In these textiles, I was searching for a place not of simplicity, but of mindful craft, technique and lore. This seemingly simple tank is made from organic cotton, homespun and handwoven. An ode to the artisan, to stillness running deep, and to the natural.
Today has been filled with a lot of thought on process, specifically on how to proceed with this new line and walk between artful pieces and casual, yet exquisite, offerings. I had dinner with a new friend last night, and I was dressed almost head to toe in my new textiles, and she got it. And that felt good. As I venture forward, I hope you get it too :)
The forest is dense with fog and fern, and the mist of the nearby ocean exhales onto one's skin. Salted caramels with paper wrappers that you fold up neatly as you chew slow and contemplative...here's to a happiness that is known and possible, not a mystery.
Introducing my indigo mud-resist tunic dress now available at FOLK Shop & Gallery in Kittery, Maine. My above musing is dedicated to Maine (hi Maine!). I think Amelia at FOLK can process orders by phone or email if your interested.
A tunic dress with pockets! Crafted from hand-spun handwoven cotton dyed using natural indigo. Available in a size Small, Medium or Large. Head on over and check them out! Styles by the lovely Marichelle from MEUS.
For the love of craft. For the love of the handmade. For the love of variation. I'm feeling it.
Everyday around 1:00pm, I lose focus. It. Just. Happens. So I am here trying to rein myself back into work mode...and not take a siesta.
My block printed samples have recently made their way to me. I have not solidified how to proceed even though that was my main thing to do today (see? totally losing focus).
Pictured here with an original drawing, which for me, my art always informs the ladder of design from concept to creation.
Well it's that time of year that deliveries to retail stores are underway. Although I didn't set out to make clothes, it's pretty fun that I did. The fabrics are all homespun handwoven cottons, with natural indigo dyes. The co-op I work with were really wonderful as far as production goes. My inspiration for the line was to make the clothes loose, comfortable, no buttons zippers or fuss, natural, and utterly artisan.
I have been a working artist since I can first remember and it's a career path that I have never veered away from - even in very hard and challenging times. Always making, small things, big things, gallery things, commercial things, friendly things, bad things.
Along the way, sometimes it's necessary to outsource my designs and ideas to insanely talented and very patient artisans for them to produce. There is a holding of the breath for me, excitement and worry mixed into one, as I wait for "what is going to come back". I work with loose specs, and as I pass a baton of concept, there is always an additional variance to be expected from what I think might happen. And this is where I think the magic happens. In these small translations, sometimes things are lost and have to be redone. But sometimes, it comes out better than you could have hoped for and you feel the euphoria of the collaborative creative spirit working through the pieces being made.
My block prints are being tested out after being hand carved by a carver named Jujartram. I think he did an amazing job and I am honored to have worked with him in this process. Once I figure out the final colorways I want, some hopefully cool stuff will be made from these textiles. Any requests?
I want to take a moment a talk about these new cotton panel pieces I just got in. I stare at them for longer than I'd like to admit. There is such a beautiful honest power and delicious tactility to these panels - I simply adore them. The no dye thing is new for me, and feels like a relief of some sort. Like the fabric is just taking a nice long sigh and also doing some stretches. Or maybe I am thinking of how I need to start doing some yoga and subconsciously applying it to this textile. Anyway - it's a unique concept that I am excited to share. Not much fabric is made this way in the world. And I am proud to support and commission the artisans who make it: no dye cotton, handspun, handwoven.
To initiate my textile collection, I had my block prints made in time, but there was not enough time to actually print them on fabric before the rains came in. The blocks are mainly images of deer doing what they do: frolic, be meek, and be pretty. This past summer I had the pleasure of renting a cabin in the mountains about an hour outside of the city (NYC) with my family, and I saw so many deer. It's always that same moment though, you stop suddenly, hold out your arms, and say in a hushed tone "Look at the deer!" If you were lucky, you got a good look before they ran away.
Up next...I want to walk up on wild horses (I know super girly move, but they are so cool!) Does anyone know where that happens? Suggestions welcome.
I imagine that trade shows have come a long way since the beginning. Does anyone know when the first trade show was? I write this post as I sit at Capsule NYC Women's SS15 market. It's been pretty fun to be here and share the works that I have made, and also talk about my concept ideas for the future of the studio line. It's also always so great to get out of the studio, get off social media, and suddenly be surrounded by actual people and to interchange tidbits, stories, struggles and triumphs.
Here is a photo of my clothing rack! The forecast says rain, so everyone is saying "We hope this doesn't put a damper on things today" - Let's hope not - come on over buyers! If I am writing a blog post it's because I am not busy enough in my booth.
Welcome. This is the beginning. Well sort of, it's the culmination of many years of work, creating and finally settling on what I think is right, at the right time, and made in the right ways. I hope you join me on this journey. Full disclosure, I am a little apprehensive about having a blog....you know...with all the writing, and sharing, and upkeep. But let's just see how things go...