The Daily Post

I haven't heard of the Daily Post until this morning. I was reading The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum and he referenced that reading the daily post was a daily practice for him. Anyway, I went on over to the Daily Word site and this was the post for today, which I thought I would share on this blog since it happened to be work-related, and felt very relevant for today:

Sacred Work
I HONOR MY SACRED WORK.

Artisans turn raw material into art. Bakers transform flour into bread. Retail clerks use their communication skills to fill other people’s needs. When we use our gifts to bless and serve others, we are doing holy work.

I honor the sacred work that is mine to do by communing with Spirit before starting my daily routine. I ask God for guidance prior to facing the tasks ahead.

As I use my talents, I benefit in many ways, including connecting with others and the satisfaction of giving. I am the eyes, ears, hands, and heart of God expressing to the world. I honor my abilities and use them to do sacred work. At the end of the day, I say thank you for all the blessings, challenges, and learning experiences.
— http://www.dailyword.com/dailyword/sacred-work-friday-january-08-2016

The ultimate luxury

I have been thinking a lot today about why I love textiles so much, specifically the textiles I am making for this studio line. Since I was a little girl, my hands have always been an obsession for me. I saw a miracle in them, and often thought of the hands of all women who came before me in my family line. I thought about how they may have worked the earth, how they tended to others, how they made things, and how they loved. In old photographs of my great-grandmother and grandmother in Sicily, I look at their hands most. I am speaking loosely here, but when I break down the ideas behind hand-worked textiles, it feels luxurious to me. More luxurious than what corporate fashion brands would sell me to believe what luxury is. I do feel that to be human, is to be very closely linked to the tidings of the natural world. Falling out of synch is no good. I am most days out of synch. These textiles are helping me ground onto earth. They are slow, natural, and meant to age with me. They get better with use, they feel loved in, not old. I want to be more like that. 

This moment

was a friend graciously modeling the clothes for me, and taking a moment to tell me a great story. it was one of my favorite photos I took of the day. 

 

Tank top in homespun handwoven indigo dyed cotton - mud resist print SS16

Au Naturale

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. 

 Homespun, handwoven natural cotton tank. No dye. 

Homespun, handwoven natural cotton tank. No dye. 

  Homespun, handwoven natural cotton tank. No dye. 

Homespun, handwoven natural cotton tank. No dye. 

Forging

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 :)

 "Azul et Hoja" Gouache on paper by Carla Venticinque-Osborn.

"Azul et Hoja" Gouache on paper by Carla Venticinque-Osborn.

Forever and ever

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. 

 Handspun indigo mud resist printed. Comes in a S, M or L.

Handspun indigo mud resist printed. Comes in a S, M or L.

Now available at Meus Shop!

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

 Natural indigo tunic by Pippa Romana studio. Handspun khadi cotton fibers. 

Natural indigo tunic by Pippa Romana studio. Handspun khadi cotton fibers. 

1pm Wooze

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. 

 Block printed khadi cotton paired with the original painting which inspired the design. Gouche on paper "This Guy" by Carla Osborn 2014. 

Block printed khadi cotton paired with the original painting which inspired the design. Gouche on paper "This Guy" by Carla Osborn 2014. 


SPRING IS SPRINGING!

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. 

 Mud resist printed cotton dyed with natural indigo. 

Mud resist printed cotton dyed with natural indigo.