tidbits

Some exiting news have come my way lately. Two of my pieces, forest floor and sumac study, were accepted to the World of Threads Festival exhibit, De rerum nature, in Oakville, Ontario this fall. I am still waiting for more details about the event and the other participants, but I am thrilled to be part of this exciting international exhibition. World of Threads also published an interview with me this past week. I am grateful for the chance to showcase my work and discuss my thoughts and ideas in this wonderful forum.


Next month I will have an exhibit of small works at C'ville Coffee, a local coffee shop here in Charlottesville. My sunflower series will be on display along with other things. The show stays up throughout the month of June.


My disintegration and repair pieces are coming along nicely. The printing was finished up last week, with some exciting results (see photos below). I am so pleased with how this work is progressing.



I have just listed a small selection of elegant eco-printed envelope clutches in the store. I love how these small purses highlights the delicate and unique prints. Lastly, I want to thank all of you for sticking with me here. I know my posts have been more sporadic than usual, and that follow ups on your comments and emails have been lacking. I do appreciate all of you, and the thoughtful feedback you provide!




remnants

remnant |ˈremnənt|
noun
a small remaining quantity of something.
• a piece of cloth or carpeting left when the greater part has been used or sold.
• a surviving trace : a remnant of the past.

When I cleaned out the studio recently I was amazed to discover how much wonderful stuff I had stowed away. Ever since I launched inleaf, some six or seven years ago, I have accumulated an array of fabrics, notions, and threads. Much of it still waiting for a purpose and a plan. I have saved the tiniest scraps and the ugliest dye samplers, always thinking it may be of use some day. I have boxes of rejected leaf prints. Things that did not work for its intended purpose, for one reason or another. Most of them are lovely and deserves a better destiny. Some will be incorporated into art quilts or fiber collages. Some are becoming beautiful objects in their own right. I have enjoyed the process of planning the perfect use for a particular print, and spending time and effort into making it special. Here are a few pieces that will be listed on the website and in the etsy shop this week. More will come, salvaging discarded beauties is a new mission.

wedding favors

One of my favorite projects during these past weeks were the clutches I made for my friend Lynn, as gifts to the bridal party at her daughter Lauren's wedding this weekend. I had never tried to make framed purses before, but got inspired by red ruby rose's beautiful creations on etsy. They are leaf printed on organic hemp, and lined with vintage cotton. The sewing part was easy, at least compared to the trickery and patience it took to attach the purse to the frames. I do have it down by now, at least I think so... It is always fun to explore something new, and I am pleased with the final result.  Lauren and her soon to be husband Lincoln are renowned wedding photographers in Portland, Oregon. They are getting married this evening, among friends and family. I know it it will be a beautiful event and I wish them the best of luck and all the happiness that married life brings.
 

random delights

Dutch graphic designer Karin's wonderful etsy shop stiksel is brimming with alluring objects such as the upcycled canvas postal bag complete with original printing and straps and the gocco printed patchwork patch that can be used to fix that favorite well worn pair of blue jeans as well as for pure adornment, anywhere. You will also find fun luggage tags, travel pouches, and wallets. Make sure to visit Karin's blog to learn more about her creative life in Rotterdam.

if you like mid-century modern scandinavian furniture my friends dorthe and pelle ekelin's swedish company moderna möbelklassiker should be your destination. Their carefully selected pieces are available through their website, where you also can find images of pelle's vast plastic furniture collection. I know the dollar is low, these rarities are quite pricey, and then there is the freight... but lusting for beauty is always free and allowed.

metalsmith julie schumaker hand crafts her jewelry in her Manhattan, Montana studio. Sterling silver is soldered, engraved, hammered, twisted, brushed, and finally embellished with freshwarer pearls, recycled glass, petrified wood or precious stones. The result is a collection of simple, organic, and very elegant rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. These masterpieces are available through sterling jules website and you can also find Julie's work at The Barn Swallow.

orange crush

I adore this bag. The fabric choice is perfect, the design is innovative, and the craftsmanship is impeccable. This is my first purchase from talented designer Carol Gilbert at Yorktown Road and I couldn't be more pleased. When not in use it hangs in my studio as a reminder that the world is full of beauty.