Sunday in the Studio with Francesca

In the spirit of keeping the creative force going I signed on for a mid summer show with my longtime friend Francesca Lewis Kennedy. When I first met Francesca it was in the Design Network days ( mid ’80s) and she had a business making hip leather clothing. I was making clothes and working with interior decorators, but needed more income and was helping her with her leather samples. Every little bit helped.

Fast forward 20 years! Children grown and change in career. She is now compiling jewelry elements and texturizing metal into bangles and anything else she can conceive of.

I like to share my space with friends and see what happens. This was a shot in the dark given the mid-summer and all. I was focusing on re-dos. Thinking of course I would finish all the ones I hadn’t got to. Hah! Best of intentions.

Anyway—more cleanup and prep for another show. Day of, hour of. Not a peep. We chatted and stayed calm.

At noon a client friend of hers came. She had seen my ¾ Kirin in Navy wool and had to have it. She also tried on and had to have the last piece I finished for this show, a beautiful pieced cotton indigo EF vest. Not bad for a first sale of the day, and very confirming that what I do has merit and beauty. (Yes- one always has doubts).

In all it was a quiet and sparsely attended show. But everyone who came bought something, was appreciative and added to the present sweet quality of the day. It was a productive and informative way to spend a Sunday, catching up with a friend and sharing our wares with the world.