Tuesday, November 24, 2009

yikes!

Wow- how quickly things get away from me! For some reason, computer work is always the first thing to suffer when I get busy in other areas.

The holidays are upon us, and from what I've been reading, there is a great opportunity for my sales to rise substantially during the month of December. Unfortunately for me, I did not prepare for this in advance. So last week, I issued myself the 50-yard challenge...at the exact moment when 50 yards of pristine white fabric appeared on my doorstep. The challenge was to see how much of the 50 yards could be gotten through in what timeframe, since I have 6 markets coming up between now and December 21. I have a good amount of inventory, but I figure, I can't sell what I haven't made, so I've been busy trying to produce as much as possible at a pace that doesn't make me (too) crazy.


The 50-yard pile, scoured and ready to go.

My studio looks like some sort of textile hurricane recently tore through, which I think is great. I've run out of a few key chemicals, which is not so great, although it does give me the opportunity to take pictures of everything I've done up to this point, and work on my etsy and 1000 Markets shops, which is definitely great, so that equals out.

An unfortunate side effect of all this is that my brain has decided that quitting time is now at its discretion, and not mine. This is fine for things like pressing and sewing, which I don't have to think about too much. But writing...not so much. To make up for it, here are a few more pictures of what's been going on lately.



Boiling the fabric to remove the wax.
I've been thinking a lot about Eskimos while I boil lately, and all of their words for "snow". So, this is the first stage or "flake wax", which seems to be a winter phenomenon. I think that the surface of the water is significantly colder than the rest of the water so that the wax liquefies and comes out of the fabric, and when it floats to the surface it hardens again because of the cold air/surface temps. 
(yes, me = total dork.)



 
tiny scrap everywhere from mitered napkin corners






Thursday, November 12, 2009

* and art: Nina Katchadourian

I discovered the work of Nina Katchadourian while I was doing some research for my Liza Lou post.

I'm especially loving her Mended Spiderweb series from Uninvited Collaborations with Nature. For this project, Katchadourian mended broken spiderwebs using red sewing thread and tweezers. She worked on the webs until they were fully patched or could no longer sustain the weight of the repairs. Katchadourian notes that she often inadvertently caused further damage during the repair process with her tweezers or her hand.

What I find especially interesting is that the morning after even the most derelict-seeming of webs was repaired, the red thread would be in a pile on the ground, the spider having thrown it out and re-repaired the web in its own way.



Nina Katchadourian
Mended Spiderweb #19 (Laundry Line)
Cibachrome, 30 x 20 inches, 1998



 
Nina Katchadourian
Mended Spiderweb #14 (Spoon Patch)
Cibachrome, 20 x 30 inches, 1998



 
Nina Katchadourian
Mended Spiderweb #8 (Fish Patch)
Cibachrome, 20 x 20 inches, 1998



 
Nina Katchadourian
Marketing Tips for Spiders
Cibachrome, 30 x 20 inches, 1998



 
Nina Katchadourian
Do It Yourself Spiderweb Repair Kit
plastic box with foam and thread, tweezers, scissors and glue, 1998


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

3- for - Tuesday: Candy Jernigan

I discovered the work of Candy Jernigan a few years ago when I came across Evidence, the book about her work. This was the first time I'd seen someone else that obsessively collected things as a way of documenting her life. Not only that, but the finished pieces are interesting, thought provoking, and visually stimulating. All of a sudden, my collection of seemingly useless detritus seemed more legitimate.





I love so many of Jernigan's pieces, it was hard to pick just three. For more detail, click on the images.




Candy Jernigan
The New York Collections: Blood of a Vagrant, 4.13.86
(left side)




Candy Jernigan
The New York Collections: Blood of a Vagrant, 4.13.86
(right side)



 

Candy Jernigan
Homage fo Freud: Two things tthat are pretty much the same thing, 1985







Candy Jernigan
New York City: 24 Cheez Doodles, 3.10.86





All images from: Dolphin, Laurie, ed. Evidence: The Art of Candy Jernigan. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1999.

Monday, November 9, 2009

binding woes no more!

Recently, I posted about how much I dislike the method I've been using for applying binding to my quilts. I've been casually trying to come up with a different way for a while, but never got very far with it, and to be honest, never put that much effort into it. But my dislike has been growing stronger and stronger, and I was at the point where I needed to make a concerted effort to come up with a solution.

As is so often the case, I was making things much more complicated than they needed to be, and the answer was right in front of me the whole time.

First, I thought hand sewing would be the answer. I machine stitched the binding to the front so that I could pull it around to the back side and hand sew it. For whatever reason, I have no trouble hand sewing paper. But fabric... not so much. This was not the solution for me.

I ripped out the stitches on the back, but before I took the machine stitches out of the front, it occurred to me that I could stitch on the front of the quilt in the ditch created by the binding itself. If I was careful, I figured the stitching should be invisible from the front, or might even subtly frame the quilt.

I left the corners alone while I stitched the sides. Then I flipped the quilt to the back side, arranged the corners, and basted them in place using a long stitch. Flipping the quilt again so that the front was facing up, I shortened the stitch length and sewed the corners in the ditch as I'd sewn the sides. Once all four corners were sewn, I ripped out the basting stitches.

I'm so happy with the results. There are a few small adjustments that I want to make, but overall, my bindng woes are over!

Friday, November 6, 2009

link love

Happy Friday! Just a quick post for today while I finish getting ready for the Arts Market tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous so I'm really looking forward to it!

Here are a great blog that I've been looking at this week. I found it a while ago and let it get buried in my Google Reader (ah, Google Reader, i love and hate you so). I'm so glad I found it again while I was working on getting organized.



I've been really inspired by Heather Smith Jones' blog, which is one of my favorite things about blogs; the bits of thought and inspiration that I take into my day. I love Heather's art and thoughts, and her writing and photography are excellent. And did I mention that she cooks and bakes! What more could you ask in a blog?

Enjoy! Happy weekend  : )


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Thursday, November 5, 2009

thanks! and a bit of random

First things first, 5 o'clock crows Watermelon Shibori Coasters were featured on Wednesday's Wish List yesterday. Thanks Audrey!!

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I've been getting new 5 o'clock crows work packaged and ready to go for the Arts Market this weekend. If you're in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday morning, stop by and say hi! : )




New patterns, new colors, dinner napkins, woohoo!




While I've been folding and wrapping, I've been OCD listening to this song on repeat. I'm completely addicted!





I'm pretty addicted to the video too. I love the unreality of it, the feeling that time is not moving at the usual rate. There's a sense of things not being exactly as they seem, and a Gatsby-ish feel to the whole thing. And the the costumes. And dancing in the fountain! yes!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

monthly goals

I can't believe another month has gone by already! Time to see how I did with last month's goals and set some new ones for November.



October Goals:
* display improvements for November market (underskirt, vertical display, styling)
this is going to be an ongoing thing, so I get to cross it off and it has to stay
* online/shop improvements :
    - continue with b2b suggestions,
    - weekly critiques
    - new photos (packaged shots, styling)
    - approach bloggers
I pretty much avoided the computer all month in favor of working in the studio, so I didn't get far with this one at all. grr....i'm not feeling the computer love lately.
* follow up on September contacts
done!
* develop 2 new contacts
mmm....not so done. I have some ideas, but nothing definite.
* add to deadline list - shows to enter, other opportunities (surrealism show)
Another ongoing goal. Once I can make habits out of these, they can move to another list. But for now, it's a cross-off plus remainder.
* new quilt set: "skew" (play with pattern direction (Farrow?))
nope
* new products: zip bags, throw pillows (Farrow plain, Farrow directional)
Did the zip bags...meh. I think they're not the direction I want to be moving in.
* new colors: teal, emerald, eggplant, peachy pink, pagoda
Horray for new colors!
* new batik pattern (horatio screen, fleur)
Horatio is done!
* Farrow spec quilt (lake/red, eggplant/?, teal/pagoda)
nope
* Farrow demo to KD (teal)
almost done...having binding woes. partial credit.
* write up 1st drafts of quilt patterns (eclipse, basketweave, hourglass, chevron + stripe)
I started this, and then realized this is more involved than I thought. So I need to break this down into some more manageable steps.

* nice quilt photos
* design stationery- (shipping suite, general correspondence)
* trifold brochure
* single page website
* business plan
nope, nope, nope, nope

I would say that I need to scale things back in November, but then I feel all panicky about not making much of a list. I'm going to keep things pretty much the same. I think the challenge this month will be in maintaining my focus and seeing how much I can accomplish. I do well in the beginning of the month, and then I try to cram as much as possible in at the end of the month. I need to concentrate more on the middle, and spreading things out more evenly.


November Goals:

* display improvements for December markets (underskirt, vertical display, styling)

* online/shop improvements :
    - continue with b2b suggestions,
    - weekly critiques
    - new photos (packaged shots, styling)
    - bloggers

* develop 2 new contacts

* business plan- FINISH IT!!! so close....it's so very close to being completely written and then I can edit it, which I actually enjoy, and then it will be DONE! I think that's a Christmas present to myself- not having to think about it any more.

* add to deadline list - shows to enter, other opportunities

* new quilt set: "skew" (play with pattern direction (farrow?))

* new products: throw pillows (Farrow plain, Farrow directional)

* new colors: emerald, cranberry

* new batik pattern (fleur, improve 2-color patterns (dvf ad))

* Farrow spec quilt (lake/red, eggplant/?, teal/pagoda)

* write up coaster patterns, make demos.

* nice quilt photos

* design stationery- (shipping suite, general correspondence)

* trifold brochure

* single page website

* conceptual work:
     -finish October piece (reckoning),
     -start new piece due end of December (excess?)

So, pretty much the same. Focus, focus, focus!


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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

3 - for - Tuesday: Angela Adams

I discovered Angela Adams' wonderful site on design*sponge a while back and fell in love with her work. I'm especially partial to rugs, and these are really wonderful.


 (I want to run my hands all over this rug in the worst way)


I especially love the movement and gestural quality to the patterns, and I always appreciate a feeling of playfulness.


  
Angela Adams
hand-tufted wool rug

 
 Angela Adams
hand-tufted wool rug






Angela Adams
hand-tufted wool rug
spike / pool 


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Monday, November 2, 2009

layers and layers

I've been pulling prints this weekend so that I can finish up a piece, which I'm pretty sure is going to become an artist's book.

 (I got up ridiculously early this morning. 
This picture was taken shortly after the sun came up. )

These prints are supposed to be waxed and folded down into envelopes, although I'm kind of liking them as they are now.


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