Archive for October, 2009

A heads up!

Friday, October 16th, 2009

It’s never to early to think about the holidays! I am so excited to be going back to Chicago this winter for the Renegade Craft Holiday Sale. We couldn’t do this summer’s show due to the wedding and the previous summer was a disappointment due to the rainy weather. I used to live in Chicago so the city is near and dear to my heart! I am going to taking a few new items as well so mark your calendars… and yes… the goods will be on sale!

Craft Inc. + Meg Mateo Ilasco

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Meg Mateo Ilasco, creator of Modern Economy and a host of other creative ventures, just released her latest book called Craft Inc. Business Planner – The Ultimate Organizer for Turning Your Craft Into Cash. Meg had asked me to share some of my best advice for the book and I was honored that she choose to use a small part of that conversation.

This is Meg’s second book on the subject. Her previous book, Craft Inc. Turn Your Craft Into A Business, is full of excellent advice. What I most appreciate about Meg’s style and delivery is that she respects the reader. Most “how to” books are full of vague advice and obivous conclusions, but Craft Inc. speaks to an intelligent business-minded creative who is looking for present-day comprehensive advice about the industry.

Wedding day

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Our amazing wedding photographer deserves a mention today. Amy Campbell of Angela Anderson Studios captured some amazing images of the day. Jeanie Gorrell did the flowers for us. She understood our aesthetic and created the most unique arrangements. I’ve included both studio links below.

Recycling sample prints

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

It happens when I am cleaning up the print table and I look down at the stack of first run prints and I find something really interesting. Who knew that blossom tree looked so cool when layered on top of trees in spring? Then, when I’m not looking, I print flower bed in black and 360 floral in white on top and voila! I’ve got something completely new.

These little linen treasures get pulled out the pile and hang on my wall for awhile. They inspire future projects and help me think outside the box. It reminds me of the time I went to go see Eames Demetrios speak at a DWR in Columbus a few years back. (grandson of Charles and Ray) He was telling the group how in the evening when everyone left the studio, they used to hang the chairs they were working on from the ceiling. Upside down – sideways – whatever they could think of to make for a new image or form to look at in the morning. Brilliant!

So, as I work on finding new ways to look at my work for the first time… I hope to inspire others with these miniature studies. I’ve picked each print personally from my collection and had them stitched onto organic cotton totes. Since each piece is considerably different, I’ve created two color options: a blue/green color story or an orange/green color story.

Off to the studio I go!