Holiday Show 2016

It’s our annual Holiday Show right here in beautiful Portland Oregon.

We’ll have two clothing artists:
shibori artist supreme: Elisabeth Gillem
And me! Brand new work, plus super deals on selected pieces

Two jewelry artists:
Melissa Stiles, with her bold graphic designs
Betsy Bensen’s jewelry incorporates gorgeous jaspers, agates, pearls and semi-stones

And the oh so cool Carol Risley and her fantastic leather bags

December 10 and 11
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
4334 NE Davis St
Portland Oregon

See You There!!!

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Some Good Stuff

Ava, my neighbor’s serious little dog, came to visit for an afternoon.
She knows but isn’t saying.
A giant box of beautiful kimono silks arrived.
Gorgeous stuff! I can’t wait to get into these.
My big project! Here, in mid process, it’s all but complete now.
For the White House Christmas party [Yes!].
Too much fun working on this one. I promise, more pictures to follow.
It’s Thanksgiving this week, I send wishes for a very happy one.

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Go High


Writing a few sentences each week, adding pictures, this blog has been my way to look back and and make sense of the things I’ve done and seen, the people I’ve been with, the time I’ve spent. Bad things do happen, I’m tired or angry or even bored, but each week, no matter what else has been happening, I’ve always been able to sit down, look back and find the good.

I won’t lie to you, the election did not go the way I had hoped. And even though it wasn’t all black, still, I’m having trouble finding the light. So this week, instead of looking back I’m going to look forward.

I believe this with all my heart, that we are our government. It may not always feel that way, we have to compromise with so many, but in the end we can, if we want, be part of the process, inch ourselves forward and find a path for all of us.

If we can all agree to pay attention and if we see something we can’t support, we’ll say something. If no one is listening, we’ll write letters. If that’s not enough, we’ll volunteer where it is needed. And when we’re not able to, so that others can continue the work, we’ll send money. We’ll do all that, in whatever way we can to fight to find our way to the good.

Leonard Cohen:

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

From the man himself
Or this beautiful version from Pentatonix

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In the Middle

It’s where I am right now.
I’m past the beginning, but far from the end. I’m right in the middle.
This is how it works for me. My project is chosen, I know what the end will be.
I think about it, decide on the direction and then figure out how to get there.
Finally, I gather the ingredients.
For example, this top. The piecing is complete, the strips have been sewn and are ready to be arranged.
Final step, appliqué them in place.
Does this look like a vest yet?
All the fabrics chosen and ready to be pieced.
This one much further along, a beaded jacket.
The beading on the front is finished,
But the back,….
I have a ways to go.
Stay tuned.

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Pine and Dots

A few jackets that were photographed but didn’t make it to the blog.
Now they’ve moved on to new homes, so it’s one last look.
A jacket sewn from a gorgeous kimono silk. Covered with an oh so cool pine needle and branch design, accented with little red dots.
I appliqued skinny bias strips to emphasize the branch lines and black squares for punch.
I see a pine theme here, one of my favorite designs.
The jacket below was pieced from the silk of an old kimono.
I love the crooked bent branches contrasting with the overlapping, lacy lines from the needles.
And for pizazz, scattered gold pine cones.
No pine needles here, just gnarled branches.
I’ve appliquéd over with curving white swooshes and red squares.
A closer look.

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A Long Trench Coat

I love how these things work out.
One year ago, I had brought this just finished, long trench coat to the 2015 Craft2Wear show.
First hours of the show, someone fell in love with it. But, we’ve all been there, when the card won’t go through?
Neither of us was concerned. She would call later and give me her number.
But for whatever reason, I did not hear from her.
Things happen, life goes in a new direction. I put the coat back on the rack.
For the next year, I’d bring the coat to the shows, then pack it back up and bring it home.
It just needed the right person. The fabrics were gorgeous and subtle in that way that the Japanese do so well. And flattering! It looked great on.
A close up of the black and white design of an old village.
One year since the Craft2Wear 2015 show and there I was again, hanging it back up on my rack.
The show opened and guess who walked in? First thing?
The same person from last year. Was the coat still available? She’d been thinking about it all year.
Yes! There is was, waiting for her! And just for her.
A perfect ending!
A detail of the little designs scattered in the black.
Version 2

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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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