Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Women in Clothing

It seems like every year around this time I find a book that inspires me. One year it was The Life of a Bowerbird by Sibella Court. Her book hit several chords in me and resulted in first, a typewritten list of things that I love, followed by a book of drawings of those things.

Another year it was immersion into native plants that led to a line of scarves called Detritus echoing the colors of manzanita bark and dudlea plants.

This year I discovered a book titled Women in Clothes.  It was researched and written by a group of women interested in the concept of personal style and what that means. They interviewed over 600 women from all over the world and all walks of life. The interview questions were thought provoking and the responses even more so.

I've decided to turn this into a research project of my own. My plan is to answer the survey questions and complete the projects in the book. My goal is to not only learn more about myself but, hopefully, be inspired to more fully participate in creating who I am.

Thought I'd just use this blog as my journal so if anyone's interested they might decide to participate, as well. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Red Dirt Festival in Redlands, California

I'll be participating in this year's show with many other local artists. It's a fun outdoor show in beautiful downtown Redlands and it always feels good to shop local and support small business and local artists. It looks as though the weather will be beautiful! I hope you can join us.

Red Dirt Art Festival

Saturday, November 18, 2017
10am to 4:30pm
Smiley Park
Corner of Cajon and Vine
Redlands, CA

Here's a sneak peek at some of my new work.
I've been busy designing clothing for Fall/Winter, new jewelry,
scarves, fun accessories, home decor and gifts. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Artist Collaboration with Photographer Rebekah Schott

I loved collaborating on a recent photo shoot with photographer Rebekah Schott and the model, Sam Rainsbury.  I provided pieces from my Spring Summer 2017 collection. Some are available in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Textile Books

Working on something new- creating little books from scraps of textiles, trim and ephemera. I'm really enjoying the process of finding and combining. Some have themes, others are less literal. Unfortunately I have been unable to upload videos which are much more interesting than looking at photographs. Perhaps Blogger will remedy this situation soon.

My beautiful mess

Cutting up

Hunting and gathering red

Seeing Red

The moment when you see the potential in an ugly tee shirt

A Desert Landscape

Mr. Arnold

Inside Mr. Arnold

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kentucky Derby 2017

Although the Kentucky Derby is a bucket list for many, for me it was just a good idea proposed by my husband, Carl. We brought it up to our friends, Mark and Linda, and asked if they were interested. They were in! So the planning began. We decided to fly into Nashville and spend time both there and in Louisville.

First up: Fashion.

The fact that Carl gave me full responsibility for getting our ensembles together started things off right. I thought seersucker would be fun for him- a classic preppy look but not too out there. Once I found the suit, the fun began. Shirt, shoes, socks, bow tie and pocket square.... I found it all. And he was thumbs up to everything.

Of course I offered my services to Linda and we texted back and forth as she worked on her and Mark's outfits.

Linda and I had so much fun coordinating our outfits. She paired a fuchsia feather fascinator with a gorgeous floral silk dress. I found a vintage straw handbag online for her, as well.  I had purchased a dress in Paso Robles the prior month and I found a vintage straw hat online that came all the way from France.  I added a huge flower and decided on a pair of short rose colored leather boots. I also designed a handbag from vintage Kentucky Derby graphics.

We spent the first night in Nashville. We cruised up and down Broadway (with the other 35,000 tourists) and had a nice dinner at Merchant's.We met up with Mark and Linda's friends who also happened to be in town.

Next morning, on to Louisville- it was Derby Day!

All dressed up, we ordered an Uber and headed to Churchill Downs.

The race was great but I had more fun looking at the fashion. Some of these people really knew how to dress! Hats everywhere!!

Those derby people know how to have a good time! We left before all of the races were over and waited two hours for a cab back to the AirBnB.

The next day was our tour of a thoroughbred farm. We started the day with a trip to The Waffle House. Don't laugh. It was something I'd been wanting to do for a while. Don't ask me why. I even bought a souvenir mug.

Keeneland Thoroughbred Farm was a really fun tour.  Driving through the countryside you see exactly what you'd expect the green grass of Kentucky to look like. We got to pet new born foals, see the final resting place of Seattle Slew, and learn more than we could ever remember about the history and ancestry to the most famous thoroughbred horses.

Next up was bourbon tasting at Buffalo Trace.  We toured the distillery and sampled several kinds of bourbon before hitting the road again.

The next morning we explored Louisville further by visiting the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the campus of the University of Kentucky,  Muhammed Ali's final resting place,  and some of the city's architectural gems.

On to Nashville! We decided we wanted to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and tour the original Studio B and the Hatch Show Print.

We squeezed a lot into four days and enjoyed every moment.