It has been a wonderful two weeks at Penland: learning, exploring, resting, dreaming. I dread leaving this magical place and at the same time I look forward to going home and using the tools I learned here to become a better designer. As I pack the car, we leave you with a few shots of the tools of Penland.
Happy trails and a great weekend to all…
For those of you who haven’t yet discovered, Alabama Chanin is now on Pinterest. And for those who haven’t begun exploring Pinterest, consider yourself warned – hours slip by in the blink of an eye. Pinterest is not a site for those short on time or attention spans.
In conjunction with our Star stencil post today for DIY Thursday, we are featuring our Satin Stars fabric from page 129 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design as our March Desktop of the Month.
This hi-resolution photograph, for use as your computer desktop background, is now available to download from our Resource Downloads page.
Melanie – my editor – recently asked if I would send her a hi-resolution photograph of one of our embellished fabrics that she could use for her computer desktop background. In talking about this simple act, we decided it would be nice to share these photographs with everyone.
Thus was born our Desktop of the Month series. Each month, a different photograph will be available to download from our Resource Downloads page, which you can use as your desktop background. Each Desktop of the Month will be available for one calendar year, when we replace it with a new image for the current year. Though we only have one week left in the month of February, we decided to start early (or late) and include our ribbon embroidered Climbing Daisy, which was featured in our Cotton Ribbon post today.
The most beautiful package came through the mail from our friend (and sometimes collaborator) Rinne Allen and (yes, idol) Susan Hable. How did they know that I have a big love for little books?
Check out our new(ish) Alabama Chanin Tumblr…
Look, watch, get inspired, send us pictures to share, and stay in touch.
My friend Jennifer Venditti has been an inspiration to me since our first meeting a decade ago in New York. She is one of those friends who I don’t talk to every week but when we do, the stories unfold. We have trips to documentary film festivals behind us and many a trip ahead of us I am sure. (Taos is next on the agenda.)
I met Jennifer at the time I had just started working on what would become Alabama Chanin. She had a growing casting agency and also worked on a line of clothing with our friend Molly Stern-Schlussel, called M.R.S. (More about our upcoming collaboration with Molly and M.R.S coming soon.)
Jennifer is often credited with changing the face of beauty over the last ten years, mostly due to her unerring eye and a diligence for street casting. She has transformed “unusual beauty” into mainstream beauty in a decade of work, not to mention directing and producing an award winning documentary film called Billy the Kid that speaks to what it means to be an outsider.
At one point in the film, Billy says, “I’m not black, I’m not white, I’m not foreign… I’m just different in the mind…”
It seems that everywhere I turn these days, someone is talking about or asking me to go to Burning Man. This also happened to me a decade ago when I first moved back to New York from Vienna. At that time, all of the talk I heard centered on substances consumed and not content. I found the conversations boring beyond words and the folks talking seemed to be something more than obsessed. You would say something as banal as, “What would you like for dinner tonight?” And their reply would always start, “Well, at Burning Man…” You get my drift.
This new round of Burning Man admirers are of a totally different ilk. Beautiful images, like these taken by my friend, Reyes Melendez, are emerging and at the same time, the conversations are changing.
“If so, HOW?
If not, WHY?”
- from Nam June Paik (Tate Publishing – February 1, 2011)
I love the photograph above – and thought of these questions today.
Get lost today in Nam June Paik’s official website.
It is an incredible resource for information on the artist’s ground breaking vision.