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I’m  working on some new owls – a  new smaller owl shape for me with some new details.  I’ll finish these tonight and photograph them in the morning . They are part of my “new creatures” update tomorrow ( friday 3/28 ) evening.

owl work

And onother new shape –  a hummingbird – a bit larger than a real hummingbird but still quite small, she fits in the palm of your hand.  The bird and owls are made mostly from Sri textiles – I love this muted palette.

hummingbird_sm

laurent

Another new creature Laurent ( all my rats are french) and a blue owl.

blue owl

 

junk in the trunk

He’s big and blue and  bad, and has some junk in the trunk.

new things

I’ve finished a group of new things and they will be in my shop tomorrow (11/1) at 2 PM (new york time).
Happy Halloween!

mr. chuzzelwit

crimson mushroom

mr. skimpole

velvet_songbird

toadstools

november ship

on my work table

Owls. And a blue velvet songbird.

owls_progress

I get pretty excited about fall and to celebrate I pulled out my houndstooth wool.  I’m also working on a blue velvet songbird and another owl  made from a  textile from Sri Threads.  It is one of my all time most favorite fabrics – I can barely stand to use it. I think if I had miles of it I would never get tired of it. Here’s a closer look – it’s a thick  heavy weave and the pattern is incredible.

grey_sri_owl

And I made a little more progress on the songbird.

bluevelvet_songbird

Another fall ritual for me is taking a group of little birds out to prospect park for a photo ( I do it every spring too).  It was a big adventure.

bird_hike

birds_prospectpark

a gentle rat

 sebastian

Sebastian. He and a couple Fortuny friends departed for Venice last week.

fortuny_spider

fortuny_ernestoernesto

owls and toadstools

toadstools

looking for spring

owl and toadstool

matilde

A few new springish things I’ve finished lately.

bloomer, bloomer & bloomer

bloomer, bloomer and bloomer

Bloomer, Bloomer & Bloomer Attorneys at Law – specializing in forest disputes.
From left to right: Miles H. Bloomer, Cyrus P. Bloomer and Billings Bloomer Sr.
These gimlet eyed solicitors are made from a pair of antique swim bloomers.

Cyrus P. BloomerCyrus P. Bloomer

They’ll be in the shop next week and you can join my mailing list if you would like an email notification or check back here or on facebook for the exact time.

*Update – The Bloomers will be in the shop at 2 PM New York time on Wednesday 4/10.

owls on the work table

I’m working on 3 little  owls made from antique swim bloomers. The label from the Myer’s Manufacturing Company (Los Angeles)  is sewn into one owl’s posterior.

bloomer label

owls in progress
I  started this little group last September and then abandoned them  - I think they’ll finally be finished tomorrow.

fortuny window display

silver fortuny owl

This silver grey Fortuny owl and some other creatures  found their  way  into  the beautiful new window display outside the showroom  in the D and D  building here in New York.  There are some great photos of the window on the Fortuny blog.

silver fortuny owl

he storms off

the time keeper

Last fall  the Citizen Watch company commissioned a special piece. My assignment was to “re-imagine” one of their timepieces and  to make an object that fits my imagination and personal language.

The watch is called the eco drive- EYES.  I re-imagined the watch as an owl and I called my piece ” The Time Keeper”.

the time keeper

He  is an expression of the eco-drive watch and an expression of time itself. Focusing on visual and conceptual aspects of the watch, first and most significantly – his face- his eyes specifically, refer in a direct way to to the face of the watch.

ecodrive_eyes

Extensive mending was necessary to give the fragile garment structural integrity  and that  mending is apparent and celebrated, time marks, time transforms. The  stitches express the characters and marks of the watch face – stitches sometimes measured and precise ( marking seconds). Stitches and patches expressed as numbers and letters and circles or portions of circles sometimes shifting in scale.

timekeeper_bk

The marks refer to the design of the watch as well as illustrating a passage of time across the owls surface and acknowledging the history and life span of the ruined antique bodice he is made from.

mutton sleave bodice

He has gone off to live in the Citizen showroom in Tokyo.  Also he is featured  in  Real Scale Magazine ( a supplement of Ginza) in Japan. The article was written by David G. Imber and Yoshida Mika with photos by Jen Causey.

real scale magazine

I think the article will be available on line soon and I’ll post a link when it is.

shop update

I’m having a little shop update Monday (12/17 – 2pm ny time), you’ve already seen some of the new things- toadstools and little owls – and there are a couple new ships as well. One is paper mache:

paper mache ship

And the other is made from  an antique quilt fragment – pretty grays and lilac.

quilt ship

Both have little owl captains.

There is also a new dark toadstool with a little teal owl perched underneath- both made from turn of the century garments.

owl and toadstool

The new things will be available in the shop on Monday- 12/17  at 2 pm (new york time).