Thursday, March 27, 2014
I thought I'd share one of the songs that I've been listening to quite a bit lately. It seemed to be a sweet match for these photos of Libby. She's a 'Peg O' My Heart' bisque doll, made by the K & H company in Santa Clara, Calif in the 1940s. I found her last week while searching for vintage textiles for my shop and I just can't bear to part with her.
the song is: We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra & Mildred Bailey, 1932.
Monday, March 10, 2014
On one of my recent vintage rummaging days, I came across an apron from the 1940s. It was made from a red and white apple print textile that had clearly been worn a lot in its first life. It was more colorful and whimsical than my usual preference but I ended up buying it because there was something about it that I really liked. As with all old things, it had a story. One of the threads of its story was a torn pocket, and to me this made the tiny cotton apron special. For days after bringing it home, I kept thinking of this torn pocket and the feelings it generated. Peacefulness, curiosity, sentimentality... and a knowing sense that something ‘flawed’ is perfect in its imperfection. As I get older, I’m attracted to people and things that are comfortable and curious with their inner conflicts, transparent in their messiness and sometimes even celebratory of it. When I designed my new line of aprons, I kept this in mind. The hemp textile I used has incredible texture, inconsistencies and character. I tried to preserve these traits, as best I could, by leaving raw edges that show the distress of the weaving and garment dyeing the aprons to encourage variations of shade on the stitching and folds. I guess this is kind of a long way of expressing how happy I am for small moments in life that influence my creative work.
To read & see more about my new hemp aprons, please visit my online SHOP
Monday, March 3, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Three new prints are in my shop for Spring. A bit early, I know, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. This latest collection is inspired by old textiles which is not surprising since I find myself happily surrounded by them. If you’ve met me at a market or show in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve met my frequent boothmate, Angela, who also happens to be my amazing Mom. She and her sister travel to the most beautiful places and sell the very special antique textiles and artifacts that they find. Their new(ish) company is called Rare Cloth and it’s a source of constant inspiration for my work.
You can visit their online home here: Rare Cloth
& shop my new prints here: Untold Imprint
We’ll be together at some upcoming spring shows- including Brimfield Antique Market in May.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I'm finding myself favoring grey these days. Warm grey and cool grey and everything in between, with a little bit of gold or silver. Maybe it's my mind and eyes relaxing after the colors of Summer and Autumn. Pictured above are a selection of Grey gifts from my shop.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
My niece just stayed with me for a long Fall weekend that went by in a flash. We jumped in the leaves, still a little wet from the rain. She learned and I re-learned how to crochet. We played games- Fibber, Candyland & Monopoly. We read books and talked and danced to our favorite songs. She even tried on my torn fabric skirts and I snapped a couple of beautiful photos as she twirled around. She's the biggest part of my heart and my pint-sized Muse.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
It was a perfect week at Brimfield's September show. Sunny skies and the usual mix of eclectic, bizarre and beautiful things. Brimfield never seems to disappoint. As soon as we drive onto Route 20 in Sturbridge, before I even see the tents, I feel the excitement. While walking the fields on my selling breaks, I snapped a few photos of some treasures that were begging to come home with me.
I'm already thinking about May.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
I received an incredible package in the mail this week from my friend Mandy Behrens. Mandy is the artist behind Weathered Silo and one of the kindest people I’ve ever had the good fortune to know. Her ‘affinity for the old ways’ is apparent in everything she creates. The painting above, “Midday Wheat”, is from her Colorado prairie landscape collection, it’s painted on hemp/organic cotton fabric and beautifully affixed to salvaged Mexican hardwood. The weight of the wood layered with the textures of raw fabric edges and brush strokes of oil paint are so true to Mandy's inspiration. It makes me very happy to look at this everyday. The gorgeous intense blue textiles you see, were hand dyed by Mandy with woad, a natural earth-friendly dye. The colors are so stunningly rich that they look aged, like fabric you would find in an old trunk full of treasures. I plan to make something special with the textiles and once I do, I’ll be sure to post.
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