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:

Here is the link for more information about Jane, her work and other pieces for sale.

jane frank art hop jewelry





Finding Sidney

Last year at this time I purchased these photographs at REsource VT on Pine Street in Burlington, Vermont for $2.00 each.  Today I was cleaning out my desk and shelves and came across them again.  When I purchased theses images I was overcome with a certain amount of sadness because they had been discarded.  Thankfully they weren’t recycled.

I’ve personally had to get rid of some of my own paintings or children’s artwork before because I can’t keep everything. I know there are a million reasons why these ended up at REsource.  I’m really grateful that I stumbled upon them.

If anyone recognizes people in these photos or remembers being in a class with the photographer or any information really—please e-mail me. The first name is Sidney but I can’t make out the last name. I would love to know more.  This photographer has a remarkable sense of composition, light and emotion.  There’s a real bravery to this subject matter.

This photographer was willing to get intimate with their subjects.  For some reason it appears to me that they didn’t necessarily know the people they were shooting.  I’m not certain of that—it’s just my hunch.  I always admire that quality.  That willingness and risk can be really hard for me.  I love to shoot people, but I’m not very assertive in certain situations.  I’ve missed some great shots because of my hesitancy.  This photographer makes me feel braver and for that I’m grateful to you Sidney, whoever you are.

Please send me any information or even vague ideas about this photographs.

If you haven’t seen the documentary on NETFLIX “Finding Vivian Maier”.  It’s well worth your time.  It’s a great documentary. Vivian Maier had a really unique “eye” and her story is truly fascinating.

Here’s an excerpt of the film from the photo blog: PETAPIXEL by Michael Zhang.

“In case you haven’t been following the Vivian Maier saga, here’s a short summary: back in 2007, a 26-year-old real estate agent named John Maloof bought a box of 30,000 negatives from an estate sale for $400 (and later more photos that brought his collection to 100,000 images). Turns out it was the lifetime work of a then-unknown street photographer named Vivian Maier, whose eye for composition and brilliant shots captured the world’s attention.”












sometimes are everydays are more interesting than we think



I walked everywhere today and I love being so much more flexible on foot to explore than when I am driving.  NOT BIG NEWS I realize, but today what could’ve been a pretty ordinary day, running errands, meeting a friend for coffee, going to a meeting, dropping things off etc—turned into a pretty interesting visual experience.  It’s out there everywhere, we just have to be paying attention I guess.

1. Brick on Maple Street in the sun in Burlington, Vermont.

2. A cool sticker on a sign in front of Art’s Riot, SEABA (south end arts and business association) and Speeder and Earl’s coffee shop on Pine Street.

3. An abstract painting by artist Steve Sharon at Maglianero cafe. I bought this painting yesterday while Steve was hanging the show.  I stopped in to get a honey ginger latte (crazy good) with my daughter and was very drawn to the piece.  It has “pasture” in the title and it instantly connected me to my roots in South Dakota.  Go get a latte and check out Steve’s show. Cool work.  Nice guy.

4. A sculpture in front of The Space Gallery and Conant Metal and Light.
There wasn’t a sign about whose work this cat is.  If someone knows please let me know and post a comment so the work is properly attributed.

5. I just thought this flora was cool.  Bold.  Interesting.  This unknown flora is large tufts in groups. If anyone knows what it is please post a comment.  It’s tragic to be called, “unknown flora”.

Summer At Barge Canal Market

Red Yellow, Barge Canal PIne Street, Burlington, Vermont, Lillibridge, Dakota 1966

Barge Canal, Pine STreet, Lillibridge, Dakota 1966, Burlington, Vermont

I saw these gorgeous summer chairs outside the Barge Canal Market on Pine Street in Burlington in the rain. They sure have a personality of their own, don’t they? The colors are fabulous. It sure feels like summer here in tropical Burlington, Vermont. You need your windshield wipers even when it isn’t raining here there is so much moisture in the air.

Episodic Hump of Blues

Lisa Lillibridge, Dakota 1966, Drop Cloth design, leather, vermont


My family is gone and I have my days to myself now. There is a lot of work that needs to be done at home so off to the studio I go. When I arrived this morning I just fell in love (again) with my old drop cloths. No wonder I’ve kept them all—I am more than a little obsessive about them. They are LIFE to me—colorful, messy, threadbare and occasionally they have very interesting doodles or sayings or phone numbers on them. I made a bag out of this piece of drop cloth. I just couldn’t resist. I sort of remember writing this down and I guess it explains those days that we aren’t feeling awful we’re just having an…