Thursday, January 28, 2010

michelle griffiths shibori

The other day, I came across the incredible shibori work of Michelle Griffiths.

Michelle Griffiths
Cross Pollination (installation shot)

Michelle Griffiths
Cross Pollination (detail)

Michelle Griffiths
Endogenous I

 Michelle Griffiths
Endogenous III (detail)

Michelle Griffiths
Endogenous VI

So gorgeous! I wish I could see it in person. 

To see more of Michelle's work, visit her website

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Monday, January 25, 2010


I'm not sure where I first came across Makeunder My Life, but I've been reading it for a while now, and trying to play along with the end of the week exfoliations (although, to be honest, mine have been having a problem actually getting out of the house... something to shoot for...)

I've been taking a long, hard look at my yarn stash, and I've decided that since I
a.) live in Louisiana where the wool season is about 2 weeks long,
b.) am too busy to do much of anything even related to leisure activities lately,
and c.) can't concentrate on something from one night to the next,
that I need to do some destashing.

I'm having a bit of seperation anxiety, but I hate to see good yarn sit lonely and unloved on my shelves.

Today, I have for you some lovely Atacama 100% alpaca yarn, hand dyed in chile. 50 grams (110 yards) each skein, color 509, 10 skeins (full bag). This yarn is really lovely, but it's so sad sitting on my shelf, and I'd like it to have a happy home where it will be used and loved.

The MSRP on this yarn was $7.95, and while I was looking for some images, I saw it for sale for $6.25 - $6.75. I'm offering it as a destash special for $40.00 for the bag (that's $4.00/skein), plus $5.00 for shipping ($45 total). If you're interested, shoot me an email at

Friday, January 22, 2010

Evan B. Harris

I came across the work of Evan B. Harris on Sacrebleu!! and I have to say I'm more than a bit smitten.

salt & sea piano keys

garden grows piano keys

bird in the bee's hive

barnacles & butterflies

regiment of the hive

fox & innards


winter wolves breath

Do yourself a favor and check out Evan's website and Flickr photostream. 

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

valentine's fabric

I posted on my goals list that I was going to make some fabric especially for Valentine's Day.

 5 o'clock crows
2-color batik on linen/cotton

This is the 2-color version, hanging on the line after boiling it out. There's a pink and white 1-color version too. 

 5 o'clock crows
2-color batik on linen/cotton 

I'm pretty pleased with this pattern. I've been wanting to start making more complex patterns and I'd figured that I'd need to use multiple different elements to do it, but never quite put it all together, until now. I can't wait to get this sewn up into some napkins, tea towels, and placemats.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

john robshaw

I've been admiring John Robshaw's textiles for quite a while, and I was thrilled to see him in the latest issue of House Beautiful (my new favorite design magazine, since the sad, sad demise of domino, and since I haven't been able to justify the expense of subscribing to the Australian design mags that I've been stalking online). I love their "Why I Love My Bed" feature, and Mr. Robshaw didn't disappoint.

image from House Beautiful
(I'm pretty in love with that green on the walls and I'm now scheming how I can recreate it in dye)

I couldn't resist including this image of an artisan block printing fabric from the welcome page

**(all images from John Robshaw Textiles unless otherwise noted**

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Monday, January 18, 2010

design your own wallpaper, omg!!!

A while ago, I discovered this cool site, Alluminaire, while I was reading rikrak studio, but I didn't stop to play too much since I was ostensibly trying to "be productive".

Now that today is a "day off" (um, what's that...haha), I figure I can enjoy myself a little bit and dream about amazing wallpaper, which, I may have mentioned, I am obsessed with.

um, yeah. I know what I'm doing for the rest of the day. Let's just call it "R & D". : )

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fest For All!

Yesterday, I was thrilled to learn that 5 o'clock crows has been accepted to the 2010 FestForAll, a Baton Rouge tradition since 1973. Held every year  in downtown Baton Rouge, it has a distinguished 30+ year history as one of Louisiana's finest art and music festivals.

 Mark your calendars!  FestForAll will be held May 1 - 2 this year; it's free and open to everyone. Art and craft, live music, and tons of delicious food - sounds like a fantastic weekend to me!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

a new month, new goals

I know it's a little late, but better late than never to get back into the swing of things. December was crazy busy with holiday markets and my goal was pretty much to get through it all. (and now I'll cross it off, since I didn't do that earlier). Now that I have some time to catch my breath, it's time to focus on where I want to go with what's left of this month.

I'm trying to simplify a bit, and as I've been thinking about this post and what my goals will be, I've realized that there are really only a few things I want to accomplish. There are a number of smaller goals within each larger one, but this seems so much more manageable than the huge lists I usually come up with. (maybe simplifying is my new year's resolution?)

January Goals

1. Hold sales consistent from last month.
I've watched my sales increase from month to month since I started doing markets and really working on getting my work out into the world. In December, I did three times as many markets as usual and I saw my sales triple from November. So the big challenge this month is to keep that figure consistent without all the markets and the holiday hullabaloo. The good news is that I'm already almost 1/3 of the way there. I have one market at the end of the month and I might be able to do another 1/3 there. I'll still need to make up the last 1/3, which is where goals 2, 3, and 4 come in.

2. Get the online shops going in a serious way.
Take photos of all products in stock and post them to both 1000 Markets and Etsy. Follow through with marketing and promotion.

3. Wholesale!
This has been hanging out on my list for a while. I was very fortunate to meet an interior designer here in town who is helping me focus myself a bit and giving me some suggestions as to how to approach this both for designers and retail shops. As it turns out, I've been making things much more complicated than they need to be. (Surprise, surprise! I'm starting to wonder if this is really a complicated way to procrastinate?).

     In order to do this I need to:
     1. design one more base pattern and rework trellis stripe to be a 2-color pattern. (hex and dismas are ready to go)
     2. rework my swatch book to show only base patterns, in all available colors and fabrics
     3. full-size samples of all the products that I offer: dinner napkins, cocktail napkins, linen tea towels, placemats, quilts... also shower curtains, window curtain panels, throw pillows... am I missing anything?
(ETA- yep, forgot table cloths and table runners)
     4. line sheet
     5. make sure my pricing is accurate
     6. spiffy presentation
     7. photos

4. Approach the four BR stores on my list

5. Valentine's Day
I've designed a few patterns (special thanks to the saturn dealership for the 7 hours I spent in their waiting room last week, during which time I got lots of designing done, yeah!)

6. Replenish inventory
Between sales and trades last month, all I can say is, "oof!".

Now I just need to get down to it, stay focused, and make it happen!

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