Occasionally, and always unexpectedly, a package magically appears in my vestibule from Sri Threads. They always inexplicably contain exactly what I need at that moment and things I couldn’t even dream of – all thoughtfully collected by the brilliant eye of Stephen Szczepanek. When a package appears I make tea and put on music and spend way more time than necessary unpacking and examining – it is such an incredible gift. The textiles are remarkable in color and texture and history – bits of eccentric mending and exquisite wear and patina that bring qualities to whatever I make that just pass through me – that is such a particular sensation – an ideal.
I think the magical and thoughtful way they come to me brings a certain spirit to the objects as well -they spring from a wonderful set of circumstances I did not and could not invent – happenstance is magic.
This weekend I finished a group of 12 little experiments made from Sri treasures – each numbered and signed ( the numbered series will close at 100).
I’ll finish photographing them today and add them to the shop tomorrow 3/4. Also – for your convenience, I’ve added a long overdue calendar of updates (it’s at the top right menu of this page) both here and at my shop website – it lists the time and in some cases place for future updates so you can have an idea of what’s on the horizon – I’ll update it regularly.
Something new I’ve been working on:
Crepe paper bunnies in love, dressed up and ready to celebrate. I’ve got a few production details to work out but they will be in my shop very soon – you can join the shop mailing list if you would like an email notification when they are available.
update 2/27/: they are available now in the shop
I’m looking for a helper (this is a huge scary leap for me) and I wonder if you know anybody that might be interested in working with me. The ideal person probably has their own little enterprise or those sorts of aspirations – the experience here could help with that, they have a flexible schedule, are located close to Brooklyn, NY ( I’m in Park Slope) and they wouldn’t mind working with me in my very small but lovely place that can get extra cramped and chaotic when big wholesale orders are moving through. Most importantly of all they have very, very clever hands – sewing experience would be wonderful but I’m willing to teach that to some one who just has a magic touch. The hours would be small and sporadic at first with the goal of moving to one day a week and on from there. The pay would also be small to begin but with room to grow if things work out.
If you know someone who might be interested please share this with them. If you’re interested yourself please message me here or email me at ann at annwoodhandmade dot com with “studio help” as the subject line.
A growing collection of Sri mushrooms.
And whispery silk fiddleheads, in the spirit of the day.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Way back in 2006 I made 100 cardboard horses as an experiment and creative exercise – I exhibited the group in Los Angeles in 2007. I’ve added cormac and the other 16 remaining horses (some of my favorites) from the collection to my shop.
PS -If you are getting snow I hope you’re enjoying it. I am getting snow and enjoying it.
I’m working on botanical shapes including some small toadstools – little experiments in color and texture. They are a numbered series -with signed hand sewn tags with the number and date for each. I’m using mostly Japanese garment fragments (courtesy of Sri Threads) with rich color and history.
I like the idea of these turning up unexpectedly (as mushrooms sometimes do) on a hook or knob or a drawer pull. I’m also working on others- flower and seed pod sorts of shapes. These will be in my shop very soon and next September I’m teaching a class at Squam on making botanical shapes with textiles – you can get more info here.
If you’d like to be notified when they are available you can join my mailing list here.
I designed a new cake topper over the summer: Flamingos in Love.
I painted miles of crepe paper in very particular shades of pink and coral.
They are available in my shop now as well as at BHLDN. I’m also thinking of putting a “make it your self” kit together for these – what do you think?
I loved working with crepe paper and I’ve got something else for the cute department in the works – here are a couple sneak peeks:
Wishing you a happy and merry new year,
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I don’t generally review things here but this book answers questions I’m asked so frequently I wanted to offer it as reference for anyone interested in sewing their own designs.