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.”

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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.

Studio Redesign

Since moving my studio back to my home, I have not been able to really set up my space.  I am currently in an upstairs room, that has been good until now, but thngs are changing and I am going to do something that may be a little “crazy.”  I would like to offer small workshops and creative visit at my studio and the current arrangement does not allow for much more than me sewing away on my own.

We live in a colonial two-story house, very typical for this area of Virgina, small rooms, traditional styling.   Of course, I have always wanted to live in a jusge open space building.  The first floor has two smallish rooms at the front, the parlor and the dining room.  We do not really use either of these spaces.  When we do have people over we are always in the family/kitchen area.  The boys are going to help me convert the downstairs into the studio and move the tv watching/hangout room to the second floor.  So now it is on to the planning and measuring and all.   It will be interesting to see how it comes out, where is your creative space?

The studio photo below is a beautiful space, it is so well thought out for space and a variety of uses.  More here form Sara Lechner.

Changes

It seems like things come full circle. I am back to blogging, I miss it so much. With all that has happened in the last two years I am glad to have a new direction in my life. Still creating but in a different way. Just finishing an order to ship. I hope you will follow me in this crazy creative life.

Design Letting Go

I am in the process of updating this blog and it is interesting to rethink what I want it to be and do. It has a lot to do with the new products I have been designing. I am incorporating my team (the Boys at home) to add some small furniture pieces as well as remaking old furniture. We have been collecting old “junk” pieces and over hauling them for our home and the studio display. I love this idea of using old design and putting my touch with our fabrics and other details. It interesting letting go of more parts of the work since, I have always done a lot of the work myself. But in order to grow this into a family business it has to be done.
This is an antique fireplace screen, I think it originally have some kind of old lace fabric that was destoyed by the time I got it.

Fabric Friday

The styles I have been looking at this week as started from the mood board,has lead me to many great artisans and designers. I notice a lot of fabric designers are in UK and Australia. We are going to do our part to create more printed fabric here at our studio. I am in love with this London designer, with fabric and wallpaper
Anne Dove.
The colors are so lovely, the photos and display ideas are also great.

Monday Moods

This journal will be going through some changes in the coming weeks.  A new looks for new ideas that are filling my head.  I want to showcase art and design from many places and styles.  But also bring some art and design techniques for a little behind the scenes of a working studio and gallery.  The space is finally coming together and now the focus can be on creating and working with other artisans. A little more fashion for personal style as well.
Monday will now be to set the mood or focus of the new week.
This inspiration board is from the flickr group by cursive design. The web site and blog are here.
This is my mood for the week.

 

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