Polka Squares

The front of a new jacket.
A dot-y kind of a look, based on the old ‘log cabin’ quilt pattern.
quilty jacket

A closer view.
Polka squares!
quilty jacket det 2

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Mottainai

And,…. here we go!
New work for Baltimore.
That’s right, American Craft Council’sĀ Baltimore show, this February, 20-22, 2015.
A jacket, in process, from remainder pieces.
New Jacket 2015

Remainder pieces left over from previous projects.
From this coat:
Shards 2012

And from this coat:
avenue single

It’s “Mottainai”, Japanese for “Waste Nothing”.
From the Buddhist term “Mottai”, which means that the essence of all things, living and nonliving, are linked. That nothing lives in isolation. “Nai” is a negation, so “Mottainai” translates as a disrespect and sadness when anything is wasted.
Which is so easy with my beautiful kimono silks, I cannot bear to throw even the smallest pieces away.

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What is Good

OK, 2015, here’s my resolution: focus on what is good. And there’s a lot. Plenty.
For instance, this most wonderful painting. Weird and beautiful and ordinary and extraordinary. An angel, walking, carrying a fish.
It’s the archangel Raphael, protector of travelers. The supreme healer in the angelic realm.
Painted in Peru sometime around 1700, in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Archangel Raphael

Or how about the January sky? Cold, blue, through the bare trees.
january sky

A closer shot, it’s sunlight shinning through the bark of my paper bark maple trees.
paperbark maple

Citrus! All you can eat, so many varieties! So sweet.
citrus

A pinch pot, made by my friend Becky, sitting on my table, looking humble and perfect all at once.
pinch pot

This tiny, [2 3/4 inch] print of scissors. Beautiful. By Sonia Romero.
[ok, one other resolution, get this framed]
sonia romero scissors

One of my favorite websites, Not Ordinary Fashion. I get lost here.
notordinryfashion 1

Pod casts! Yes! I listen while I sew.
You’ve heard of Serial, yes? So good. Or how about Gimlet’s two [so far], Start Up and Reply All.
serial and gimlet 1

My kimono silks, pure inspiration. Absolutely gorgeous. Each one so beautiful.
I have more than enough, but cannot resist, they are my addiction.
kimono silk 2015

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Shortest Day

It’s the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
It’s the end of long dark days and a return of light. From now until June our days will be longer.
Let’s celebrate!
light returns
Have the very Merriest of Holidays and the Happiest New Year!
2015 here we come!

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Wayne Art Center: Living with Craft

The Wayne Art Center just outside of Philadelphia is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their annual juried exhibit “Craft Forms” with a companion show entitled “Living with Craft”. Vignettes of rooms are filled with artist made furniture, lighting, floor coverings and decorative and functional objects. And a few mannequins, wearing my clothes!
Fragments III Wayne Art CenterAs though someone, dressed in my pieced suit “Fragments III”, was standing in her beautiful home, filled with artist made furniture, rugs, lights, glass and pottery. So cool!
The show will be up through January 31st, 2015.

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Huddling In

After weeks of getting ready for and doing several shows, preparing for and teaching a workshop and the traveling to get there and back, I was ready for a little down time.December Studio
Not that I’m complaining! It was all fun! And energizing! And stimulating!
But at a certain point, especially in the cold and damp months of winter, you just want to huddle in, sit quietly, turn on the radio, turn off the phone and sew.
Ahhhhh.

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Kimono Silk Scarves

I’ve been saving some of my very best scarves for my on-line web shop.
Each scarf is pieced from my gorgeous kimono silks: hand painted, stenciled, shibori [that’s the amazing Japanese tie-dye], all different colors, textures and weaves.
To get there, click here or go to my website and click on ‘Shop‘.
Purple Ume
PurpleUme

Ocean
Ocean

Red Slice
Red and White Slice

These 3 and more are up and on view now.
And I’ll be adding more in December. Check them out!

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Holiday Show 2014!

Wow! What a wonderful show! It was a fabulous 2 day party, our 2014 Holiday Show, we had the best time!
We set up, opened the doors and in came friends, new and old.
My space, with all my clothes on display and ready for visitors.
Holiday show 14

Beautiful Emily in my coat “Avenue”
holiday show 14 emily

The amazing Junko, wearing one of her gorgeous kimonos.
Junko is a master at combining colors, designs and textures.
Holiday show 14 junko

Mary, wearing a coat I made her 25 years ago!
Still going strong. I love it!
Holiday show 14 mary cross

Jessica found the perfect thing for her day as a mother of the bride.
Elizabeth pins for alterations. So pretty!
Holiday Show Jessica Elizabeth

A new fashion idea? A scarf on top of a scarf. I like it!
Holiday show 14 scarves

On the second day, Junko came back! Wearing different kimonos and obi.
Is this cool or what?
Holiday show 14 junko, linda stephanie

And beautiful Sarah with sweet Riley.
Thank you everyone who came to our show!
We couldn’t have done it without you!Holiday show 14 Sara and Riley

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Craft2Wear and Winter Park Workshop

I’m just home from a whirlwind two week trip.
First, the fabulous, amazing and wonderful Craft2Wear show in Washington DC. Held at the gorgeous National Building Museum.
craft2wear 14
Built after the Civil War to house the headquarters of the US Pension Bureau, it has a frieze around the exterior commemorating the Union soldiers. So cool!
craft2 wear 14 2
The Smithsonian Women’s committee invited about 50 clothing and jewelry artists from previous Smithsonian Craft Shows to exhibit.
My Booth, ready for the opening night party.
carft2wear 14 3
Lots of people came, new friends and old, my jackets and scarves found new homes.
It was a wonderful show!
craft2weat 14 9
After, I had an extra day to visit the National Portrait Museum.
craft2wear 14 6
Full of paintings and sculptures of important and interesting people.
Like Thomas L. McKenney, Sequoyah, Andrew Jackson and John Jacob Aster.
craft2wear 14 5
And Pocahontas.
I love this painting.
craft2wear 14 pocahontas
And this guy, Isaac Singer.
craft2wear 14 singer
Who, in 1851, invented the most reliable and affordable sewing machine available.
900 stitches per minute!
The portrait museum is fantastic. I spent the entire day there.
crat2wear 14 sew machine
Then, good bye Washington,
craft2wear 14 7
Hello Florida!
cutting workshop 14
Where I taught a workshop hosted by the amazing Louise Cutting.
On the first day of class the students carried, pushed and wheeled in their sewing machines, surgers, ironing boards and supplies.
cutting workshop 14 7
Everyone set up, spread out and started sewing.
cutting workshop 14 10
The 2 days whizzed by. Projects were started, beautiful samples sewn, new friends made. Sewing friends!
cutting workshop 14 5
Applique,
cutting workshop 14 6
Piecing.
Every piece was beautiful!
cutting worshop 14 4
At Louise’s, her kitties performed.
What could be more fascinating than a dripping water faucet?
Button, Bobbin and Stitch.
cutting workshop 14 9
Thank You Louise Cutting and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee for a fabulous 2 week extravaganza trip!
Next up? The Holiday Show, right here in beautiful Portland! November 15 an 16.
See you there!
cutting workshop 14 8

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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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