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.
Meisen trench
So they can get that soft edge that happens when the threads do not align.
meisen trench 2 det
A very cool navy meisen silk.
meisen trench 1
A detail so you can see that beautiful fuzzy edge.
meisen trench det
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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Happy Fourth!

It’s a neighborhood parade for the 4th of July!
Kids in wagons decorated with flags.
Stars and stripes,
And streamers.
Some hanging back,
Others are on it!
A baton twirling cheerleader!
The route was short, they came back around several times.
Happy Fourth of July to everyone!

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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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