GREEN: THE COLOR AND THE CAUSE

“Despite the prevalence of green in nature, no single plant produces a color-fast, deep green dye. Until the invention of synthetic dyes in the 19th century, people around the world typically combined indigo blue with various yellow dyes to create green textiles.”

From Green:  the Color and the Cause

(Be sure to browse the entire online catalog as it is very informative and beautifully written.)

Perhaps this fusing of colors – or ideas – is what it is going to take for us to eventually really come into fulfillment of the “Green Movement.” As I walked through the exhibition today, a green war is beginning in my own state.


Detail from the above exhibition signage by Gyongy Laky, Apple tree cuttings, grapevine, nails, wire; improvised.

Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, Re-Use, 2009, Linen, cotton, fabric marker; embroidered, hand lettered.


Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
, Hothouse Flowers, 2005, Cotton and found textiles; embroidered.


Jane Dunnewold
, Sacred Planet: The Pride of Barbados/Mask/Pride of Barbados, 2009, Cotton; digitally printed, dyed, screen printed, stitched.


Teresa Paschke
, CEAH1, 2009,  Cotton; inkjet printed, hand embroidered.


James Koehler, Rhythms of Nature II, 2009, Wool; tapestry woven.

Green:  the Color and the Cause

 

GLORIOUS CUT PAPER

Paper Cutting:  Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft

From the introduction by our friend Rob Ryan:

“Were you that kind of child that ate your way all around the edge of the hole in the middle of a cookie bit by bit with tiny teeth in little nibbles…  I was always busy jumping over and around the cracks in the sidewalk, and I looked up at the spaces in the sky that lay between the shapes made by crisscrossing telephone lines and power cables waiting for a jet plane or a bird to pass perfectly into the center of the frame that I had created in my head.  At that instant, I shut my eyes as if they were a camera shutter and captured that moment and made it mine.”

Image above from  Hina Aoyama: Chandelier of Cherry Blossoms, 2008.

Mia Pearlman, influx, 2008, paper, India ink, tacks, and paper clips

And I love the black and white work of  Beatrice Coron, which reminded me of the beautiful  end credits from Lemony Snicket by Jamie Callari:


Cindy Ferguson, Untitled, 2008.

Elsa Mora, detail from Missing Thoughts, 2009.

Inspiration for years to come: Paper Cutting:  Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft



BACK FROM SEASIDE

and “like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.”

Vacation 30A Style.

*Quote of the Month from Lettergirl.

The house above in Seaside, Florida was designed by Samuel Mockbee.

Called “Birdie’s,” the bungalow is now home to Vera Bradley and beautifully featured in 30A Style.

MY MOM, STYLE ICON

Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes you smile and laugh and sigh all at the same time. My Mom, Style Icon, by Piper Weiss – published by Chronicle – is just that book.

(While I didn’t get this posted in time for Mother’s Day, every day is Mother’s Day around my house! “Mama, can you get me something to drink?  Mama, when are you going to wash this dress?  Mama, I love you…”)

The pictures of all the Mamas are lovely, funny and define their eras; but, what I love most are the stories they tell.  (And you will find more stories at Piper’s website: My Mom the Style Icon.)

I hope that my 5-year-old daughter will one day look back at the bric-a-brac of my fashion life and sigh, ”My Mom, Style Icon.”

Yes that is me – circa 1979 – and yes, that is a Honda Civic AND a peace sign. The writing on the car window reads, “Chapel Hill or Bust.” I am thinking that my photo might fall under one of the  categories in Chapter 3, “Moms Gone Wild:  Rebels, Ragers, and Road Warriors.”

P.S. Piper also says, “Don’t F*** With Dad.”

ALABAMA STUDIO RESOURCES

Stencil artwork used in our Studio Style Book Series are now available for download from our new Resources page.

These stencils should (in best case scenario) be to full scale when printed;however, keep in mind that different printers can alter the scale slightly.

Visit our STUDIO STYLE DIY shop for our favorite sewing, resource, and inspirational books.