Fashion Friday

A sneak peak of my new black and white collection

I am doing a trade show next week, it is quite different from a retail show.  It is for handmade/micro businesses.  There has been several articles about how trade shows and the big fashion week shows will soon need to rethink their concept.  Large shows  are extremely expensive, and so tends to represent huge corporate type business and most of the items are massed produced  in other countries.  It was quite disheartening trying a big show and the boys  and I are  setting a simple hand crafted booth next to a big company with a full construction crew putting up a mini department store.  In today’s economy I think the smaller shows will be much more important.  Online sources will be important, but I do feel that buyers do like to see products in person, especially for buying new work.  The BMAC and ACRE type shows seem much more important in this economy as well.  I think people are looking for unique items,  really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making items on a small scale, and can meet a speak with the people who are doing the work.  These shows are doing a good job of scaling down a bit and offering incentives to help artisans participate.

I titled this Fashion Friday, and I do feel this relates to discussions in the past about what we want to wear and making and wearing unique/creative fashions and sourcing products  made with more thought to social justice and environmental issues.  It is all about trying to find a balance for me, I use new and reclaimed materials and do some smaller trade shows to get meet the buyers and will be selling on line soon.

This is my last post for this blog everything will be on the new format Tuesday.

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Print and Other Media

It has been a long time since I bought a book or magazine.  I have a large collection and since online resources are so plentiful,  I did not feel like I needed to get any more resource materials.  It was also a problem with what was available, in design products especially.  All the new books for a while, were not that interesting, or were overly simplistic for my needs.   Recently I have noticed some new items out there and I may have give up some of my old collection and save up for a couple of new things.

This book “Decorate” looks lovely, I had a chance to see a copy at Anthropologie, and I have been a follower of Holly and Decor8 since the beginning.

 

I first read about Lotta Jansdotter in Selvedge Magazine several years ago.  She has many other books, some in Japanese, but I am always interested in studio spaces so “Open Spaces” looks intriguing.

 

And this last book is just me, texture, stitching, collage,  “Drawn to Stitch:  Line Drawing, and Mark Making in Textile Art.”

Motifs in Design-House

Here are some photo of a recent order I shopped.  The gallery only wanted “House Home” as the main design concept.  It is a motif that appears in my work often, so it was great fun  and a slight challenge to create so many different tiles but with a constant theme.

                                      

These tiles are made from reclaimed wood with printing and and painting details.

Also thanks to everyone who came out to see me and get some new things at the yard sale last week.  A busy week coming with another pillow order and getting the final preparations ready for my next in studio workshop days.

Creativity

I am super busy working on a wholesale order this week.  I always get so many ideas at the last minute, it is some of my most creative time.  Doing wholesale has been a great help with the focus part of  my work and design.  I have things more planned and it helps me focus.   I did just move my studio to a new location in my home last week, so the focus is a little cluttered right now.  I will have new images of my studio soon.  This photo below is a little sample of my current collection.  I am combining screen printing, with applique and embroidery(hand and machine).  Also this client wanted all items with house/home themes.  I try to make each one a little different (since I use some reclaimed fabrics) it can be a challenge to make each piece of art unique but also work as a collection.   How do you stay creative, without being distracted?

The Shape of Nature

Here are more photos from the Gardens.  I have been working with design ideas and the boys, drawing everyday things and nature.  It is part of the shapes of leaves, plants, and objects that I am working with in the new collections.   I think I need some mood boards, to help get the overall feel of things.

 

Beautiful Garden Event

Last week the Cultural Alliance had their annual Spring Event. This year was so great to be hosted at the Virginia Botanical Gardens in Norfolk. It was a great time and helped raise money to support the Arts in the Hampton Roads Area. I was helping with the event, but I did have a few minutes to sneek out for a little walk through the gardens. It was a perfect evening and I snapped a few photos for inspiration.

 The colors are so beautiful.

Fabric Friday and Focus

It has been a busy day.  I am working on several deadlines involving several different projects.  I have been thinking about color as well.  I seem to work in a random way and my focus now has been to try and create themes in color and design.  To make it easyier on myself in production as well as my personal life.  A I have been updating my studio and sorting through boxes and all it is surprising all the work I have created.  But what I also find is a kind of hodge podge of finished work.  This makes marketing harder and we tend to waste a lot of time changing directions.  I see a lot of people on blogs and forums taking about this all the time.  We all love to create and there is so much inspiration available, it is hard to get down to work with a focus.
I found this beautiful fabric by jajasavage at flickr today and it goes along with the clothing designs from yesterday as well as my current color pallette for my fall collection, so here is the Friday inspiration.

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