Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
My holiday collection, HANDCRAFT, will be available tomorrow, 11.19.09. I’ll have a slideshow of images here in the morning, and you will be able to view the items in the shop at that time. Everything will be available for purchase starting at noon, CST.
And in the spirit of gift giving, I have a special gift for all of you. Stop back here on Friday to see.
Thank you all for your supportive comments about the collection. I’m excited to show it to you and hope you’ll be able to find a few gifts for your lists.
Here is another little peak, of something I’m especially excited about:
HANDCRAFT holiday 2009 collection, wrapped necklace/scarf
Friday, November 13th, 2009
marfa path print scarf, HANDCRAFT holiday 2009 collection
note: I now have a twitter account. This is just an experiment-I’ll see how it goes. It is here, although I haven’t actually posted anything yet….
I’d love to hear your thoughts on twitter. Do you use it? how and why?
Yesterday I had some “found time”. Does that ever happen to you? Where something that is scheduled gets canceled, and you suddenly find yourself with time you weren’t planning on? I used part of this time to clean my studio, which was a complete disaster. It helped to clear my head, and in a time where I’m feeling overwhelmed with work and life and other projects, this was exactly what I needed.
My holiday collection, HANDCRAFT, will launch next Thursday, November 19th. Since I’ve been thinking so much about holiday and gifts lately, I thought I’d post a few “gift guides” of items I’d love to give (or receive) this holiday season.
Since I love all things geometric, this first one is all about geometry:
- Geometric laser cut prints by molly m designs. I love every single one of these.
- Honeycomb necklaces by smallthings. These remind me of the pinhole piece that Heather Smith Jones made me.
- Hive cuff bracelet by silvercocoon. I can’t decide between the white or grey…..
- Cubeoctahedron ring by Bandada. I’m not normally a gold person, but this gold plated sterling silver has a nice dull finish that looks burnished.
- hope SEEDS lithography print by Heather Smith Jones. Heather does such exquisite work. I’m enamored with what I call her “Buckminster Fuller” geometric work.
- Faceted Vase by etcArts.
- Where I End and You Begin print by Lisa Congdon. Such beautiful, bold colors.
- A mountain for president wall vinyl by Principals of Geometry. Also see the video here.
- Lattice pamphlet blank books by Orange Beautiful. Great stocking stuffers.
- Oversized Optical Sweater by Micaela Greg. WANT.
And if you’d like to make something geometric to give this season, here is a tutorial for making your own geometric necklace. I actually like the one that Park and Cube made better…
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
asphalt grass denim wool pillow, HANDCRAFT 2009 holiday collection
Thank you to all who placed orders yesterday in my shop! If you emailed about the gossamer scarves and everything bag, I will be making more soon. There are still some of the mottled scarves available.
I wanted to give you a little glimpse of my holiday collection, HANDCRAFT, which I’ve been working on since early fall. This collection came about through a desire of mine to work a little more slowly, focusing on labor intensive processes done by hand, like printing and piecing. I also had in mind using up scraps of fabric and yarn I’ve been saving.
The collection will contain items perfect for gift giving in a range of prices, including pillows (like the one above), totes, scarves, prints t-shirts and wraps.
I’ll show a few more preview images here, and the collection will launch on November 19th.
I also want to thank you all for stopping by here to read and leave comments. I really enjoy hearing from all of you. I’m not the best at replying but I do try to respond in the comments section, and if you subscribe to the comments feed I think you can see the replies.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
U N mottled scarf tied “cowboy” style
So back to the fashion posts. Scarves. For the last few years scarves have been the fashion accessory. I remember in high school and college seeing cute girls wearing scarves around their neck or in their hair, and wishing I could pull it off. Whenever I tried it, it looked silly and forced. I was wishing for the Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday look, but it felt like I had a sign tied around my neck saying “dork”.
When scarves came back into fashion a few years ago, I tried them again and fell in love. I think one of the big reasons they seem to work for me now is that they’re bigger, and can be tied kind of messy. You don’t have to worry as much that they are “just so”. I also love that they keep me warm! I am always cold, no matter the season, and scarves allow me to wear short sleeves in summer and still not get too chilly.
One great thing about scarves right now is that they are relatively inexpensive and can make an outfit. You can pair a fantastic scarf with a t-shirt and jeans and look fabulous for not a lot of money and not a lot of effort or time.
I have lots of the long rectangular scarves, but lately I’ve been acquiring a few square shaped ones, which I really like. I like to tie them in what I call a “cowboy” style: basically folded into a triangle with the point in front, wrapped once around the neck and then tied under the point. Did you see Maria’s post at 3191 on tying scarves? Fantastic.
I just updated my shop with some more mottled and gossamer scarves and a few clothing pieces as well.
some of my favorite scarves at the moment. the one on the right was handwoven by ah yi.
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
It’s November! We’re having some wonderful weather here in MN. Sunny and cool and beautiful color everywhere. This weather always makes me want to knit and I’ve uncharacteristically started several projects at once and have several others on the waiting list.
I recently finished this vest, and am working on this one by Tom Scott, one of my favorite knitwear designers. And I really want to make this shawl which is super cool and might have to move up in the line.
Not that I need any more projects to add to my list, but I’d love to hear what you’re knitting or want to knit right now.
I also wanted to mention that the talented Jennifer Parry Dodge has opened her shop Ermie, with beautiful knitted cowls and hand printed clothing, all done in a wonderful fall color palette.
I’ll be updating my shop with a few items tomorrow, at 12:00 noon, CST. And my holiday collection HANDCRAFT, will launch around November 19th.
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
I know I said that I would update my shop last week with more scarves and a few clothing items, but some other things got in the way. So, the update will happen next week, Tuesday, November 3rd.
There will be gossamer and mottled scarves and if you sent me a message about the gathering coat and dress, there will be one of each of these as well, possibly two. Oh, and some marfa print items too.
I start teaching my new class today and on top of that I have a noon presentation and my studio class in the afternoon. 9 hours of talking! yikes.
Hope you all have a good wednesday.
Monday, October 26th, 2009
Thank you for all of your thoughts about fashion in my last post. It was interesting to read about other peoples fashion influences growing up. I thought I would focus on fashion this week here since it’s on my mind lately.
One unfortunate occuring theme in my wardrobe are pieces that I acquire that I love but seem to never wear because I can’t figure out how to wear them. When purchasing them I am focusing on the individual piece, rather than what it will work with. The necklace above is a good example. I actually traded some clothing for this when I was a Searchlight artist at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore in 2008. And I have never worn it! It was made by Agelio Batle of epoxy and leather and I really like how the “clasp” is the main design.
I ran across it recently and decided I needed to incorporate it into my wardrobe. I decided to turn to Polyvore for help. Now when Polyvore first came out I was intrigued. It looked fun, like playing with paper dolls. Awhile ago I checked back in and was a little shocked to see how commercial it has become. It seems to be all about selling products, and it is SO easy to create an amazing outfit in mere seconds and then click to buy. Very dangerous for me.
but….I started thinking about how it is a great assembling tool and so I decided to try to use it as a way of organizing things that I already own into an outfit. You can search by item and also color, which is brilliant. I thought the necklace would look good with a chunky cardigan I have, so I looked for a similar one and started there. Then I looked through the shirt section, not sure what I would want to wear under the necklace. After browsing I decided that a basic but slim cut t-shirt would work well. Then I looked at some skirts and saw a denim pencil skirt. That made me think of the dipped horizon skirt I made. Then I went to the boot section. I have many pairs of tall boots that would work with this outfit, but I have admired the Golden Goose brand boots for a long time. They are priced into the stratosphere, so I knew I wouldn’t even be temped to purchase them, so for fun I added them to the mix.
And there it is. It took a little time to put the image together since I added some of my own pieces, but you wouldn’t even have to make a final image. And it was super fun to do.
I’m interested to hear if any of you have experimented with Polyvore, and what you think about it.
Also: what would you wear this necklace with?
I really like the fashion posts that Stephanie and Maria have been doing over at 3191. Last week Stephanie talked about making items your own, by changing buttons, dyeing, etc. Such great ideas.
Friday, October 23rd, 2009
I realized I don’t talk about fashion much here. That’s strange, because I do think about it. And I’m curious about what others think about it. How important is fashion to you?
A little of my fashion history:
- When I was very little, my mom made most of my clothes. She knit and sewed and I was thrilled to have interesting, unique items.
- When I was in elementary school I became obese, and only wanted to wear loose, shapeless things. I tended to wear a handful of items over and over. There was something about not having to figure out what to wear that was comforting.
- Towards the end of middle school I began to shed some weight and suddenly clothing became really interesting. I knew how to knit and sew (from my mom) and making things I could wear became really fun. My dad loved fashion (still does) and liked taking me shopping, searching out unique places and items that were different than the usual mall stuff. We would also go to art galleries and museums, and in my head I think I started to think of fashion and art as related.
- In college (architecture school) I was all about wearing plain blackish clothes and blending into the background. Too busy discussing design and being cerebral to care about fashion:)
- In grad school I went through a period where I thought fashion was frivolous. I wanted to save the world through design and thought fashion was not important, socially conscious work.
And now? Well, now I’ve come to realize how clothing can simply make you feel good. If you feel good in what you are wearing you are a happier person and a better friend/employee/spouse/partner/parent/person. It can make you feel confident. I think the best fashion is something that you don’t have to think too much about. You can put something on and feel yourself and yet special.
Personally I think I am at a collecting and layering stage. I like finding unique and interesting items that work with what I already have. Putting items together for an outfit is an enjoyable passtime for me at the moment, and I especially like texture and layers. I guess I’ve come full circle.
And those are two of my favorite fashion magazines up there – MetroPop and surface. Have I mentioned I have a bit of a magazine problem? um, yeah.
So, how do you think about fashion? Do you look at fashion mags? Which ones are your favorites?
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Marfa Path print + Dipped Horizon print, 8″ x 10″
Next week I start teaching another class at the University. Currently I’m teaching an architecture design studio that will continue to the end of the semester. This new class is sort of a mini-studio. The U of M offers half semester courses in their Bachelor of Design Arts program that cover a range of topics in architecture. The class I’m offering is focusing on the precedent study process.
Typically students study historic or significant works of architecture in what we call a “precedent” study. Buildings are analyzed, studied and redrawn, looking at how materials were used, how the plan works, how it is organized on the site, etc. Normally the plans, elevations and sections are redrawn to scale.
I plan to have the students study common and/or banal type buildings, like big box retail structures, looking for ways that these buildings can be beautiful if viewed in a different way. They will document them not by drawing, but by working in a more limited way. The main focus will be on printing, such as wood block and linoleum prints, but they can also use masking (taping off and spraying) or other forms of limited or subtractive drawing.
The two prints above are a continuation of the printing and dyeing I’ve been doing lately. I made them as tests and examples to show my class but I also plan to include them in my HANDCRAFT holiday collection. I really like the way the dip dyed paper print turned out. I can see this method working really well in my precedent class.
Here is one of my favorite wood block prints by Donald Judd.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Have you seen Where the Wild Things Are? This was one of those times where my expectations fell short of the actual film. It is brilliant. It feels to me like a defining moment in film – like things will be forever changed.
Some do gooder links for today:
Increasingly I’ve been thinking about how I can contribute to my community in a way that will make a difference. I came across this article recently about Michael Swain, an artist who sets up a cart in San Francisco once a month and spends the day mending clothing that people bring him. His gift is not only the mending of the clothes, but more importantly the act of being there, caring and engaging the people who come to him in conversation.
I wish I could have attended The Pioneers of Change festival on Governor’s Island in New York in September, which was organized by Renny Ramakers, one of the founders of Droog. The festival was a celebration of Dutch design, fashion and architecture with leaders in these fields developing programs that were housed in each of the officer’s quarters on the island. Besides a wide range of interesting design programs to engage in, the underlying theme of the festival “encourages a more responsible and sustainable approach to living. The event celebrates the blurring of low- and high-brow, establishing new collaborations, encouraging involvement and valuing handcraft and the local context. Since the economic downfall, the notion of luxury has come under attack. Pioneers of Change does not apply the luxury tag to an ethos of riches as such but to qualities now hard to come by, including space, fresh air, respect, care, silence, slowness and time.”
I especially like how they chose Governor’s Island, a former Military base, as their location. Governor’s Island is undergoing some redevelopment and a festival like this is a way of bringing awareness to wonderful places like this that should and can be reused in new ways.
“Project M is an intensive summer program designed to inspire young graphic designers, writers, photographers and other creative people that their work can have a positive and significant impact on the world.”