Never In, Never Out

I started with clothing, sewing for myself and later, for extra money, making clothes for a local boutique.
I was in art school and my ‘serious’ work was Art, things to hang on the wall. Clothes were something else, not my career.
Then my friend Christina said, let’s trade! I’ll weave you a rug, you sew a jacket for me.
And you know, it was so much fun, I enjoyed every second of the process. So I made a dress and an outfit and photographed them and went to New York and to Julie: Artisan’s Gallery who asked me to exhibit.
And that was how I stepped into this wonderful world.
And this was that first jacket, some 30 years later. Still in use and looking fabulous!

So you can see the whole jacket, here in one of those first photographs.
Yes! It’s kimono fabric, beautiful cottons. How perfect is that? 
A detail, showing the applique and a faced hole.

And still going strong!
Never in style, so never out of style. That’s my mantra.

Those rugs I traded for? Also going strong, looking beautiful.
One is right in the doorway to my studio. I step on it every time I enter. A good reminder of how I started on this path.
How perfect is that?

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4 Comments

  1. Sydney Brown
    Posted October 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Fun post! Thank you for that!

  2. Deborah Krall
    Posted October 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    What a great story!

  3. Christina G Sells
    Posted October 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Awwww, well written and thank you for the nod. So glad you have kept on this wonderful path that you took then and have made such a stunning body of work that has absolutely delighted so very many people and has made you happy as well. I think I can speak for all your fans in saying we hope you always stay on that path!

  4. Elisabeth gillem
    Posted October 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    What a great story!
    Xo, Elisabeth

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