Saturday, April 18, 2009
The Muskoka Arts & Crafts 47th Annual Summer Show is a great three-day arts festival, on the riverfront at Annie Williams Memorial Park in Bracebridge, Ontario. This year's show dates are July 17 - 19, and will host 200 Canadian artisans and their work (including mine and my friend Arlene's, from Sewlutions by AMO (www.sewlutionsbyamo.etsy.com).
Photos of our work have made it onto the official show website! Take a peek, here:
The Muskoka region is the Ontario equivalent of New York's Hamptons -- all of the Who's Who of Toronto will escape the sticky summer weather and retreat to their palatial waterfront homes, spread along the shores of the region's three pristine lakes: Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Joseph. Here's a photo of a boathouse from the area, that won a Governor-General's Award for Architecture. Wow!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Once the style lines were (finally!) determined, I stitched bias-cut binding along each edge, as seen here on one sleeve. The bias is trimmed, turned under, and edge stitched for a clean finish.
Each piece of the dress -- front, back, and both sleeves -- will get the same bias treatment before the garment is stitched together. It's not finished yet, but you can start to see the big picture!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Textiles and surface design pieces can fall into either camp. I have the fun, sassy pieces listed on Etsy...
... and the more serious, "status" silks are made-to-order for my clientele.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I love the mix of sturdy leather and mannish messenger style, alongside the more delicate elements like the vintage cameo and a feminine ruffle of Italian leather. I hope the new owner in Istanbul will enjoy it as much as I did creating it!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
A big thank you to my teammates on that blog, it's great to be a part of the Etsy Leather Team (officially, the Association of Workers in Leather, hence the AWL name as well as wordplay for one of the more common tools of the leather trade). They're a talented bunch of artisans from all four corners of the globe, and we all work with leather in some form, shape or another.
In our team forums, we discuss leather techniques, ask questions, share our frustrations and our joys as well -- we've even swapped leather from one studio to the next, as one artisan's overstock of mushroom-colored suede becomes another artisan's dream project.
If you haven't shopped on Etsy before, now is the time to start. It's an online marketplace for everything handmade, handcrafted, and handsome... you'll love it!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This is my new leather hole punch, along with some of the zillions of "holes" from making leather eyelets in the new jacket. Each panel of the jacket will be entirely punched by hand, creating a feminine, lacy effect in the leather.
The silk charmeuse lining will be a gorgeous lavender shade, just one tone lighter than the plum leather -- you can see here how the leather was originally embossed to look like ostrich. I'm scattering my eyelets in triangular-shaped groups of three, a nice odd number. (Ever notice how jackets always have either three, five, or seven buttons? There is a DaVinci code for fashion too!)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Today, I began my blog. My audience is few -- alright, only my cats -- but I hope they enjoy it nonetheless. Stop looking out the window, boys, the good stuff's right here.
I completed a new handbag design yesterday, the Solaris. I'd received a shipment of new hardware, including some jumbo gold rings that definitely looked a lot smaller in the catalog than spilled across my lap.
Let me just say, I love hardware... and hardware stores. I'm a sucker for things that clip and clink, that click shut and snap open again. When I was a kid, I used to design earrings from bits of circuit boards and multicolored telephone wires -- none of which clicked or clamped, which would probably explain why I gave up on them so quickly. Little did I know that I just hadn't found the right medium yet.
These jumbo gold rings were begging to be... well, clipped to something, and gold-studded straps became the answer. My original inspiration was a retro brass sunburst mirror, mixed with a dash of "Gladiator" thanks to Jack Whyte's Roman-to-Arthurian-Camelot history series ("A Dream of Eagles") which I've been re-reading lately. Salve, puella!