Craft2Wear 2016!

I’d set up my booth and was all ready for the 2016 Craft2Wear Show.
I looked up. Oh wow oh wow, the amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, Building Museum atrium space.
I looked down, the splashy bright red rug covered with diagonal X’s and flower designs.
We’re talking competition here….
But a straight on, focus on what’s in the booth, not above, not below:
my clothes and scarves.
In place and ready for the show.
And what a show! Thank you Smithsonian Women’s Committee!
You put together a fabulous event.
I had a wonderful time. Saw so many people, new friends and old. The days whizzed by.
And all for such a worthy cause, the Smithsonian! I was proud to be part of it.
My last day, a few hours before my flight, I walked over to the brand new African American Museum.
I knew that there were no reserved tickets available until next January.
But, maybe it would work out, I was told that there were some for the same day, “just come down early and stand in line.”
Yow, the line! It wrapped around the building, all the way down one side, around the corner and down the other.
The people at the half way point told me they’d been there about an hour.
Not enough time for me to stand in line and make my flight, but I could at least walk around and look at the beautiful exterior.
An homage to African American iron workers, the lace like panels cover the building. Amazing.
Once around I looked across the street, over to the Washington Monument.
I’m a sucker for monuments. I love them! I couldn’t resist.
It was my first time this close to the giant obelisk. It’s huge!
The wind was blowing, the flags stood out straight from the poles. So cool!
The perfect ending to a fabulous trip to Washington DC.

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New for Craft2Wear ’16

New jackets for the upcoming Craft2Wear show.
It’s only a few days away! This Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8.
The jacket below, just finished, from an amazing kimono silk, with flying ribbons and fans, pieced with an oh so cool pine tree pattern.
And this one, a black and red with shibori flowers and dots. Tie-dye at its best.
A very rare turquoise silk pieced with royal and navy.
It’s a grid gone wild, no staying in your quadrant for these squares.
A hitoe and trench coat set. They’re good on their own or layered together.
A beautiful coral with flying cranes.
My hitoes are unlined tops that can be worn as a blouse or over another like a jacket.
As demonstrated below. A wonderful black and white print with scattered bits of color, layered over the coral cranes.
And over the two, a meisen trench coat printed with rune like shapes.
Some mysterious code?
Maybe saying, ‘Come to the Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear Show!!!’
See you there!

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Kimono Coat for Craft2Wear

A new coat design, loose and oversized.
Except it hangs close to the body, so with arms down, it has a narrow silhouette.
It’s deceptively full.
Room for dancing!
This close up shows my appliquéd strips on the most amazing kimono silk.
Grace looking fabulous in this sideways view.
I’m gearing up for the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, Craft2Wear show.
This coat and many other designs will be coming with me.
Soon! October 7 and 8.

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Here and Gone

I had just finished this skirt and top in time to bring it to my photo session.
Which was just before my trip to the San Francisco show.
Where it found its way to a new home.
I love it when that happens!
Beautiful Grace twirling to show off the full skirt.
Pieced and appliquéd kimono silk skirt shown with a meisen check blouse.
Same with this peach colored trench.
Shown here layered over 2 hitoe tops. [did I mention that I love layers???]
Finish, photograph, show, gone!
You know how gardeners are not unhappy when a plant dies, because it makes room for a new one?
This is even better, because nothing has died,
instead, it’s gone on to a live a new and exciting life.

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Pieced Vest

It’s the last of my orders from the San Francisco ACC show. And it’s a fun one!
A pieced vest, from beautiful kimono silks.
After this is finished, I’ll start new work for the Craft2Wear show in Washington DC.
From one fun project to the next!
I cannot even come close to complaining about anything.

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Hitoe Jacket, Fitted Version

She likes a more tailored look, so could I remake this black and white ‘Hitoe’?
She was asking about the one below, that Grace is modeling.
bl wh hitoes
A closer look, on my dress form, looking soft and relaxed.
The custom version finished. Smaller, shorter, and more fitted.
It’s amazing isn’t it?
How the simplest of variations can make a totally different look.

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Christmas Starts in August

She needs, for a very special Christmas party, a new skirt with a matching top.
We’ve chosen a design and the fabric. Next up, build the pattern.
Muslin shows every single problem, so it’s perfect for the first fitting.
Here it is, a little ghost of a dress. I’ll draft the pattern off of this.
Next, the fun part, make it!

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ACC SF 2016

American Craft Council San Fransisco 2016,
What a fabulous show!
On day 1, I was completely set up, all my new work in place and ready for viewing.
In Fort Mason, a building built on piers right over the San Fransisco Bay.
I love old places, you can feel the history.
I was close to my booth space from last year, with the most amazing view!
Looking over my clothing rack through the big windows to the Bay and hills.
And the Coit tower!
[can you tell I am a sucker for a beautiful view?]
I had a fantastic time! Old friends stopped by, always a treat to see them.
And all the new, wonderful people I met,
I love it when they step into in my booth to look at my work.
It’s a communication, I spoke and they heard.
And! And, on top of all that,
This view!
San Fransisco, it’s my magic place.
I can’t wait to come back.

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Photo Shoot!

What a fabulous day! With help from gorgeous model Grace Holland, photographer Dan Kvitka, hair and makeup artist Stephanie Fajardo and a helpful hand from the amazing Elizabeth Dye, my photo shoot was a roaring success! I am happy!
With so many fantastic people helping, it was a breeze.
Stephanie makes the final hair adjustments.
Elizabeth clips extra fabric.
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The secret to a good fit.  Many clips! [photo shoots only]
Dan checks the pictures.
My next job? Look through the 1,000 plus photos and choose the very best.
Then this Wednesday I’ll pack these and many others for the American Craft Council show in San Francisco.
Next weekend! August 5, 6 and 7.
See you there!

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Photo Shoot Preparations

Getting ready for a photo shoot is like gathering your busiest friends for a dinner out. You know what it’s like,
“I can only make it this Thursday.”
“I’m available any evening except Thursdays.”
“I’m out of town until next month, then I’m free on Tuesdays.”
But, after some juggling, we are set.
Photographer, model and stylist lined up and ready to go.
And the clothes, most at least, finished.
This skirt, blouse and coat, Ready!
An appliqued jacket, done.
Hitoes and trench coats ready for layering,
A pink and grey set.
And a black and white set.
And the beaded top for this pretty, fluffy skirt?
Well, ahem, not quite.

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