I’ve been saving the buttons for his eyes ( I only have 2) for 3 years. I started putting fabric aside for him about a year ago – bits of quilts and blankets, a tiny piece of threadbare russet velvet from a crazy quilt and linings from several garments. And just lately I found the last thing I needed, the heavy dark brown cotton his body is made from, lining an antique walking skirt. I’m hoping to finish him today.
I visited the Fortuny showroom earlier this week to talk with Mickey Riad ( creative director) about creating some of my creatures with Fortuny fabrics. I think it ’s a fabulous idea and I’m looking forward to experimenting. We talked about bats and spiders and owls and maybe some new things inspired by the exquisite patterns and colors as well as the history.
Like the fabrics, the new showroom in the D and D building is almost overwhelmingly beautiful. I took a couple photos but they don’t do it justice – you can see much more here and on the Fortuny blog.
I’m excited about the possibilities and I’ll share progress photos with you when I get started.
P.S. - You’ll find the green bustled spider crawling among the bolts of glorious fabric in the first photo here.
Cover - ana serrano – wonderful.
Juxtapoz Handmade is in stores now.
I’m flattered to be included with so many of my favorite artists :
Souther Salazar, Saelee Oh and so many others. I love the book. Love it.
Most things start with a pile – the two little piles above are going to be ballerinas.
And patterns usually start with a drawing.
A hopeful sort of drawing followed by lots and lots of experimenting – making and taking apart, adjusting – over and over and over again. If nothing else I am persistent. Relentless might be a better word.
My plan is to end up with a little perching owl who might like to be a passenger in a paper mache ship.
I made halloween costumes for a couple of my smaller friends this weekend, a humpback whale and a starfish. It was a sewing marathon, seat of the pants sort of effort – fast – no do-overs, no obsessing ( a little obsessing ), good spontaneous fun for my typically compulsive and too tightly wound self.
And the fabulous little fellows who wore them brought them to life in ways I could never have imagine.
( there is a video of the humpback whale on the move here)