STRUT—part I

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Here are some images from last night’s STRUT fashion show in Burlington, Vermont.  These are the more candid shots of getting ready and going through rehearsal.  We had such a great day and hanging out together was really fun.  Thank you to all who helped make the show happen.  I won’t name you all, there are too many of you who supported Elizabeth and I produce our collection.  You know who you are.  Many thanks.

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The devil is in the details…

now that all of the pieces are created.  It’s time to look for subtle threads (literally & figuratively) that unite the collection. I love this part almost as much as pizza & champagne when we’re all done. I really like that part.  Elizabeth Bunsen’s dyed fabric, my work in scrap leather and photography and Jane Frank’s jewelry is telling a story just as we had hoped from the beginning.  Storytelling through this collaborative work is maybe the best part of the whole shootin’ match in my estimation.

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The details are details. They make the product.

The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life.

                        —Charles Eames

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This week in my studio…

I furiously got rid of stuff that was keeping my mind a complete mess.  I couldn’t even prioritize what I needed to work on first.  I spend one hour cleaning out and booked an appointment with GOT JUNK.  The minute they drove off I could breathe again.  The guys were great and both artists in their own right too.  Apparently GOT JUNK sites have a lot of materials, metal, wood and other things to scavenged.  I gave lots of things away and unearthed a few items I unfortunately would’ve purchased again because I didn’t know where they were.  The clean out felt awesome.  These are not very good before and after photos, but I think you’ll get the idea.

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Yesterday, I got to the studio ready to work on my designs for STRUT and all 4 of my sewing machines didn’t work—broken belts, jammed up and one vintage and one, a 1950s SINGER I acquired I couldn’t figure out how to get the bobbin to thread even after I read and reread the manual.  Reading manuals is not one of my strengths. It’s like reading Japanese or Greek or writing code to me.  I called my sister to tell her that I actually had to laugh at the absurdity of having all machines fail on me when I was busy sewing. I was grateful that I could find the humor in the problem.  What else could I do, really?  What was the universe trying to tell me.  I then headed out to one of the most loved repair shops in northern Vermont…Smitty’s in Essex Junction, Vermonthttp://www.smittysews.com/

I was so grateful for the service.  SMITTY and his wife are truly Vermont Treasures.

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In an hour and half I had two of the machines in beautiful working order. I’m sewing leather and my sewing machines are taking a beating.  If anyone ever wonders what to get me for a gift, it’s leather needles.  As a bonus, I got to have tacos with my daughter, Willa while I waited.  There’s always a bonus, if we’re paying attention to everyday hardships if we dig deep.

 By 2pm I finally was able to get to work and nearly finish one of my pieces for the show.  I love to work with the tension of tough and soft materials.  I think the leather with the softness of the ecodyed silk from Elizabeth Bunsen is an interesting contrast…just like life.

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Sometimes things are hard and sometimes things are delicate and sometimes we just have to laugh at it all. 

Jeweler/Jane Frank’s work for STRUT

Check out the work of German trained, Master Goldsmith, Jane (Yanna) Frank.  Elizabeth Bunsen and my models will be wearing her work on the runway.  My request was for Jane was for her to create something prairie chic, bohemian and earthy and then total freedom.  Yes, she nailed it.  I love the quality of these pieces and the way they reference prairie grasses, nature and the palette we are working with.

It will be a pleasure to showcase these pieces with our clothes and accessories.

Beautiful work, Jane. Thank you.

You can see how well they fit in with what we’re working on…leather, ecodyed textiles and a print made from Elizabeth’s rust work on paper.  Oh, it’s fun to work with such talented creatives.

If you’re interested in taking jewelry classes at Jane’s very welcoming backyard WERKSTATT (workshop) or are in need of custom work or repairs, here’s the link: https://janefrankwerkstatt.wordpress.com/class-schedules-optionsclass-schedules/

Here is the link for more information about Jane, her work and other pieces for sale.http://www.janefrank.net/about.html

jane frank art hop jewelry

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Yesterday’s studio work for the fashion show.

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My designs are coming together for STRUT—Saturday evening, September 12th at 6:30 an 8:30. If you’re in the Burlington, Vermont area you need to get your tickets soon. These shows sell out pretty quickly.  Here’s the link: http://seaba.com/art-hop/strut/

I can see my whole collection now.

I love when the creative process starts to “click”…when it goes from conceptual to…HERE WE GO.  My inspiration is silent film stars meet bohemian modern and this image of Gloria Swanson is my muse.

After months of hunting for fabric, trim and pieces to alter—constant sketching and research—it’s time to look closely at the details of the collection that will make it “walk” really well down the runway.  Here are a few of the inspirations.  I tried to alter my palette to include more grey.  But, I keep coming back to these warmer tones.  I guess I shouldn’t fight it.

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On my radar this Sunday.

I wasn’t up for too much time in the heat today (close to 90 degrees on Cape Cod today). I did however want to straighten up our little shed and create a space where I could do some sewing this summer.  I’m working on a fashion show (STRUT, part of the South End Art Hop, Burlington, Vermont September 11th-12th) and I wanted some of my inspirations to be visible.  I wanted the space to feel like the dressing room of a silent film star…elegant, a fainting couch, a chandelier perhaps, velvet and silk and very sensual. However, it’s challenging with the fridge, boogie boards, beach chairs and tools.  I did the best I could today.  I’m satisfied with the improvement and out of the heat now.

The clipping is from Paul Theroux, a travel writer who lives in Cape Cod. He’s speaking in Provincetown, Mass this Thursday evening.  I don’t think I’ll pull off getting to see him, but I really liked his answer to:

What one thing does every educated person need to know?

“That mankind is an invasive species on a fragile planet.”  Indeed.

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Sunset on the deck.

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I made an easy pizza dough with beer (I used a can of Miller Lite).  Quick rise yeast. One half a can of beer. Sugar to activate yeast. Two cups of flour and a pinch of salt.  I let it raise for a few hours and once again before I put it in the oven. It was the best, crispiest dough I’ve ever made.

“jumping through hoops” at REVOLUTION KITCHEN

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My new work is up in Burlington’s downtown vegetarian restaurant…trust me folks you won’t miss having meat options.  The food is amazing!  If you get a chance please go check out my FREAK SHOW—be sure and tell the staff you’re a friend of mine (and tip them handsomely).

http://revolutionkitchen.com/

The dress that is hanging with “jumping through hoops” was created by Maggie Pace and I for the ART HOP FASHION SHOW, STRUT in 2012.  It started out as wedding dress from Goodwill and ended up like this.  Maggie did some crazy stitch work with objects we found around the studio.  In the 11th hour leading up to the fashion show it wasn’t quite runway ready and my friend from Minneapolis, Marita Meinerts did some stitch work too.  I think it looks cool with stripey tights on this new girl.  She is going places!

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I will be changing this show while it is up and swapping pieces out

Preparing for STRUT/Art Hop

Lillibridge, BW bag, playing with texture

I am getting ready for STRUT-the Art Hop fashion show in Burlington, VT with friends and fellow designers Jen Francois and Maggie Pace. I am not ready to make the accessories needed for the show until we see all of the looks, color, scale, fabric texture and model proportions. So, for now I am contentedly playing with texture on the numerous drop cloths I have kicking around. Here’s one of my creations.

http://seaba.com/art-hop/ Tickets on sale now for the fashion show.