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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Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Where I’ve been:
Beautiful Ashland, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Nothing but plays, good food, friends, relaxing, more plays, sleeping in, more good food and naps.
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Trip to Tulsa

Road trip! We met in Tulsa, Oklahomah.
Tulsa, city of the Philbrook Museum and its beautiful gardens.

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And the Woody Guthrie Center.
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The Buffeteria, The place for authentic, Oklahoma chicken fried steak.
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And Crescent, a sweet kitty who sleeps in the middle of the stairs.
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On day 3 we drove to Bentonville, Arkansas, home of Walton’s 5 and 10, the first ever Walmart.
It is also the location of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, spearheaded and funded by Alice Walton, Sam Walton’s daughter and heiress.
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The architect Moshe Safdie has designed stunning buildings that span and surround spring fed ponds.
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Inside, you feel as though you are standing under an upturned boat. Beautiful!
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And Ms Walton has filled the museum with American art.
From Peale’s George Washington.
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To Thomas Hart Benton’s ‘Tobacco Sorters’.
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Mark Rothko.
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Crystal Bridges is the first major American art museum to open since 1974.
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But that’s not all.
Outside there are paths through beautiful gardens.
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Where we found ‘The Way of Color’ by James Turrell, a sculptor of light.
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You enter the small space through a narrow doorway.
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And arrive in a circular space. The round oculus in the ceiling, open to the sky, makes light and shadow shapes on the walls.
Even better? See the moon? That little white spot in the bluest blue of the sky?
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Jet Coat, Finished!

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A new coat, pieced from vintage Japanese kimono silks, cut, sewn, re-cut, re-sewn, tweaked and adjusted. And, finished!

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I call this series ‘Jet’. It’s about speed, movement and energy.
Leaving earth and zooming into the stratosphere!

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New Coat

On the floor, slowly coming together, a new coat.

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This was my week: start with a sketch, lay out the fabrics, adjust one part, which changes the other, emphasize it? or go back, add a bit here? a new form appears, echo it? or take it out, add in more? too much? maybe a different color, tweak, stitch, recut, resew, adjust some more, fill in.
It’s the process, I love it. When I looked up, it was Friday.

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