Instead of a trip to Italy or Japan, how about a trip around Oregon? One thing covid has taught us, we don’t always have to go far for adventure. During the last month or so, I was able to go back to some of my favorite places in my home state.
First stop, a visit to Mt Hood and a sweet little cabin by a roaring river.
Drive down a bumpy dirt road. Slowly, five miles per hour.
Past a rustic fence made with sticks, so cool.
And a yellow ‘Dirt Bike Xing’ warning sign.
At the end of the road, up stone stairs, to a beautiful old cabin. You can just see the roof and chimney. Gorgeous!
I was there for a whole week, plenty of time for hikes through the dense forest and past gorgeous rivers.
And trees so thick with moss, they looked as though they had been covered with fuzzy green pom-poms.
After seven days of long breakfasts, then relaxing, followed by lunch, maybe a nap, a slow walk through the woods and ending with a leisurely dinner, it was time to move on.
I packed up and headed to one of my favorite places, Astoria, not too far from where Lewis and Clark wintered after their long trek across the continent.
Astoria is a sweet little town right on the Columbia River, just before it empties into the Pacific.
The picture above was taken at the top of the Astoria Column. 164 steps up a spiral staircase to the observation deck and this amazing view.
Confession, these photos were taken during another visit. The day I was there it was raining sideways so not too good for photos. Still it was amazing! And I am happy I went up, even though I was soaked to the bone after I came down.
Later, when back down in town, a picture taken next to the Astoria-Megler Bridge. On the other side of the river, four miles away, you can see the state of Washington.
After my week on Mt Hood and four days in Astoria, I headed back home and my studio where I finished some jackets for a lovely mother of the groom.
Below, a gorgeous silvery tsumugi kimono silk over a sweet pink top with cherry blossoms. Pink and silver, I love that combination.
And another jacket, this one sewn from a fantastic blue silk jacquard, woven with traditional Japanese flower and leaf designs. Under, you can see the blue and navy top printed with villages, hills and forests.
A closeup shot to show off the beautiful fabrics.
And a hitoe, my unlined jacket/ blouse, this time in a black and white kimono silk with a design of fans. I used an abstracted pink and black landscape silk inside the collar.
And then! I had one more trip.
I turned around and headed to Oregon’s beautiful coastline for a couple of days in lovely Cannon Beach.
The place I stayed had this view! Amazing! It was cloudy and stormy, my favorite weather at the coast.
The view in the other direction.
This place was beyond spectacular.
Whew! Such a wonderful series of trips.
Back home in my studio, I was fresh and ready to work on new projects.
Such as cutting out new jackets.
And designing new pieces.
Sometimes I start with a sketch or a specific idea, other times I lay out fabrics and see where they take me. I’m thinking a full skirt and jacket appliquéd with little red bits.
And especially during covid times, when my online shop is so very important, I took some time to tidy it up. I removed sold pieces, added new, especially new scarves, and I rearranged and adjusted so that each piece would highlight the one next to it. It’s fun, not quite like arranging my work in a booth at a show, but the same idea.
If you haven’t been to my shop for a while, please check it out here.
We also added both of my little 30 second videos to my website. If you haven’t seen them, check them out at my website under ‘Videos.’
How I envy you your Oregon travels; a place I have always wanted to visit. Maybe some day. As always the tops are beautiful; your fabric choices, designs and execution are perfect.
Ann Williamson says
Thank You Ceci! I appreciate your kind words about my work.
Oregon is a great place to visit! My travels were all on the west side of the state, there are beautiful places on the east side too. Next trip!
Christina Sells says
Thank you Ann, for the lovley little journey to some of my favorite places too, beautifully illustrated with excellent photos! AND, the garments are stellar as usual!
Ann Williamson says
Thank you Christina!