Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fabric Pieces

Last week I spent a few days working on some new products with Lori Siebert. She has lots of fun stuff to play with and we a great time making a mess of her studio.
It was a nice change of pace for me to get back to working with fabric and ephemera; something that I used to really enjoy but haven't had the time to do.

Many moons ago, when Margo Tantau had the Relish Showroom, she and I we would get together every Sunday morning and applique. We tried hard not to think too much about what we were doing. If one of us got stuck trying to pick that "just right" piece of fabric the other one would randomly pick a piece from the pile, toss it over and say "here use this". It worked out pretty well.

Since I can't show any of the "top secret" designs that Lori and I worked on I thought I would post some of the pieces that I did when I had time to work in applique. These were created in or around 2003.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Inspiration in the Studio

On Wednesday I am headed to Cincinnati to see my high school friends and to brainstorm on some new projects with my friend Lori. Since I don't like the camera that I have; I borrowed one from a friend and have been shooting things around the studio so I can get the hang of it. I am also looking for inspiration around the studio so that I am ready to hit the ground running as they say.

While hunting for a shirt button I pulled these lovely raw buttons (for lack of a better description) out of their box. My intention is to make them into jewelry but in the meantime I think I will put them on display. They are so intricate and beautiful and I love the color. I call them raw buttons because they are what a vintage button looked like before the paint, rhinestones and shank are added.

As you can see finding a button here is no problem. These are some of my great grandmother's .

This is a little still life at the base of my computer. The chicken lady has been with me since college. She always manages to put a smile on my face.

My sister and I in a macaroni frame.

Part of my inspiration board. For awhile I was collecting vintage corsages. I hang them around mirrors and on doors during the holidays. This one managed to escaped the box when I put the decorations away this year. It served as a muse for the name tag mentioned in a previous post.

A letter from my friend Chloe. She and her sister, Colette are my favorite "sisters". I found this in my luggage the last time Tom and I visited them in Miami.

The dress is from a Oiseaux Sisters workshop many years ago. Dipping things in beeswax is addicting and highly recommended.

I brought the branch in to use as a Christmas tree and decided to keep it in the studio. Margo Tantau made the gift tag from porcelain letters. It was attached to a box of said letters that she gave me for my birthday. Clever girl!
Suddenly I'm inspired.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mary Engelbreit Artist Workshop

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Mary Engelbreit's Workshop in St. Louis. I met my friends Lori Siebert and Janet Zack, both from Cincinnati, and we stayed with Lori's friend Diann Cage in the beautiful Central West End.
My instructors included Kaari Meng from The French General, Linda Solovic, Wendy Addison and Charlotte Lyons. I also snooped in on Kathy Curotto's classes and took a few photos. It was such an inspiring weekend that Lori and I decided we had to get together and create a line of some sort. I can't wait to see what we come up with.

Lori Siebert, Janet Zack, me and Margo Tantau from Hallmark.

My Victorian moss Whimsy from Wendy Addison's class.

We got to tour Mary's offices and studio. I loved this little still life on her windowsill.

The reception area and front door at Mary Engelbreit's offices.

One of Mary's "inspiration" boards.

Amy Barickman and I. One of the best parts of this trip was getting to meet people that I have admired and worked with. Amy is one of them and Leigh Standley of Curly Girl Design is another.
Leigh and her name tag.

Award Ribbons made in Kathy Curotto's class.

Kathy brought lots of great stuff for all of us to work with.

Charlotte's sample tray. I wish I could paper my kitchen with that vintage wallpaper.

The bird that Lori made in Kathy's class.

One industrious woman made a scrapbook before the event was over and displayed it at the luncheon. Clearly she wasn't out carousing like we were.