Friday, January 10, 2020

A New Year, New Garments and a Book

The most exciting news I have is that my book is in the final stages, really!  Most all the photos are taken by Cynthia Shaffer, the bulk of work is in the hands of my editor, Tonia Jenny, and I am on pins a needles with excitement.  It's been over a year and a half in the works and I know now I will see it in print.  There were moments of doubt, all on my part, but I had a lot of friends championing me along the way and I am truly grateful to them.



The tasks I need to tackle next are to get a website up and promote the book and I need to write an "About Me".  This is a walk in muddy waters that I am putting off.  I know it will get done but now I'm am just inspired and want to work in my studio.

The last couple of weeks I have created a few garments and a few more are ready to be designed and worked on.  I don't know if I will list these in Etsy or just save them for the "live" vendor shows I participate in.  It seems hard to sell clothing online even though I add free shipping and buyers can return items if in condition they were received within a time frame.  I do not pay for return shipping but how much money do you spend to drive around and shop?  Just a thought.




My next event will be teaching at Art & Soul Portland and also vending.  My class titled "Homage to Leaves and Rust" is full but my Dyers' Sample Record Book class still has a few openings.  Both these classes have lots of dye techniques in them, rust dyeing, natural dyes, and botanicals along with some different resist and layering techniques.  Of course there is stitching involved too!  If any of this appeals to you I hope you join me!



I'm off to town now, to the gym, grocery shopping and other errands.  Hope you all are well.  xo



Friday, October 18, 2019

Progress of Writing a Book "wayward threads"





I finally feel comfortable to publicize that I have been writing a book on my upcycled clothing designs for over a year.  The title is “wayward threads: techniques and ideas for upcylcling unloved or discarded garments”.

I started out with a timeline that was unrealistic.  I had no idea about how long it would really take.  The concept was in my head for several years.  Around August of 2018 I said “I’m going to do, it I’m going to write this book”!  I had a lot of encouragement from friends and peers and so I began thinking that within a year it would be done.  Well that year marker has come and gone but I am on the downhill slope of it all.  

I am so happy that Tonia Jenny was interested in editing the book for me.  I hired her soon after I determined I was actually going to write the book and she has been so patient with me watching the deadlines I set march by.

I will be self publishing through Kindle Direct Publishing which is Amazon.

During this year plus time I did not quit traveling or teaching or doing shows so that took time away from working on the book. I would work on the book projects and then shift gears to make garments and dye fabrics and scarves, all the usual items I create for shows.  Then I would work on class projects and all that entails to apply at art retreats and making kits.  Then back to the book like the swing of a pendulum.

I also did some traveling for fun.  I went to Alaska for ten days to see the Glacier Bay area.  I took a trip to the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  I took two trips to Sedona to take art workshops, one with Kate Thompson and one with Cas Holmes.

Now I am away again visiting friends in Texas and will be traveling to Missouri to visit my folks and friends there.

When I return home I will be preparing for the Goat Hill Fair at the Watsonville, CA fairgrounds November 9 & 10.  This is a very cool vintage fair I am so happy to be part of.

After vending at Goat Hill I only have a couple of garments to finish details on for the book before the photo shoot to take “beauty” shots.  Whew!  Really I think this will be the finale for the book to be ready to send to the editor.  

I will be launching a website when I get closer to publishing so I will be announcing the url when it is up and running with all the info about my book and how and where to purchase it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Upcoming Shows May 2019

I will be doing two big shows in May, 2019



The first will be the Creator Show at Tinker, Tailor, Artist, Maker show in Redwood City, CA


Pullman San Francisco Bay
223 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, California
Saturday May 4 – Sunday May 5
Open to General Public: 
Daily – 10:00am to 5:00pm*
Parking available onsite.
Entry to Create Show is FREE
Children under the care of their parents are welcome.
For more info click on the link above






Then I will be at Goat Hill Fair again!



When?
  Sat. -May 18th - 10 to 4
  Sun.-May 19th - 10 to 3

Where?
  Santa Cruz Co. Fairgrounds
  2601 E. Lake Ave.
Watsonville, CA  95076

What?
  Goat Hill is a unique antiques
  and artisan fair with over 100
  vendors!

For more info click on the link above.



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Updates

Blogs become more and more abandoned as Facebook, Instagram and other sites become easier to post notices.  However, I know there are people who do not use those sites and still frequent blogs and this is a good place for me to post my events since I do not have a website anymore.

That said I have updated my events page (It's already March) for 2019 through August.  I will be doing a couple of events in October but the dates are not set yet.

Here are some pictures of botanical and rust dye prints I have been creating.





Saturday, October 27, 2018

Goat Hill Fair 2018


Top made from vintage feedsacks

I am busy taking vintage quilt tops, feed/flour/sugar sacks, and all varieties of crochets lace and trims to create tunic tops and scarves.  I am very excited about these, I think they are so cute and I hope others will think so too.  I am planning to sell these at Goat Hill Fair on Nov. 10th and 11th.  I have more in the making and will get some pictures up once they are finished, probably the end of the week.




Top made from old flannel shirts



vintage quilt top trimmed with vintage crochet lace, inset pockets

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Linen Pastoral Scenes Upcycled Jackets


These are a few of the linen jackets I have upcycled by adding pastoral scenes cut from vintage calendar towels that are hand stitched.  I also added vintage crochet lace trims.




I am leaving on Sunday to drive to Phoenix for Art Unraveled.  Excited to be teaching a two day upcyled garment class, having a fashion show and vending at Art Extravaganza on Saturday.  Not so excited about the long drive to get there.

My theme song for driving south and through the desert "Out with the kickers, and the truckers, and the cowboy angels ................"



Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring Ahead


Rust Dye Prints and Ink Jet Images on Fabric
(for Storyscapes opening night)



I am being pulled in three different directions.  Dyeing velvet and making scarf lengths I am pairing with vintage linen and lace for kits to teach a workshop in Southern California this coming weekend at Artistic Bliss Designs.  At the same time I am finishing pieces for Storyscapes, adding name labels, last minute stitching and I'm still creating some small pieces for the museum show I need to mail by Friday.



May 4 - June 30

Margaret Harwell Art Museum 
Poplar Bluff, Mo

Opening Reception Friday, May 4th

Storyscapes: Fiber Art Narratives

Storyscapes embody collage with fabric, fiber, paper, nature finds, and other unique elements that are hand dyed, painted and stitched.

Together these tell narrative stories that speak of the three artists visions.

Roxanne Evans Stout, Janet Brown, and Lorri Scott collaborate on the Storyscape panels, each adding their own imagery to form a final textile story.


Also featured in the exhibit will be individual works on various medium types from book arts to wall pieces to clothing but all with the theme of textile collage to tie them together.


I have to think ahead about Goat Hill because on the 25th I go to Florida for 5 days, come home for one day then fly to Missouri for the museum show opening, visit my folks and then go to visit my friend Sharon.  I get home on the 13th and the show is the next weekend so I need to be prepared.  





May 19 - 20

Santa Cruz Fairgrounds, Watsonville, CA 

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  




WHEW!  Off to the studio now!