Thursday, April 16, 2009

Giddy-Up WWC!

It's Here!
(Well, to us subscribers that is.)
The 3rd Summer Issue of
"Where Women Create"

So jump on the bandwagon and snatch up your own copy.
If you missed the boat for this issues subscription and you are extra nice
you can score a copy through
or email
or at your local Barnes and Noble
oh yes, Did I mention that my studio is featured??!!
As well as a bevy of gawkable, awe inspiring , creative spaces.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

milling about, sewing oats

I've heard it said that if you surround yourself with really good looking people you will appear better looking by association. Hmm, I don't know that I want to hang out with a bunch of Amazonian supermodels. I don't see how that would help my cause...or stature.
Ergo, I will opt for hanging around with really talented people.

One in particular is good friend Stephanie Lloyd.
Mostly known for her antique furniture business and hip, cool cat findings.
She is trying on this new hat of designing these "plain-grain" Market Bags.
Fashioned and hand-sewn from well traveled, antique , European grain sacks...trimmed with vintage horse tack....they are the real deal. These bags tell tall tales and long stories much like Stephanie herself! (it's true, sorry Steph)

I can almost hear J. Petermans voice in my head: (ahem... here I go)

"Envision the calloused hands that wove the coarse linen...knowing that the bags would travel to lands they would never themselves see.
Stenciling almost inappropriately fanciful with more care than calligraphers hand.
Filled with golden nuggets of grain or precious seeds of pearls mined from rich German and French soil....and then off to market and farm.
Beguiling, yet befitting that some cultures considered this currency. As some civilizations were known as rich only by what they grew...."

I was thrilled and honored to get one of the first...beautifully stenciled with farm tools , name of a German town and date of origin....I categorize these as wearable art.
Thanks for your talent Stephanie...with one of these slung on my shoulder, you do in fact, make me look better by association!!!

For now Stephanie is just offering these goodies to the wholesale trade...
If you would like to contact her on terms or availability email
or watch for her upcoming website at

A few more of Stephanie's upholstery designs...