I hope my friends and my daughter felt as beautiful as they looked!
My studio was about 100 degrees today. I’m actually working in a “sweatshop”. When I’m done with the fashion show next Saturday night I might start looking for property in a cooler climate. Northern Vermont is simply too hot and too damn sunny for me. It feels like New Orleans. I don’t remember the last rainy day I experienced. I love rain, fog and cool, overcast days. There’s a slight chance for a thunderstorm tonight—here’s hoping. I’ll be a lot more productive if it cools off even a little. I have a lot of details to finish and only four full days to do it.
I spent an inordinate amount of time on this bag. I’m thrilled that it turned out looking like a museum piece. It’s has structural integrity, but it looks like it should be handled with white gloves. I think Frida Kahlo might’ve actually carried this. I’m not sure which of my models for STRUT will be carrying this bag because it works with all four looks. I could do this type of design for days and neither need rest or nourishment. I love when I’m in “flow” in my studio. It’s a rare and unbelievably fulfilling time as an artist.
and I didn’t even turn NPR or music on all day. I was so happy to be alone with my thoughts, a giant iced tea (thanks to my son) and all of my leathers, fabrics, trims, sewing machines and tools. I wanted to start working on my accessories for the fashion show (STRUT) on September 12th, in Burlington, Vermont. I’m afraid this bag may be a little dark for the runway. However, with the right styling it might just work.
Thank you, Suttons. We had an amazing day visiting your spread! Seeing my Cape Cod raised husband, Jeff on horse was really cool and certainly will be a highlight of our summer. I would love to return the favor if you ever find yourselves heading east. Lobsters? Vermont Cheese? Ben and Jerry’s? Have a wonderful summer!
Whenever I’m about to start a big project I’ve discovered that having a “guiding principle” is really helpful. I always need help narrowing my focus. So if I’m able to decide on a palette or a “feel” I’m generally more relaxed as the work gets more demanding. I’m about to start designing my collection for the SEABA Strut Fashion Show in early September in Burlington, Vermont I first need to submit my design ideas for my application.
This painting by Lynne Reed, a Burlington painter has stayed with me since I first saw it. Lynne is part of a women’s small business support group (Levity Seven) that I am a part of and we recently had a “trunk show” together. I think this painting and the other photos of mine I found are my design inspiration clothing line. I love the brush strokes, texture and palette. These colors have a “mid-century” vibe that I adore. So, here’s to a guiding principle in whatever part of your life it’s needed.
This Friday and Saturday I’m part of a TRUNK SHOW at VINTAGE INSPIRED in Burlington, Vermont with 6 very talented women. We call ourselves, “LEVITY seven”. We meet every few weeks over coffee in one of our studios or homes and talk about the issues of running small businesses. Sometimes we stay on topic and often we talk about what’s happening in our creative lives.
“Without some occasional levity,
the working environment is not better than a sweatshop.”
What an amazing group of women to spend time with and learn from their collective experience. Having LEVITY in our group name reflects that we don’t want to pile more pressure on each other to do more than we already are, but rather reflects our level of encouragement and collaboration…with a healthy dose of humor.
Our group includes mostly Germans…two women are jewelers, one a fused glass artist and a garden designer. There are also a few very talented American women—a contemporary painter and the owner of CB Sacks—a Burlington company that makes beautiful bags out of coffee sacks from around the world.
Here’s what I’m preparing for the TRUNK SHOW…bracelets, pendants, a few paintings, hand-painted shoes and a few paintings. I’m not a terribly skilled salesperson. It just doesn’t come very naturally to me—so if you come to our TRUNK SHOW I’ll be the one showing the merits and creativity of my friend’s work.
Please stop by if you’re in the Burlington, Vermont area.
Vintage Inspired • Friday May 1st, 5-8pm, Saturday noon-5pm • 180 Flynn Ave
Here are links to see their work:
http://www.eenadee.com/ (Ina Deane/jewelry designer)
http://www.janefrank.net/ (Jane Frank/master goldsmith)
http://cbsacks.com/ (Kara Greenblott/bag designer/upcycled coffee sacks)
http://www.lynnereed.com/ (Lynne Reed/contemporary painter)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/glassart-by-gabrielle/927215810628357 (Gabrielle Baumann/fused glass artist)
http://www.oldworldgardendesign.net/ (Silvia Jope/garden designer)
the first weekend in May at Vintage Inspired in Burlington, Vermont (details to follow). I’m trying to decided exactly what I want to create…bracelets, pendants, jewelry holders, small (affordable) paintings or perhaps even something that hasn’t revealed itself yet.
I found this Jill Heller piece in a magazine at the gym.
What luck, huh? So cool.
I think this will provide some serious inspiration.