Holiday Show 2014

It’s that time of year!
Our annual Holiday Show, right here in Portland, Oregon.
Holiday Show
I’ll have all my work out and on view.
Also, Elisabeth Gillem with her amazing shibori clothes.
2 fabulous jewelers, Carla Fox and Nicky Falkenhayn.
And Carol Risley will be showing her wonderful leather bags.

November 15 and 16.
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
4334 NE Davis St

Come by! Bring your friends and family! We’ll have the best time.

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Cranes in Clouds

For the Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear show in Washington DC.
Next Weekend! October 25 and 26, in the National Building Museum.
A jacket pieced from a beautiful kimono silk with cranes flying across golden clouds.
Gold Cranes

Cranes, the symbol of good fortune and long life.
Gold Cranes Det
I’ll be there, with this jacket and many others.
If you are anywhere near DC, please stop by!

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Out and About with Nina

Nina just sent these amazing photos of her recent travels.
In each picture she is wearing an Ann Williamson original.
How cool is that!
Below, a picture of her on her way to see the Met Museum’s Charles James exhibit. I understand it was a fabulous show. Alas, I missed the exhibit [darn!], but my Grass and Dew Jacket was there!
Charles James exhibit
On her way to a wedding in my beaded Trees jacket.
So pretty!
Nina Trees jacket
And this one, in Japan! With Marico Chigyo, who was leading a textile tour of Japan.
Nina is wearing my Hitoe.
She looks radiant!
Here’s a beauty secret: travel to Japan.
Nina Dinner Kyoto
Thank You Nina for sending these photos, I love them!

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Week of Beads

I’ve been thinking holidays and sparkle. And beads.
From pretty, lady like, hardly there, invisible bits of light, to glassy and hard, punk band spikes.
The jacket below, an amazing kimono silk, covered with iridescent seed beads. A night sky filled with blue stars.
Beaded sky
This gorgeous, hand painted kimono silk. It looks like air.
I embroidered lines like the currents of a breeze and added bits of glitter with scattered beads.
Air jacket beaded
And at the other end of the spectrum. These big old monster beads, from a very old and tattered fringe. It must have decorated the edge of a victorian gown.
beaded points
They’re amazing! Don’t you think? Like spikes.
Soon to be the front of a jacket.
big beads

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Shibori Squares Jacket

A new jacket, pieced from black and white, kimono silk shibori fabrics.
A meisen check added for pizazz.
bl and wh shibori squares
This one is finished! Completely. Front, back, sides, inside and out.

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I bet this happens to you too. You have a project, you’ve done it before, it shouldn’t take too long. It’s simple. Right?
So you start and pretty soon you’re immersed and tweaking and adjusting and rearranging and shifting things around because maybe it would be a bit better if those lines converged, only just a little, not too much.
And before you know it it’s late and the whole day has gone by and you’re only half way there.
feathers II
The front [and so far, only the front] of a new jacket for the Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear.

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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.
pieced skirt 1

Each panel, its own universe.
pieced skirt 2

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.
tomato time

What better way to celebrate than a box of silks from Japan.
box from japan

Beautiful kimono silks, you know I love them!
box from japan 2

New silks, new projects, cooler weather,… I am Happy!
new project

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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