Yearly Archives: 2008

A BUREAU OF FRIENDS

As I sit in my winter living room and look out the window, I think about what an amazingly full, rich, intense year it has been. I recently made the joke that I sometimes I feel like Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in Blade Runner… when I am lying on my death bed, I will say, “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain….”

I feel lucky, blessed, and grounded to have recently met so many new acquaintances to add to the dear old friends who fill my cup with inspiration. While sitting on a couch late one afternoon in South Africa, I decided that I want to take a moment each month to talk about one of these rich, rich souls who has enriched my life.
From painter Judith Eisler, woman extraordinaire Marsha Guerrero, documentarian Davia Nelson, woman of style Julie Gilhart, film maker Jennifer Venditti, writer/stylist/foodie Angie Mosier, and hero Alice Waters, to designer Christina Kim, I want to highlight work that I find world changing, heartfelt and inspirational.
So is born “A Bureau of Friends.” Stay tuned for monthly stories.
Here’s a wish that 2009 may continue to be a great adventure…

FUROSHIKI – THE “GREEN” WRAPPING

While visiting Boston recently, my hosts at the Museum of Fine Arts gave all of the attendees this flyer about Furoshiki.

The term describes “a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was frequently used to transport clothes, gifts or other goods.”

“Although there are still Furoshiki users in Japan, their numbers declined in the post-war period, in large part due to the proliferation of the plastic shopping bag. In recent years, it has seen a renewed interest as environmental protection became a concern.”

What a great “green” way to use any available cloths to wrap your holiday gifts…
& see a video demo here:

& THANKS to the Fashion Council for a lovely event!


DINNER SOCIAL – PART 2

The winners of the first Dinner Social have been posted to http://www.aveceric.com/ and each of the winners received a camera from Olympus.

How great is that? Have dinner and drinks with friends & win a camera.

The new recipes have been posted and they are fantastic… friend (and colleague) Angie Mosier took the lovely photographs.

Happy Holidays!

VIEW ON COLOR

“As we abandon long-established notions of the past and truly embrace this young century, the agricultural community will become the planet’s new elite, dominating our essential needs and inspiring years of farmer styles. After all, the farmers of the future will clothe us, house us, feed us, fuel us and hopefully even heal us. Ultimately they will be able to engineer design and grow furniture in a symbiosis of technology and biology, and therefore rural and urban lifestyles will merge and become one; resulting in an inversed social landscape with a greener city and a more contemporary countryside.

We will see vertical farming in the inner cities and the return of smaller luxury farms in the countryside to handle the market for fresh niche products, while arid areas of the globe will be used to power solar plants and farm new kinds of bio fuels. The farm will even become a destination for beauty and learning as well as a cradle for new retail strategies and marketplaces for the future.

This rural revival will sustain far into the future, influencing our habitations and interiors….” Li Edelkoort – an excerpt from View on Color – A World of Folk, page 67

Copies of The World of Folk issue can be purchased by contacting Tel: 212 420 7622  Edelkoort, Inc.- $95.00 + $ 7 shipping

 

ALABAMA STITCH FLICKR GROUP

Thanks to all of you who have added beautiful projects to the Alabama Stitch Book Flickr Group. I love this photo above from projectecoart.

It has been amazing to see all the beautiful work finding a voice on those pages. Thanks to betty_woosh for getting it all started and to all of you who have taken an idea and just keep making it better and better and better….

I am just turning in the texts/projects for our new book Alabama Studio Style – which has taken a lot of my time recently. Also, we recently updated our website and added new sewing supplies, colors and kits to the store.

And now that the new site is up (and working for the most part), Jessica and I will soon be adding a projects section here where we will continually add projects, tips, treats and more. Keep posting your projects along with the tips and treats you are discovering along the way.

And let us know what we can do to help…
Natalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

INTERNATIONAL QUILT STUDY CENTER

I have been traveling so much that it has been difficult to keep up with all of the inspiring people, places and things that have crossed my path these last months. I am looking forward to slowing down for the holidays to process.

In Lincoln, Nebraska, I had the opportunity to tour the incredible International Quilt Study Center where the most fantastic, pristine, beautiful quilts find a home and are perfectly archived for future generations.

Visit their site to explore their magnificent collection or to make your own quilt design.