I am loving working with black and white.
Monday here again. Things are piling up around here. Orders are going out and students are coming for classes. It is going to be a busy week, but I can see a clear place after a couple more weeks of keeping my head down. Hope to have some time to clear the air and focus on new designs and some others ideas I have on the radar.
I have been sewing and sewing lately, with all the bag orders. This week I had to start a new order for some scarves, so I am painting on silk again. It is something I really love, I never realized how relaxing it is for me. This is an artist I have admired for many years Kerr Grabrowski. She uses a technique disconstructed screen printing, to create the layered affect.
A working weekend for me, and student in the studio next week. Always a fun time.
I love this designer Gudrun Sjoden, so colorful, comfortable and stylish. She uses models of all types and ages and her company in “green.” I have been working in black/white with pops of color so I love the tunic look in the top photo.The jacket below is a perfect example of Kantha style quilting. My students are working on a piece using this technique. I am looking at making a light coat jacket this year, this one is a great inspiration.
I have been so busy getting orders done time is flying by. It has me rethinking my studio space layout and storage areas. I need places for finished work as well as cut parts and painting area. As always searching on line I found these great solutions. I always love drawers as oposed to open shevlin(which is what I have now) it makes the space feel too busy, with everything in site. I know some people love to see everything around them but I like to set up displays for inspiration, and have most things put away. It just makes me feel calmer, and not so overwhelmed with ideas.
Photos Vintage Rose
What do you think, do like everything out and visual, or more controled clutter?
My students have creating their own fabric design for a future project. We have been using stencils but I hope to bring in some other types of print materials in the future-block and screen printing and maybe some silk direct painting. Hand printing is very relevant in the arts and crafts world, and getting back to hand made items. I really hope the art students today will take these new ideas and bring some change in the mass produced items that have taken over.
When we create in my design business I like to think we are making quality items that can be the there for the future-we use natural fabric and real wood.
I love the combination of many different fabrics, the hand printing pulls it all together. Does anyone have any hand printing projects out there?
Photo: Steve Armstrong
This photo is a sample of what our area looks like.
At the start of a new week, I review my health and fitness goals and plans. It has been a little tough the last few weeks, the very wet weather and all the fungi and pollen really drags me down. I have been able to get my diet more together, no wheat or dairy, the only thing left to reduce is sugar, the hardest for me. I have started to feel lighter and sleeping is much better. My exercise has been lax-just can’t get myself out and walk in the rain-so I have joined the YMCA for the fall/winter months. I feel I need that extra support, the classes and equipment to increase my workouts. A time and life go by it gets harder and harder to loose weight as well as keep the body from falling apart-I see it in my relatives, so just trying to get a head start.
I have been seeing so many circle and dot motifs lately, in fashion, craft, home decor. I use this round element in my design a lot, I just love how it looks, dots and stripes as well.
I found this rug images it is from Free People shop and it reminded my how much I miss doing store displays, but I realized you can do design in your home, and I have a class of design students that could use some of these techniques. It also relate to my earlier post bring color into my lift.
This could translate into many things, wall art, table mats, etc. What can you do with this rope coiling concept?
I design, fabric, clothing and accessories, I love color, but I for many years in my home and personal style, I always played it safe. My closet looks very brown. My house was taupe and a little teal. I the past 2 years my life changed in several ways and it has helped me see things differently, always waiting for the perfect can cause you to wait for ever.
So I recently bought an orange soft and beautiful bright floral print chair. My designs have gotten more bold and interesting. I found this company Bokja with the most amazing furniture, piecing many fabrics in many colors to remake some fabulous furniture.