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.
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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.
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:
Abby Glassenberg makes wonderfully imaginative and incredibly well made toys and in her new book “Stuffed Animals: From Concept to construction” she shows you how to make them as well as how to create your own designs.
As you make each project you learn a skill to use in creating your own inventions – like darts and gussets and joints.
The 52 lessons, tips, tricks and equipment overview make this a great place to start for beginners as well as an excellent reference for more advanced sewers interested in designing patterns or soft sculpture or improving the quality of their work.
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.
I started working on a new pattern in October.
It’s a long process for me – experiments and trial and error – I enjoy it immensely. I make piles and piles of prototypes and duds – learning a little bit from each. It wakes me up early and keeps me up late. This is the first finished lamb:
The next lambs were made from vintage tablecloths.
I love vintage linens and I very particularly love vintage linens with roses. I had 2 that wanted to be lambs – both had some staining in areas making them not so desirable to use as tablecloths – otherwise I would have saved them for the country home I will ultimately have.
I also used a depression era drape I found upstate last summer and one little black lamb is made from edwardian garments. I’ve finished a little flock now and they will arrive in the shop tomorrow 12/18 (noonish EST).
Whenever I post about creating a new creature or pattern I always get a ton of email from people who would like to do the same – looking for a course or a book. I haven’t known of a great resource until lately: Abby Glassenberg has written a comprehensive guide to sewing in 3 dimensions and I’ll tell you more about it in my next post.
week 50 in my “this is where i am from” year long project:
I had a serious puppet phase. For years I got a marionette for Christmas every year, made some myself and my father made me one, a king. He also made me a theater from a dishwasher box, it was covered with classic 70′s striped contact paper and I painted scenery on an old window shade and sewed costumes for the puppets.
Exciting news! The Squam art retreat offerings are live on their website. I’m teaching a class in September called “Wild Beauty” – creating botanical experiments in textiles. You can read about it and all the other classes here:
I taught at Squam in 2012 and it was a wonderful experience – I’m so excited to go back.
week 47,48,49 in my “this is where i am from” year long project:
Well there has been an interruption hasn’t there – Weeks 47, 48 and 49 will be the weeks that never were. Hopefully I’ll back on track next week. I hurt my back on the 18th and I tried to ignore that because I really, really didn’t have the time or patience for my back to be hurt. That made things much, much worse until everything came to a grinding halt on the 20th. I’m nearly better now and dealing with the work overload mess this interruption has caused. This experience has gotten my attention. I’ve been working at a ridiculous pace for too long. I need to change things in a big way going forward. I’ll share that with you as I figure it out – right now it is 0% figured out.
And I I wanted to show you these – a couple weeks ago I posted a drawing of a clothespin ballerina ornament I made as a child – I made the drawing from memory – but my sister found the ballerina! It was packed away with family Christmas treasures along with another I made that I had forgotten about.
I think my dad must have made the ballerina arms for me and the soldier’s arms are wooden coffee stirrers (do they still make those?) – maybe you know someone little who would like to make these.