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Style 2016 in Palo Alto/ Mountain View

This year’s Style show went smoothly in spite of the rain. And we were happy about that. Attendance was high, I loved my neighbors. On one side was Slice lab, a couple of guys using a 3-d printer to create jewelry. Fun pieces, some necklaces looking like they were made of tiny bleached bones. And very reasonable prices. I bought one that is ivory colored looking like many rubber bands strung together. Can I just say it’s hard not to […]

Making yardage for Catherine Bacon’s art kimonos!

I make fabric for Catherine Bacon about twice a year. When I was doing yardage for her a couple of years ago, it became more full-time than I wanted. I liked having a steady paycheck, but I missed out selling at other venues ie: the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, and at the Acqua hotel sales.   As I do love keeping my hands in many pots and in keeping with how Catherine’s business was changing, when she decided to hire […]

Why the last Acqua?

  The Sewing Workshop of San Francisco stopped offering their annual holiday shows in the 90s. To fill the need for selling samples and one offs, Catherine Bacon, Susan Green, Ann McKenna and Lea Ditson organized the original Acqua shows. As an offshoot, Braeda Horan got the idea to start her own group with some of the other designers from the Pacific Designer Collection, which included our core group: Susan Kirschner, Pam Barry, Mala Freedman and myself.   When Braeda […]

Cracked Open In Taos / DOL 2015

A year ago Diane Ericson asked me to be a guest teacher in Taos for her Design Outside the Lines workshop series. I immediately said yes. Why wouldn’t I want to be at Mabel Dodge Luhan House sharing what I know best with 20 women I had never met?   The excitement started building as I gathered supplies that needed to be shipped beforehand. Okay -I needed to make sloppy bags for holding scraps. Check. Okay -I need to bring […]

Diane Ericson and Me: Meeting of the Minds

Passing through Ashland in August I had the opportunity to find Diane in her studio. More like school/showroom/office, plus creative space. I was grungy from camping and her space was clean yet full of energetic goings on. Since she asked me to co-teach with her in Taos this year I have come to know more about the entity that is Design Outside the Lines. It is a non stop flow of creative techniques that are used to construct clothing in an unrestrained fashion. […]

Springtime at the Acqua…

It was a muted day. In keeping with the mystery that is a show. Who will show up? What will sell?   We had two new designers: Francesca Lewis Kennedy and Jan Badgley.   Francesca, a jeweler, plays with her metal and has fun. You can tell. There is a whimsical yet talismanic quality to her work. And it is easy to wear.   Jan has her own take on shrunken (boiled) wool and Japanese fashion that is well thought out and architectural, […]

Re-dos Redux: Miguel Adrover

  I buy used shirts to embellish and re-figure. I call them re-dos. There is a satisfaction in the recycling-reuse nature of this work. (Plus, I don’t have to make a shirt from scratch). I sent my friend Annie a couple of pictures from the black and white series I am working on and she replied by sending me the name of the master/designer extraordinaire:   Miguel Adrover, a Spaniard, taker apart-er, layer-er, of all manner of clothing.   He […]