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How IS It Made?? The Print Process of Artisan Made Fabrics

The Artisan. The Art.
According to Wikipedia: "An Artisan (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative, for example furniture, decorative arts, sculptures, clothing, jewellery, food items, household items. Artisans practice a craft and may, through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist. They were also the dominant producers of consumer products prior to the Industrial Revolution."Read more

"Every 'next level' will demand a different version of you"

'Taking it to the next level' ... it wasn't quite the intention, but has become front and center theme this year. 2016 has not been particularly a stellar year so far, but amongst the challenges it has most certainly been enlightening and reflective. Many big changes have been set into motion over the past 8 months which are slowly...(and finally) beginning to take shape. With big changes come big questions and big decisions. A reinvention of sorts, taking charge and redefining how this should all to play out.Read more

Making The Old, New - A Mid-Century Modern DIY

A simple upholstery project can change the world when it comes to an old piece of furniture or refreshing a dull interior space. Additionally, it can be quite inspiring and gratifying to work on unique pieces, bringing them back to life as they tell their story.

One of the perks of living in a small town are the small businesses and getting to know the owners a little better than you would in a bigger city. One of my favorite places it visit is 'Not Bob's Antiques' on Lower Street, down town Spruce Pine. It has become a regular haunt of mine for interesting finds to use in photo shoots and for re-upholstery projects. 
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Lessons From Bowie - Looking At An Artist, As An Artist

Bowie. Say no more. I know. There has been a huge shift in The Universe since news broke about his passing a week ago. It has been incredible to repeatedly read just how Bowie touched so many souls, through out so many generations. I don't mean to be redundant here by even choosing this as a blog topic or being utterly unoriginal at this time. I know I can't say anything that hasn't been said or felt. But one of the key things I have taken away from this very sad event is looking at Bowie's body of work as a whole. Now. Today. As an adult artist, looking at and truly appreciating a master.Read more

Behind The Scenes, To Centre Stage - And Finding The Right Photographer

Jesseca Belemere's photos (mostly) all women, are nothing less than stunning. Every single one of them. This gorgeous gal has a true gift for diving deep and finding beauty in the women who work with her. Ladies of all walks of life, sizes, shapes, stages of life.... and stages of dress. Did I mention she is a beauty and boudoir photographer? I know. I absolutely loved that too!Read more

Screen Print - More Than Warhol & T-Shirts

Screen Printing and being the Chosen One. I was recently asked how it was I came to print. It was an interesting question, though one I had not given much thought outside of getting from point A to point B: pattern to fabric. It was never an aspiration of mine to get into printing, but rather a necessity of solving a design problem. In the beginning of this journey to creating fabric, the plan was to license my work to large companies and I had designs that needed to be applied to some sort of product for presentation. As a result, the screen printing option more or less chose me. It would lend itself nicely to the bold but lyrical geometric patterns I create and be an easier medium to learn as I already had basic knowledge of it from school. It truly was a means to and end. I had A LOT of work to do and screen printing was an accessible way to get the job done. Things often evolve out of a need. However, when you are self taught, you have the freedom to break the rules because you don't know the rules....but there are holes to be filled. Screen printing has a rather long history, and one that goes far beyond printed t-shirts and Andy Warhol. Actually it goes far beyond what I can include in the blog but here are a few of the high lights.Read more

The Red Thread

As Asian legend tells it, the Red Thread refers to a tale about the gods tying an invisible red cord around the ankles (or little finger) of those that are destined to meet one another.  I think that idea is on to something as time and again I have watched people (including myself!) cross paths to share an understanding, a story, information, to learn something new, or to assist in some way. Sometimes it is for a brief moment, sometimes it is for life. Somehow, there is a method to that madness.Read more

Welcome!

Thank you for joining me on this journey! 

Through out history, and in every culture around the globe, one of the things that remains consistent is our need to adorn. We adorn our living spaces, in-doors and out. We adorn our garments, sacred spaces, and even ourselves. It is a form of documentation, expression and visual communication. It is the Universal story telling thread that unites us all though textiles, art, craft, design, photography and travel.

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How To Be A MacGyver-Like-Bad-Ass: 10 Tips On Fabric Care

In the 15 years I was as a costumer in show business, I learned a thing or two about caring for, repairing and prolonging the life of a garment or fabric. Since costume folk are required to be the MacGyver-like-bad-ass on the front line of filming or back stage, I decided to share a few of the tips and tricks I usually carried up my sleeve. Or back pocket. Or apron. Or bib overall pocket. Or set bag...... 

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Does Anyone Ever Really Arrive? And What Is A Strike-Off Anyway??

Holding patterns. At times, nothing can be more frustrating. Exciting. Boring. Irritating. Combating that feeling of complacency, counter productivity and not being proactive. Anticipation. Give-it-up-it's-out-of-your-control process. Teetering on the unknown. Step-back-and-let-the-Universe-work-its-magic. And...are we there yet?

As many of you might know, I am in the final stages of the design process before my work fully goes into production. It is my first 'big girl' collection which I have been pushing to the next level. Printed by the professionals, designed by me.

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