Friday, January 30, 2009

Selvedge (UK)

I gave in, I bought a subscription to Selvedge! I found out about this amazing magazine one day while looking for a "real" fiber magazine at my local Borders book store. One thing I do have to admit is, the subscription is not cheap but it's so well worth every penny. Here is a perfect description of what type of magazine Selvedge is, this one comes from the editor of Selvedge:
"Open a copy of Selvedge and you sense there is a philosophy that Selvedge readers subscribe to. A belief system based on a cerebral and sensual addiction to textiles in all forms. Readers share a belief in the importance of their material surroundings and a passion for the beautiful and beautifully made. Our aim is simple: to provide a textile publication which fits seamlessly into their creative lifestyle. Directed towards an international, discerning audience, Selvedge covers fine textiles in every context: fine art, interiors, fashion, travel and shopping."
As an art director for many years and working part of that time in editorial, I have to say this magazine has excellent art direction. The photography is beautiful and the magazine has a consistent look from issue to issue. For you folks that enjoy beautiful things check out their website here, you just might fall in love as I did. I posted some pages so you can have a peek of all the lovely eye candy, yummmm.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My studio away from my studio

My darling husband has made me the most perfect table, so I can work from home during the week when I arrive from my "day job". He will probably be upset that I didn't include (in the photo) the beautiful craftsmanship of the legs and the foot rest bar he designed for my lazy legs to rest on. But you can check out his site and get a closer look. I asked him to put a simpler top on the table top, because the one he made for me was way to beautiful and I was afraid I would damage it. For those of you who know me you all know how accident prone I am. The other photo is a shot of the beginning stages of my next project. I love having Frieda Kahlo looking over me as I work. Great energy! Great Artist! Great woman! And an amazing inspiration!

Keep Buzzy!

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hemp Roots from Nepal Necklace

I finished the necklace!!!! I have combined aluminum cylinders, hemp yarn, recycled silk yarn from Nepal and hand dyed red wool. I drilled holes into the aluminum in order to be able to crochet and stitch through the metal and make the metal look like the "roots" have grown around the metal. I had so much fun making this piece it evolved so many times. It was as if the piece was guiding me to where I should take it. The "roots" are quiet stiff and stay erect.
Now on to my next project... I don't know yet which idea I will me pursuing next, but that's half the fun.

Keep Buzzy! 

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Front page of Etsy!!!

I finally saw one of my pieces on the front page of Etsy, can you see me? HINT: top row, second image. I really don't know how long it stays up before the items get changed , but I enjoyed the moment. All the items are related to felt and the color blue. Paul commented that it was 7:30 a.m. so who would be viewing the page so early. I comfort myself in knowing that Etsy is an international site, and I have gotten emails from England and other far away places.

Keep Buzzy! 

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone! I have been working on a necklace which I will finish and post this weekend... if I say it maybe it will happen. Mean while here is a skirt and a bag I quickly made, because the necklace was getting a bit too intense. The skirt is all recycled, the jeans where donated to me by my lovely husband. I sewed a vintage crochet piece to the front and the zodiac signs came from a 1950's vintage calender which was originally used as a kitchen cloth, but in pristine condition. The hem is another vintage crocheted piece that was given to me by.... can't remember who. So many people have given me such wonderful stuff, if your one of them that sees your donation being used in these photos I hope you are pleased.

The bag started as a burlap coffee sack. I had the burlap for the longest time and wanted to make a bag. My mother in law gave me a bag full of sample knitting pieces that had newspaper and magazine articles attached to the small samples with detail pattern instructions. Like I have said before I don't like following patterns. The articles dated as far back as the 1950 and 60s. I added some stiffer fabric, embroidered and lined it and here it is. It's the perfect size for my daily train ride and I'm thinking I might not want sell this one.

Keep Buzzy!

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