November 30, 2011

Show, Times Two

This weekend I will be hawking my wares at two single-day shows. Come by if you can in support of independent artists!

Dec 3, Saturday
9:30a to 3:30p
Carmel Valley Artists
Karl Strauss Brewery & Gardens
9675 Scranton Road (map)
San Diego 92121

Dec 4, Sunday
2p to 6p
Kringle Mingle
Cardiff Town Center
2087 San Elijo Avenue (map)
Cardiff by the Sea 92007

This next item has nothing to do with shows, but it's the kind of art that provides me with LOADS of inspiration. It's terribly clever! Never mind the blather about aiming "to question the roles we play as the participant or performer, as well as elevating the experiential boundaries of this versatile relationship." I love the shape, the layers, the color red, the yards of fabric, the people-pockets and the contrast of the venue against the folds of woolen. Read about it here.

Photograph by Berhard Ludewig

November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday

Come visit me in my online shop and I'll pay for shipping on selected items. If you prefer to see textile treats in person, I will be at two shows this weekend -- see sidebar for details. Click click click!

November 24, 2011


I was pleased all around with the efforts I made on my little display. Although my booth looks, at first glance, exactly as it did during the Talmadge Art Show in May, the changes I made and the mindset I carried felt more comfortable for me. Confidence makes a big difference and I believe patrons are the first to notice.

Another small but important touch was being located next to a door that my neighbor and I had partially open. The incoming air cooled us and blew a scented breath of lavender around our area.

I'm grateful to everyone who came out to support independent artists on Sunday. Your appreciation for handmade goods was apparent in the crowds who showered us with oohs and ahhs. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

November 15, 2011

Talmadge Art Show

Please join me this Sunday. I'll be at the Talmadge Art Show from 10a to 4p along with 82 other artists in the Event Center at NTC Promenade, the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma. Come see what we've created for the holiday gift-giving season. Buy handmade, buy local and support independent artists. We hope to see you there.

20 November 2011 - Sunday, 10a to 4p
Talmadge Art Show
NTC Promenade, Events Center
2875 Dewey Road
San Diego 92106

Three food trucks will feed hungry shoppers.

November 8, 2011

Colors of Another Era

I've been cutting vintage and new Chinese silk brocade for lavender pillows. Most of my brocades were from Hong Kong during the late 1950s and early 1960s. China was closed to foreigners; Hong Kong, under British rule, was open to tourists. Ladies had custom-fitted dresses made in Hong Kong, or they brought yardage back to the U.S. as gifts or intending to have it made into a garment here. Notice the abundance of aqua, a popular color of the period. Can you tell which brocades are brand new? Hint: gold, royal, lavender and red.

These woolens and silks were shibori-dyed by Doshi. They'll be filled with French lavender too and will be a nice addition to what folks normally see in my booth. Doshi has a vivid sense of color, all of which I am attracted to.

November 7, 2011

Learning the Hard Way

I forgot a key component of my display: the L-brackets that hold the cross bar from which three picture frames would hang. All was not lost -- I suspended them from the tent rails.

Each show brings lessons. The removable L-brackets are now stored on the rack so they can't be forgotten; sewing tabs to secure table skirt corners when the wind blows; carefully hiding storage boxes underneath; hanging tent side walls lower to prevent a gap; finding my new shop name banner was too big. There will be another opportunity, so I look forward to making things right!

November 4, 2011

Bazaar at the Language Academy

If you're in San Diego, please join me tomorrow, Saturday, under the ABC Rags tent from noon until 4pm. I'll be selling handmade dolls, kimono silk rag baskets, and lavender pillows. This is the last chance this season to get lavender pillows made with vintage Asian silks and brocade at 25% off. I will have tillandsias (live plants) this time too. Nancy Tyrell and her colorful quilts are sharing the booth with me. We sure hope to see you.