Last week I bought everything I need to experiment with screen printing, and I worked most of the day today on the original artwork that I’m going to attempt to transfer onto fabric. To make the artwork, I took a photo of a real poppy, then I loosely traced it in Illustrator. I stylized the lines to open them up and make them more flowy. Then I added the internal lines for interest. The instructions on the screen print kit said very fine lines will be captured with the “photo transfer” technique. I guess I’ll see when I use a lightbulb and photo emulsion to transfer this image onto the screen printing screen. Very curious to see what will happen.
Risty’s buyer liked the tea! So now Risty found a new coconut flavor and wants to pitch that, too. “Tropical color inspiration” and another original drawing for the background were my guidelines. The rest should look like the other teas.
I had the pleasure of assisting on a shoot for Creative Bug at Nicole Blum’s cider farm in Western Mass. Nicole is one of the authors of Improv Sewing and a regular contributor for Creative Bug. She was filming four projects for the site — three of which we shot with her kids, Ava and Harry. I had so much fun, it was hard to believe I was working. Nicole and her husband built their farmhouse, a rustic, light-filled space spattered with sweet handmade touches. Behind the farm is their orchard, a sprawling expanse of green perched a top a hill overlooking the Connecticut River. I did not get a photo of that because, of course, my phone died right as we stepped onto the orchard. Thank god I am not a photographer because I always miss the best shot. But I did get these other great photos as we filmed in Nicole’s little detached studio and the rain beat down on the metal roof. (Not great for sound, but we made it work.)
Thank you, Robyn, for taking these photos. As usual, I found one, that’s right, one, shot on my iphone. And it was blurry.
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I really like to push the boundaries of what’s possible with knitting, especially when felting is involved. I also have a big aversion to floppy felted bags. So it makes sense that I am on an eternal quest for a way to knit-in a sturdy internal structure. Here’s my latest brainstorm: knitting on multiple lightweight […]
I love me some Project Runway, and last night the kids and I caught up on the Teams episodes so we’ll be ready to watch the final show on Thursday. We’re spending Spring break in New York, so we’ll be in Manhattan when the episode airs. In fact, we are staying in the garment district, and we’ll be taking a “fashion walking tour” where we’ll visit Mood and hopefully a factory and a showroom. What a way to lead up to the grand finale!
Project Runway is an interactive experience in our house. We get out sketch pads and scribble down what we’d design if we were in the competition. My son and daughter are wildly different, and not surprisingly so are their sketches. My daughter is 12 and likes rules — her ideas are crisp and clean, with lots of sharp lines and color blocking. Her palette is monochromatic and her shapes are modern. My son is 9 and frenetic. He’s always moving, usually on a skateboard. Even when he’s sitting, he’s busy: drawing cars, writing songs, folding paper into elaborate ninja stars. His ideas are urban, bold and in motion, expressed with heavy, confident marks. I’m struck by how true my kids’ drawings are to who they are. I’d love nothing more than to preserve that for both of them — to bat away the influences and confidence-shakers that will interrupt this free-flow of authentic expression.
I’ve noticed the most successful Project Runway contestants’ have been able to do just that. Somehow, they’ve preserved who they are, what makes their souls vibrate. And they’ve got the mastery to express themselves, without dilution, from the brain to the drawing pad to the dressform to the catwalk. The raw materials don’t matter. I’ve seen the best designers make equally beautiful pieces out of a pile of plastic cups or 10 yards of cashmere.
My goal is to help my kids hold on to their intrinsic points of view as they they learn “mastery” over whatever it is they choose to do. I want them to be humble enough to accept that they need to be taught, but also to know themselves well enough to see what it is about their work that makes it uniquely theirs.
Hell, that’s my goal for myself … I guess it’s something the three of us can strive towards together.
On Friday I took a quick trip to New York City to meet with the team from CreativeBug. We stayed in the Ace Hotel, which, from a design perspective, is eye-popping. Every corner oozes with hipster chic. Even the view from my window was cool, like a borrowed set from RENT.
Each room has an original urban-inspired mural. Instead of the standard fridge, my room had a steamer trunk stamped with the word “rations,” and next to my desk, I found an assortment of kitchy records, plus a turntable. For sure I am not cool enough to stay in this hotel. I’m surprised they didn’t kick me out.
The “loft” where we held our meeting appeared rockstar ready, and I found myself wondering how many famous guitarists had trashed it. Funnily, amidst the in-your-face urban-ness, sat a wire basket of vintage industrial bobbins and spools. Me and the gang from CreativeBug took that as a good sign.
When I got back, I had several graphic design deadlines and I’m pretty certain my work was heavily influenced by the trip. I distressed every font, applied a stamp technique to every graphic. I had to draw a set of sewing needles and even those took on an air of crisp edginess.
Here’s a sampling of this week’s work (including the business card Lisa and I have been working on together).
I’m so excited about this free workshop that I did for CreativeBug and Red Heart yarns. I love the sweater’s construction and overall look and feel. When you take the class, you’ll learn side-to-side, seamless sweater construction, provisional cast-on, picking up stitches … the list of techniques packed in such a quick knit goes on and on. And at the end you’ll have an adorable, figure flattering little shrug that’s sure to fit because you size it to your body as you go.
And if you are going to Stitches in San Jose this weekend, stop by the Red Heart booth, where the workshop will be playing throughout the show.
I was excited to learn this week that CreativeBug wants me to do another workshop, this time using Red Heart yarn. The two companies are teaming up to bring a free workshop to the Red Heart booth at the Stitches West knitting conference in San Jose the weekend of Feb 22. Both companies are both looking for a project that would be appropriate for fairly serious knitters.
I thought it would be interesting to show a behind-the-scenes look at how such a project comes to life … How are the materials chosen? How is the final design decided upon?
First, I get the yarn. Then the whole process unfolds from there:
I had the pleasure of working with Kristin Nicholas this fall on her CreativeBug shoot. I spent an amazing week with her at her sheep farm and learned a lot about sheep, knitting and working with color. The result of the shoot is now live on CreativeBug, and I have to say I’m thrilled with how it turned out.