I tend to fall in the trap of over planning, especially that we have a new year and all the experts and calenders, and filing systems come out to tell us how to get everything together for the new year. I have been in the inspiration/planning mode for a while. My design seem to work out best in a more free form way when I actually start to work. So, I just made a mood board and used that for my color/fabric inspiration. Now I am going to let the actual pieces flow from that. More images here.
Spring/Summer 2012 Photo:Jeremy Armstrong
This past year has been a tough one. I am so looking forward to the New 2012. In planning and reviewing my work I have been a little chaotic in the collections, I guess as part of the mixed up year I have had, but the current group is really coming together.
So, what was your year about? I will see you all for a fresh start.
It has been so busy with all the last minute shows and sales. I am slowly getting the home decor started. I usually do my holiday decorations over a few weeks as I get inspired. We have family staying with us for an extended visit, so it is taking a little longer for everything.
It is different this year with my studio being in the main area of the house, so that will reflect my display and all as well.
My color palette for this season is a little off the usual Christmas Red and Pine Green. I am also comitted to using/making only things I have on hand. There is so much inspiration out there, I do want it to be bold but simple.
Inspiration photo BHG
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?
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.
I have been paint tiles for a couple of weeks now for a big order, I can finally see the end, so I am back to sewing a fashion. A 40 piece order of bags and scarves, and since it will be fall/winter, a new color palette. I am adding a Autumn Red, as well as the Dark Teal, Chocolate Brown, and a Golden Maize, to my base color group.
I do love the Chambray/Denim Blues with the Reds in this photo, and I do have a group of blue fabrics, maybe a new addition.
In preparing for my teen sewing workshops this week, I realized I am using several quilting techniques to teach the sewing skills. I have more of a beginner group this session and I have noticed that cutting and sewing straight and seam allowance can be tricky to get right and can make all the difference in fitting and putting final projects together. We are going to piece together some fabric and turn it into a large tote.
I am also putting together some pattern/templates to offer here. I have some fun ideas and hope you will enjoy.
This photo is and in process shot from a joint project I did with my friend Anne Baxter a while back. The final art quilt was damaged in the studio fire, but some good friends still purchased it for their baby room.