New Jacket

An old silk kimono with an amazing giant chrysanthemum design, taken apart, washed, cut into strips and reassembled into a new swirling design.
Soon to be the front of a new jacket.
purple bold For the Smithsonian's Craft2Wear show in October.

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New Pieced Skirt

This is where my head has been all last week, focused on little pieces of kimono silk. Cutting them up, and sewing them back together. New shapes and designs seemingly form on their own.
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Each panel, its own universe.
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Then more magic happens. I lay them out next to each other and new shapes appear. They spread out and grow into new forms.
pieced skirt 3 A new full skirt for the exhibit 'Living with Craft' at Philadelphia's Wayne Art Center. Running concurrent with their ‘Craft Forms 2014′ exhibit, December 5 – January 31st.

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Tomato Time!

I love this time of year. Tomatoes! As many as you can eat.
And, cooler weather. Thank goodness, I am not a summer person.
Tomatoes arrive and the temperature begins to drop.
The air cools and I feel as though I’m waking up from a long nap.
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What better way to celebrate than a box of silks from Japan.
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Beautiful kimono silks, you know I love them!
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New silks, new projects, cooler weather,… I am Happy!
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Are you not quite there yet? Still half awake? Then you absolutely must watch this 4 minute video about the Ushikubi Pongee Silk Factory.
Click here!
Pongee Silk Factory

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In China! Beautiful Laura Ross Paul and her daughter Emma.
Laura was at the 2014 International Forum on Cancer to present a paper about her cryoablation treatment for breast cancer.
Laura is wearing a cream on cream, kimono silk, Ann Williamson Hitoe top. She looks fabulous!
Go Laura!
Lori in China

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American Craft Council, San Francisco 2014

I love, love, love San Francisco. Combine it with a fabulous craft show and I am there.
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The American Craft Council’s annual craft show in San Francisco, at the so very cool Fort Mason. Cool and cool. While the rest of the country was sizzling, Fort Mason, over the Bay, stayed in the comfortable 70’s. It’s August in San Francisco!
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My booth, with jackets, coats, skirts and scarves, set and ready, waiting for the doors to open.
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10:00 am sharp, people came in, looked, tried things on and found treasures and treats. As the weekend moved along, more pieces lined up for alterations.
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I had the best booth spot, right by big windows and a door to the outside.
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With a view to, can you see it? The Golden Gate Bridge.
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Wow! San Francisco, The Golden Gate Bridge and a fantastic Craft Show.
I can’t wait to come back!

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New Jackets for ACC SF

I’m just finishing up new jackets for the ACC Craft Show in San Francisco. Next weekend! August 8, 9 and 10.

The one below, pieced from an old kimono with one of my favorite Japanese design elements, pine trees. I love them!
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A detail, see the crest on the sleeve?
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A pieced stripe jacket, from the coolest kimono silk, it fades from a light to a darker stripe. I inserted another fabric between. Stripes criss-crossing.
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White on white, all those beautiful textured silks.
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A detail, showing the square beads in the corners.
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This one pieced with black and white kimono silks. All the different prints pieced together into a new and wh bold 2014
August 8-10, San Francisco, Fort Mason, see you there!

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New for ACC San Francisco ’14

Sewn, photographed and now ready for the American Craft Council show in San Francisco. Coming soon! August 8-10.
A new coat, pieced from, what else?. Beautiful Japanese Kimono silks.avenue single

The back.

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Fragments III, a pieced skirt with a matching jacket, in full swing.

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And a straight skirt, pieced, with a matching top.
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Ashley in ‘Sequoia’.
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All these and more, and me, we’ll all be at Fort Mason in beautiful San Francisco.
I can’t wait!

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Photo Shoot 7/14

After weeks of sequestered work, alone in my studio, my long hours of sewing are rewarded. A photo shoot!
The clothes, they need to be on someone, that’s when they come alive.
Dan Kvitka photographing Ashley wearing a pieced kimono silk jacket.

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Ready for Their Close-up

New work lined up and ready for a photo shoot next week.
All pieced from kimono silk: a jacket, a coat, a full skirt and jacket and a straight skirt and top.


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July 4, 2014

4th of July! A picnic by the forest.
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Barbeque, hotdogs and chicken, grilled over an open fire. It’s a Schwenker. Really!

Plenty to eat.
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And fireworks. But be careful. Protect your ears.
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Stand Back, light and Wow!
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Wow and double WOW! Happy Birthday USA!
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July, the perfect time of the year for an outdoor, birthday barbeque.
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