Tuesday, October 12, 2010

joanna newsom

I recently discovered Joanna Newsom's work and I can't stop listening to her.

Peach Pear Plum makes me catch my breath.

Her hands are so beautiful and mesmerizing.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

where we laughed

I made a note to myself about Jan von Holleben's work in my sketchbook a few months ago, and then I filled page after page, moving forward, moving on.

When I looked backwards I came across my note again.

Lately I've found myself in a period of nostalgia and loss and so it seems especially appropriate to stumble upon a body of work called "where we laughed".


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

my creative space

I've been slowly working my way back into the studio since I've renewed my commitment to a 9-5 workday. It feels like it's been eons since I've cranked up the wax pot. I didn't realize how much I missed it!

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I've finally gotten some work done on my newest Swanson Stripe yardage.

 Swanson Stripe
3-color hand dyed batik with bleach discharge 
100% cotton

This is the shot of the last batch. This time, I've played with the brushes and coloring a little bit, and I think the result will be excellent.

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I've spent some time working on my triptych too, so I took a few progress shots of the pieces on my waxing table. The yellow areas are where I've painted with Presist. Next, I'll use a thickened dye solution on top of the Presisted areas. Hopefully, this will give me a good base to start working back in with some drawn lines / stitching / applique / knots.

I'm excited to see what comes next. It's nice to have taken some time with these pieces instead of feeling like I had to finish them in a hurry. Deadlines are good and I love them, but sometimes I think it's best to be a little counterintuitive (for me) and let my mind wander a bit.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

deborah bowness wallpaper

I have become smitten with the work of Deborah Bowness.

{swoon!} hand printed filing cabinet wallpaper makes me weak in the knees.

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via alamodestuff 

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

tea towel love

It's been a busy week here, and there have been a few changes. I've been fortunate to find myself some gainful employment. While I love growing my business, I really, REALLY love a steady paycheck and benefits.

I don't think much is going to change with 5 o'clock crows. I've done most of my production work on the weekends for a while now, and I'll keep dong the arts market and blogging a few times a week. I need to get myself in gear for the holidays, and I'm looking forward to making some changes in January. In the meantime, a steady source of income means I don't feel so frantic and scrambly, and also that I can afford to be a little more selective about everything from participating in markets to developing my product line. Focus is good!

I was thrilled to be featured a few times during my first week back to full-time work. Perhaps a little lightpost from the universe that everything is smooth sailing.

My Hex tea towel in the Peacock colorway was used to style these photos of Quick and Easy Sesame Noodles on GoodLife {eats}, Katie Goodman's delicious (and gorgeous!) food blog.

Katie also used the Hex/Peacock tea towel to style this article about baking bacon on Craftzine.

My Flamingo/Trellis tea towel was featured in Lindsay's antitreasury on shrimp salad circus.

And last but not least, my Butter/Trellis tea towel was featured in a shades of butter yellow feature on Crafty Dream.

Thanks, ladies! You made my week!!!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

my creative space

I've been moaning and groaning about my art block for a while now, so a friend challenged me to make a triptych, one panel for each complete decade of my life. I've had a few weeks to work on it, and it's supposed to be finished tomorrow (yikes- cross your fingers!). I keep trying to procrastinate by over-complicating things, but I'm doing my best to behave myself and stick to the deadline.

These appliques have evolved from the pattern drawings I posted about last week. I'd been thinking about pattern on pattern, and my experimental bleach discharge fabric seemed like the perfect choice.

After looking at these shapes for a while, I'm starting to see them as ladders, or spines, or maybe microscopic forms. Nothing is sewn or fused, but I'm pretty excited to see how these turn out. I have lots of ideas, and I wonder what will make it onto the fabric.

Don't forget to take a look at what's going on in other creative spaces today.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

brad miller's bubble shadows

I love Brad Miller's Bubble Shadow prints from Anderson Ranch Editions.

10" x 12.5", Ultrachrome Pigment, 2006

10" x 12.5", Ultrachrome Pigment, 2006

10" x 12.5", Ultrachrome Pigment, 2006

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Monday, August 16, 2010

jamie hayon for lladro

I really love Jamie Hayon's Fantasy Collection for Lladro. How perfect! Who couldn't use a bit of fantasy on a Monday afternoon.

I love the figurative work, but Light Blue Cactus is my current favorite. 

What do you think?

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

i'm beside myself!

I was going to post my monthly goals today (late, as usual), but I can't let another day go by without mentioning the two wonderful things that happened this past Friday.

hand dyed batik on 100% linen : 16" x 24"

First, there was a great blurb (with a picture!) about 5 o'clock crows on Avenue Rouge, a site about Baton Rouge. The blurb will be up until this Friday, so if you want to read it, head on over to Avenue Rouge and scroll down to the Home & Garden section. yay!

hand dyed batik on linen/cotton blend : 19" x 19"

Later in the day, I found out that my napkins were included in Scoutie Girls's Zoomed Local feature on Baton Rouge.

How cool is that ?!?

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Monday, August 9, 2010

alexander calder's circus

Have you ever seen Alexander Calder's Circus? I saw it in college, and I remember feeling like my head had opened up. Art suddenly became so much more than something serious that you looked at in books and on the walls of museums and became something to engage with and to enjoy.

What do you think?

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

my creative space

I've been playing with my pattern drawings since I posted the latest one last week. I love making multiples, so I decided to cut a few out of scraps of printmaking paper I had around the studio. I'm not exactly sure where I'm going from here, but I'm OK with taking things one thing at a time instead of feeling like I need to have everything figured out from the start. 

At the moment I'm thinking I might do some applique based on the pattern shapes. I want to incorporate the pink experimental discharged batik fabric that's in the photo in some way or another, but I'm not sure whether it will be as the base fabric or the applique fabric, or maybe both. I might even get crazy and play with some raw edges, who knows?

I really like the shadows from these cutouts too, which gives me a few other ideas.

ETA: oops, I can't believe I forgot to post the link to the other creative spaces yesterday. Sorry! 

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Friday, July 30, 2010

newest pattern sketch

I've mentioned before how I've had a bit of a block about Making Art (that should be said with a booming and intimidating voice) and how my sketchbook is full of ideas that, for whatever reason, don't seem to leave my sketchbook. I've come to the conclusion that part of my problem is that I'm beating myself up so much over what I'm not doing that I'm not seeing the great things that I have been doing. Like the pattern sketches.

I posted this one a couple of weeks ago. Here's another:

image: s.h.h.

I have a bit of a love-hate relationships with pattern and design. I really love playing with pattern but I beat myself up over not making more conceptual work. I have some thoughts floating around about how maybe the pattern is the concept, and that meaning can grow from there, but at this point I think it's important to keep moving forward. Ultimately, if playing with pattern is where things are, then that's a great place to be.

What do you do when you know you're getting in your own way?

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

coming soon!

I've been working on getting my new dinner napkins photographed and available in the shop.

I'm having a hard time deciding on my favorite.

I love them in candy apple / trellis...

dinner napkins : candy apple / trellis
hand dyed batik on linen/cotton blend : 19" x 19

And bottle / chevalet too...

dinner napkins : bottle / chevalet
hand dyed batik on linen/cotton blend : 19" x 19"

What do you think?

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

my creative space

I sewed up this quilt top months ago. I kind of didn't like it, kind of wasn't feeling it... the whole thing was kind of meh, so I threw it in my "to sew" basket and promptly forgot about it. After not looking at it for a while, I found it again and changed my mind. Here it is all layered, basted, and ready to be quilted - horray!

5 o'clock crows hand dyed batik on 100% cotton sateen
quilt dimensions: approximately 64" x 90"

Lately my studio emphasis has shifted from making tons of new work to finishing up what's already been started, so I'm rediscovering all sorts of old work I thought I didn't like. With a few notable exceptions, I don't see what was so bad about it in the first place. Isn't that always the way?

Don't forget to peek in on some of the other creative spaces today!
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

botanical prints

I've loved botanical prints for as long as I can remember.

Irises are my favorites. These are especially gorgeous!


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Monday, July 19, 2010


I've been playing in my sketchbook a lot lately, and things are starting to take some shape. I think I might be coming to the end of my "Art-block". Horray!!!

I imagine this as a "filled plane", layers of different things that fill all available space. The filled or filling plane has been one of my themes for years now, and here it is, popping up again.

I think there's a lot of room to play with batik and applique here. I really want to use bleach discharge. And maybe I can finally use some of the dyed silk chiffon I've had lying around and play with some transparency too. Would embroidery be gilding the lily?

I can't wait to get started!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

my creative space

I've been spending loads of time on the computer this week. So my creative space has changed from my worktable to this:

I'm really looking forward to getting back into the studio next week.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


{ When I was cleaning out my image files, I found this picture of some of my flags that I took at one of the holiday markets last year. I love how it's like a suspended stack.  }

Monday, July 12, 2010

new tea towels : trellis

Last week, I posted some of my new colors in my Chevalet pattern. Here are some new tea towels in Trellis.


I love the Marmalade, but I do wish I'd dyed some linen in Candy Apple. I think the red and white would be striking in Trellis. It's on my to-dye list for the next batch, for sure.

What color combinations would you like to see?

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

thursday : my creative space

I love peeking at other people's studios and workspaces, so as you can imagine, I was over the moon when I discovered My Creative Space at kootoyoo.

This is the first Thursday that I'm playing along.  I've missed the deadline the last few weeks, so I'm super-excited!

Here's my work table this week.

This is a small part of my table, but it's a pretty representative shot. I try to make sure I clean up at the end of the day so that I can walk into a nice clean inviting table in the morning, but within 15 minutes of my arrival, it's usually covered with all kinds of fabric and other 5occ stuff.

I've been working on taking pictures of all of my fabrics so that I can get my shop up to date, as well as my comprehensive color and pattern catalog. When I took this shot, I'd sorted a selection of fat quarters and then unwrapped a few of them so I could press out the package fold lines for the top-down pattern shots.

What is your creative space like? Do you like it messy, are you super-organized, or somewhere in between?

Don't forget to peek in on some of the other artists who are playing along this week!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

a few new tea towels : chevalet

Over the last few weeks, I've been busy making up some tea towels in new colors, and even a new pattern!

These are a few of the newest Chevalet towels.Which do you like best?

plumeria (very pale lavender under peony pink)

lemongrass (light and summery yellow-green and white)

 cantaloupe (light coral and white)

marmalade (tone-on-tone terracotta orange)

candy apple (fire-engine red and white)

aubergine (grapey purple underneath deep eggplant)

I'm pretty smitten with Candy Apple because it's my perfect red. I've been hunting for that particular shade for a long, long time. horray!
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