New Work for ACC SF 2017

It’s coming up soon! The American Craft Show in San Fransisco,
August 4, 5 and 6.
That’s the weekend after next!
I’m sewing up a storm finishing new pieces for the show.
But that’s not all there is to do. There’s all the other stuff.
Like photograph the work.
So when someone asks about a piece I can look it up my photo records.
To help remember the specifics.
Tops and jackets and skirts and scarves.
Now, back to the sewing machine and sew, sew, sew.

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Midsummer Tea with Junko

Tea with Junko and Lynn at a neiborhood coffee shop.
Junko, always in a beautiful kimono, this time honoring the Japanese festival Tanabata, the Star Festival.
The Star Festival celebrates the once a year meeting of two deities, lovers that had been separated by the Milky Way. Angry that his daughter had neglected her loom and was no longer weaving the cloth he so loved, her father had kept her isolated and away from her lover. Moved by his daughters tears, he relented and allowed them to meet once a year. But the lovers could not cross the Milky Way. Again the daughter cried until a flock of magpies came and made a bridge from their wings.
Inspired by the story, Junko added birds to her obi. Her kimono looks like scattered stars.
She has also added a little brush. People celebrate the festival by writing their wishes on little strips of paper and hang them from bamboo. Traditionally, boys wish for better handwriting.
And girls wish for better sewing and craftsmanship.[!]
A starry midsummer kimono, the perfect thing to wear for an afternoon in July.

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Silver Swing

In process, a new color way for my swing coat!
Silver grey gradating to an almost black.
From my stash, these fabrics had been sitting for years on my shelf, waiting for their time.
Woven stripes, checks and plaids in the pieced strips.
I’m loving the patterns and textures!

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Trip to Warm Springs

Kahneeta Hot Springs Resort, located on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, sits in a gorgeous, beautiful, awe inspiring landscape.
Just driving to the resort!
Mind bending rock formations.
I need a geologist in the back seat to help explain what I’m seeing.
Located on the dry side of the state, blue, blue skies.
The remains of a Presbyterian church and mission.
Up close, so pretty,
Wildflowers underfoot.

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New Jacket on My Board

In process, a new jacket!
I’ve had a very fun few days pinning all the bias tubes in place.
Next up, baste.
Then, hand stitch everything down.
Can’t wait!
App Trench

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SAM, Peonies and New Projects

I love walking into art museums with no particular agenda. Last weekend I was able to do just that at the Seattle Art Museum.
One step in, right in the main lobby, was ‘Middle Fork’ an amazing piece by John Grade. A sculpture of a 140 year old hemlock from the Middle Fork area of the Snoqualmie River. John Grade Middle Fork
It’s made from thousands of tiny, reclaimed pieces of old growth cedar.
There is a short video about the making of it here.
John Grade Detail
The other end from the atrium below.
So cool.
I came to a full stop in front of this gorgeous elevator screen from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Louis Sullivan’s 1894 building was demolished in 1972.
A detail with shadows behind.
A little Japanese screen with “Dancing Figures”.
Back home, more inspiration.
My peonies.
Inspiration for new work! My favorite time in the studio.
Piles of fabrics laid out. Big plans brewing for these guys!

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Beaded Plus

I had made a version of this beaded jacket a few months ago.
Judy asked for a similar jacket with a little more length. Plus a top to go under.
And, how about adding some beads to the top?
Yes! And Yes!
Excellent idea Judy!
A close up.

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Spring Fever

Finally! Spring is here!
Since the early 1940s, only one other year has been wetter than this one.
It’s been rain, rain, rain, followed by more rain. And then some more.
[shhhh, this is a secret: I do not mind the rain. I’ve been just fine inside, right in front of my sewing machine.]
But, when the sun comes out and everything is sparkling and clean, it’s impossible to stay inside.
And besides, all these beauties are calling to me.
My Royal Sunset rose is just about ready to bloom.
I can’t wait. It has the best fragrance.
I didn’t even know this one had opened!
The things you find out when you finally go outside.
I confess that I was amazed to find how well the weeds have been doing.
This now liberated iris was about to be swallowed by unruly grass and other uninvited plants.
A pretty rhododendron in full form.
This one wasn’t so sure about my yard. I’m happy to see it doing its best to adjust.
And just wait, the peonies are about to explode.
Except for all the flowers that are also my favorites, peonies are my favorite.
I can’t wait.

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Next Generation

Every new jacket I make has its genesis from a previous design. One idea will spawn another. Or,  a new fabric inspires a new direction. Or a customer asks for a change that in turn sends me off into new ideas and new possibilities.
Sometimes the connection is obscure, it makes sense to me, but is not noticeable to others.
Other times, the parentage is obvious.
For example, the jacket below, which is similar and obviously related to the first, but is sewn with different fabrics.
The original jacket below. You can see the similarities.
But different, like a mother and daughter.
Another jacket, from the same family. I posted this one in process, here finished. This one uses the same fabrics, but instead of solid black the sleeves are pieced.
All three jackets are different from each other but related. Like members of a family. Like a mother and her two daughters.
Generations, one follows the next, similar and related but new and different.
Happy Mothers Day!

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Piecing Meisen

All last week I was piecing meisen……
‘Piecing Meisen’, doesn’t it sounds like the title of a novel?
My week.
I spent it cutting up the beautiful Japanese ikat fabric, meisen.
You remember meisen, you weave it, print the design, unweave and reweave.
Yep, reweave. For that soft edge on all the shapes. So cool.
I was cutting it into small pieces, then piecing them back together into blocks and finally, into jacket pieces.
The one above ready to be sewn into a jacket.
The one below, not quite yet.
I love this! Because I loose myself in the process.
It’s just me and my fabrics. We’re finding our way, seeing what shapes and patterns emerge.
It’s magic.

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