Saturday, September 17, 2016

Italy, St. Louis, and a 3 Day Sale on Shooter Vests!

I have been busy getting ready to leave for Italy next Thursday for two weeks.  I am so fortunate to get to take Kate Thompson's Fractured Angels of Italy class in Orvieto.  Kate and I will travel to Rome and spend two days then travel to Orvieto for six days of workshop and adventure.  After the workshop we will go to Florence for 3 days and then back to Rome and home.

I spent yesterday afternoon getting my inventory sheet done for The Weavers" Guild of St. Louis annual show that takes place Oct. 21 and 22.  So after I get home from Italy I will have about two weeks to recover and get ready to travel again.

I need to list my "Shoot Like a Girl" sharpshooter vests to sell but have just been to preoccupied to do that on Etsy.  SO I am announcing I have six vests that I normally sell for $110.00 but will have a 3 DAY SALE on these for $85.00.  The sale begins today and will end Tuesday.

I was able to get a little photo shoot together with a couple of lovely young ladies and my photographer friend Wendy Mann.  Here are some pics of those vests I am selling.  If you see one you like email me and I can give you specific measurements, etc. and more photos if you want them.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Botanical & Rust Dye Print Classes in SoCal

                Welcome to "Where fish fly"  coined by my friend Roxanne when she visited me.

What am I up to? Today I am getting ready to host a BBQ at my house along with my husband who has been up and down all night checking on the meat, brisket, pork butt, and ribs.  He puts the meat in his smoker for hours and then later it will get put on the grill and then to plate.  It is delicious everytime!

Michael's smoker made from our old dishwasher, truly recycled!

Kate Thompson was just here for a week and I took her weekend long class creating a book with lots of new techniques I learned.  We started with fabrics then added plaster, gesso, and matte medium to prepare the pages for photo transfers, painting, collage, etc. Kate and I had spent the week before in my studio indigo dyeing and creating botanical and rust dye prints which I used in some of my pages. My book is far from complete because I am a slow artist and often find I need a little time to absorb what I learned and for this book time to figure out what else I want to add to the pages.  But this class gave me a jumpstart for the retreat I'll be taking with her in Orvieto, Italy in Sept.

This August I will be presenting two botanical and rust dye workshops at Gilding the Lily in Southern California.   I've never been to Gilding but have heard so many great things about the store I just cannot wait. Oh and of course after meeting Dede Warren who manages classes there I can't wait to get to hang out with her some more, we really hit it off from our first meeting.

Classes are the last weekend of August and you can click here to get all the info.

Before that on August 6th I will be vending at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, AZ.  I have taught and vended there for many years and always enjoy this venue, the promoters are fabulous (Chuck & Linda) and I've met some wonderful friends there.  This year I didn't apply to teach and will only be vending and I get to take a class!

I better go help Michael now, it looks like my angel wings are starting to unfurl.  :-)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shoot Like a Girl Collage Vest

As many of you know I have been taking vintage bird hunting vests and upcycling them into fun and feminine ones.  I called them Shoot Like a Girl Sharpshooter Vests or often the shorter version of just Shooter Vests.

After being contacted by Roxanne Evans Stout, a couple of years ago now,  to create a fabric collage for her book Storytelling with Collage I was challenged to do this using botanical and rust dye prints and of course I wanted to collage a garment with them. For that project it was a natural linen swing jacket.  I loved creating it so much I have continued on, slowly, but still taking this further with garments.

I have  been playing with using some of the botanical and rust dye prints to collage the shooter vests.  Here is one that has sold.

This is a collage I've been working on for a while now.  I get distracted with other projects or commissions that come my way but I am happy with how this is evolving.  I plan to stitch it onto the back of a shooter vest.

I gave Kate Thompson some credit for inspiring me to add the red embroidered antlers because of her wonderful work.  Kate is coming to San Jose in June to give a two day class which I will participate in and can hardly wait.  I think there might be an opening or two so sign up if you can take the class!

Have a wonderful day and hope you are creating something wonderful in your life.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Making Some Observations and Reflecting

I participated in a show last weekend "Remnants of the Past" and while I hesitate to broadcast this I did poorly.  I didn't come near getting my booth fee back and in all the years I've done shows this has not happened.  So what happened?  I have some theories.  First off this is the most expensive show I've ever done so the fee was high to recover.

The show is advertised as a vintage show and to me that means something is vintage or vintage parts are used to create something new, etc.  I was told by marketers that something considered an antique had to be 100 years or older and I've been told something vintage was either 25 or 50 years or older.  So it has always been a bit confusing but now something vintage seems to be anything that looks old or a style of being old. Things that look "vintage" but have nothing vintage about them.

There was a lot of clothing at this show!  While a few booths that had retail clothing, cheap clothes made in China, for resale did very well it's hard to compete with that.  The clothes were cute!  But there was nothing vintage about them except perhaps the style of being lacy or romantic.

This was only my second year to do the show but the attendance was way down from last year.  Many vendors I've talked with who have done the show for years agreed.

Perhaps there is too much competition.  Lot's of these vintage style shows are popping up.  Same stuff, same vendors, and more and more reproduction resales.

I thought I'd be okay at selling because I teach and vend at art retreats.  But now the art retreats are letting retail resellers in.  I understand retailing supplies to attendees to use to make stuff with but out right retail clothing and jewelry that competes with the artist made stuff?  Yes there are those who appreciate the artist made creations and we are grateful to those but I am baffled why promoters want to bring the mall into the picture.  It that the sort of vendor show they want?  Not to showcase the artist but just to sell booth spaces?

I am the only one who has an issue with this?  I would like to hear from others and there ideas and opinions concerning my theories.

I know I won't stop creating, it's in my soul, in my mind I keep thinking about how to move ahead and what the plan should be.

So after all the bitching and moaning here's a happy picture.  Iris blooming in my garden and the beds awaiting soil amendment and vegetable planting.   Time to get my hands dirty!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Rainy Day Retrospect

Here in California we prayed for rain and boy are we getting it!  And wind, yes the trees are bending like toothpicks.  Not weather to be out and about in so I spent most of the day in my studio puttering around.  A little stitching, some botanical dye printing, daydreaming, and watching HGTV.

Some of these dye prints were done with my sister Jan when she visited last week and some today.

I've been putting packets together of rust and botanical dyed fabrics and ribbon that I have listed for sale in my Etsy shop.  I have more to list as the days go by.

Hope you are safe and dry in your part of the world.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Pajaro Valley Quilt Association Annual Show

I'm a vendor this year at the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association annual show.  I'm sharing a double booth with Chris Flynn who creates marvelous books and cards made from vintage laces, photos, and other goodies along with her Spirit Dolls. It's happening next weekend!

The last few days have found me making a huge mess in the studio to dye fabrics, scarves and ribbon to sell.

The aftermath of botanical and rust dye printing 
that become this

And then I bundle and wrap on cards, bits and pieces and ribbon

This is what I'll be selling along with some of my upcycled garments including the vintage "shoot like a girl" sharpshooter vests.

I'm hoping to see some familiar faces that I haven't seen in a long time as well as meeting new friends!