.
Cut apart and piled up into a heap.
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Adding black strips to every side.
Then joined, forming the gores of a skirt.
The first 3.
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Instagram: annwilliamsondesigns

I’ve had an Instagram account for a while, following others, but until recently didn’t post any of my own pictures.
Until now!
I am on it. And it is up and running.
AW Instagram
If you have an instagram account you can follow me here.
Or start one up here.
Check it out!

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Beaded Jacket, Step One

One hour in, sewing beads onto a jacket destined for the Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear Show.IMG_4314
End of the day,
it’s getting there!

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Pieced Stripe Jackets

Striped jackets made from strips of kimono silks.
‘Purple Ume’, with a contrasting stripe that plays hide and seek with the bold flower design.
Purple Ume Stripe
This oh so cool blue ‘rinzu’, a woven design of clouds, pieced with a high contrast blue and white shibori.
A subtler version, pieced with a similar colored silk with very tiny white specks.
They’re like the kids in a family. They come from the same place, you see the similarities, they’re built pretty much the same, but each is its own unique and special entity.

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Community Garden

Do you have them where you live?
Garden plots made available through the city’s Parks and Recreation department.
So cool! A place for people to grow vegetables, fruits or flowers.
Sign up and for a small fee a 50 to 400 square foot plot is yours.
Portland has 50 gardens throughout the city with 150 to 20 plots per garden.
This time of year the plants are huge! And bursting with gorgeous fruits and vegetables.
And tomatoes.
Peppers peeking from under their leaves.
Strawberries, a few still ripening. And so sweet!
A pumpkin, still green.
Thank you Jube for showing me your amazing garden!
And especially, Thank you for my box of beautiful just picked vegetables!

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ACC San Francisco 2015!

Every morning last weekend, on my way to the San Francisco ACC show, I’d walk past this marina.
To Fort Mason, built on piers over the San Francisco Bay.
And to my booth.
Ready and waiting for day #1.
And what a spot I had! Right by these doors.
With the most spectacular views.
As the days warmed up [yes! “warm” in San Francisco, in August! It happened!],
people went outside to cool off
and look towards Alcatraz.
And to the Coit Tower.
Can you see it?
When I was small my parents would take me there.
The Coit Tower, it’s one of my magic places.
A fabulous view and a fabulous show!
So much fun, old friends and new.
And at the end of each day, a walk to my car, towards the Golden Gate Bridge.
When it’s over, it’s always hard to leave.
Thank You San Francisco for another fantastic show!
I can’t wait to come back!

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Meisen Trench Coats

For the 2015 ACC SF Craft Show, 2 new meisen trench coats.
You remember meisen?
They weave the fabric, print it with the design,
Unweave it. Then reweave it.
I know.
They Reweave It.
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So they can get that soft edge that happens when the threads do not align.
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A very cool navy meisen silk.
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A detail so you can see that beautiful fuzzy edge.
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These and all my jackets, coats, scarves, will be on view at the San Francisco ACC Craft Show, this Friday, July 31 and Saturday and Sunday August 1 and 2.
See you there!

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New Trench for ACC SF

I love the old black kimonos with bold, colorful designs across the hems.
They’re for married women. A little more discreet than an overall pattern.
When I find a good one, usable but no longer wearable. I’ll take it apart and remove any old or tattered bits.
Then the fun part, spending time with the usable pieces. Looking at the shapes and colors, finding the possibilities.
I’m never sure what I’ll end up with.
I lay them out and arrange and rearrange until I see new designs forming from the old.
An old kimono reborn.
A new trench coat for the ACC San Francisco Craft Show.

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New for San Francisco ACC Show

A new skirt and jacket for the American Craft Show in San Francisco.
Finished and ready for its close up!
The graphic shapes are formed as I cut, sew, recut and re-sew.
Like with a water color, the material is part of the design process.
And for a little punch, skinny red bits.
ACC in San Francisco, coming up! July 31, August 1 and 2 at Fort Mason.

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