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.

BRITISH TEXTILES

I own a lot of books on pattern design but British Textiles – published by V&A – is one of the loveliest I have seen for a long time.

(It was at the bottom of the pile yesterday but is on top today.)

The book highlights woven and printed fabric (embroidery is planned for an upcoming volume); however, I adore the simple painted designs that sometimes include the artist process.  In my favorites, you can see finely drawn pencil lines, loosely painted swaths of color and the underpinnings of structural grids.  The silk design above from page 29 feels incredibly modern but was designed by James Leman in 1719.

Moving through the  book, you experience an exquisite evolution of British color and design through the ages.

While expensive, this big (weighs 6 pounds), complete (494 pages), beautiful (over 1000 images), inspirational book is one of my new favorites:

British Textiles: 1700 to the Present

Looking very forward to the embroidery volume as well…

STARTING TODAY

STARTING TODAYIt seems that I have been lost for the last months as I finish up – our new book – Alabama Studio Design (working title). Between writing (and re-writing) texts, working on the design, and taking some of the pictures, there seems to have been little time for anything other than family, garden and  my (other) job as designer and entrepreneur. As I move towards the end of the book, it feels like life is beginning.

Looking at my desk this afternoon, I see a pile of ideas, new books, maps, notes, lists and random objects that I can’t wait to uncover. Lying on top of this pile is an orange slip of paper with a poem that has been sent to me twice in the last few months. I am thinking that this is a good place to start:

The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

from House of Light by Mary Oliver

And I ask myself, “What is it I plan to do with this wild and precious life starting today?”

What are your plans?

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

While traveling last week, I came across the Lower 9th Ward Village and Mack McLendon on The Moth podcast.  I was moved by Mack’s love for his community and the beauty of the world when we choose to act from that place of love. It takes a village. Indeed.

Community center brings magic to the Lower 9th Ward

As communities around the south begin to rebuild, I have been amazed to see how individuals have joined hands to help communities.  We are still receiving emails and phone calls about what you can do to help… necessities like food, socks, underwear, diapers and washing powders are still in need.

We continue to accept donations at our office and see that they are delivered on a daily basis:
462 Lane Drive, Florence, Alabama, 35630.

Thank you.

*Photo from the Lower 9th Ward Village Flicker Page

SUBVERSIVE

Subversive Knitting, Berkeley + Subversive Donations, Florence

From Steven, our production manager:

“I spoke with Wade – our UPS driver – this morning and he lives right in the middle of all of the damage in Franklin County.  He said that almost everyone in their area lost everything.  Right now they need basics like blankets, water, food that doesn’t have to be cooked, and toiletries.”

If you would like to do a bit of subversive donating, bring (or send) any of the above items to our office and we will make sure that there is a daily delivery to those in need.

Alabama Chanin, 462 Lane Drive, Florence, AL 35630
M-F 9 am – 4 pm

Questions: 1.256.760.1090 or office(at)alabamachanin.com

 

AT THE SEWING TABLE

Congratulations to Kelly Heitkam for winning a spot at the Alabama Studio Weekend Workshop through StyleList! We are looking forward to having you join us.

Thank you to everyone who applied on our Facebook Fan Page, your sweet comments brought smiles to all of our faces. Thanks to StyleList for running the competition!  Seats are filling up quick, reserve your spot at the sewing table:

www.alabamachanin.com/workshops.