One Kimono, Two Jackets

One kimono usually has enough fabric for two jackets, especially if I use a different fabric for sleeves.
I take apart the kimono, wash the pieces and then the fun part, follow where the fabric takes me.
This beautiful old kimono had flowers and leaves sprinkled around, looking perfect together. But as I spent time with it, I found myself separating the cherry blossoms from the maple leaves.
The first jacket, pieced with only the flowers.
And the second, with the maple leaves.
Interesting, isn’t it? How different, they look, but also, sort of the same?

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ACC San Francisco 2017

Where would you want to go if your city’s forecast was for 106 degrees?
How about San Francisco? High of 70?
The American Craft Council’s San Francisco’s Show landed on the perfect weekend.
I escaped Portland’s high temperatures for 3 wonderful days in one of my favorite cities.
In such a fantastic venue, Fort Mason. Right down by the Bay.
On the far left, can you see Alcatraz off in the distance? Where else but San Francisco?
On my morning walk to the show, nasturtiums tucked in.
Right next to Fort Mason, wind blown pine trees. So beautiful!
What a fabulous show! So many people stopped by. I met new and visited with old friends.
Jackets, skirts, tops and scarves were sent off to new homes.
San Francisco, I can’t wait to come back next year!

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New for ACC SF 2017

Next weekend, August 4-6, I’ll be in San Francisco for the American Craft Show. With a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, at the very cool Fort Mason, I’ll be right up front in booth #103, with all my new jackets, skirts and blouses.
Like this one from a beautiful old kimono, disassembled and rearranged into a new trench coat.
The back.
For good luck, cranes and fans and pine trees and ocean waves.
The fabrics from the pieced jacket below were from old, unwearable meisen kimonos. After I took them apart and washed them, each had enough usable fabric for a jacket or coat. Then all the leftover scraps from those projects were added to my stash [these fabrics, even the smallest pieces, are too beautiful to throw out]. When there were enough, I pieced them together into this jacket.
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2 very cool meisen silks from older kimonos sewn into a full skirt and a short sleeved blouse.
A detail, so you can really see these gorgeous silks.
And all the leftover pieces from this skirt and blouse?
They’ve been carefully put away, waiting to reappear in a future project.
Version 2
These and many others, all at Fort Mason next weekend.
See you there!

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New Work for ACC SF 2017

It’s coming up soon! The American Craft Show in San Fransisco,
August 4, 5 and 6.
That’s the weekend after next!
I’m sewing up a storm finishing new pieces for the show.
But that’s not all there is to do. There’s all the other stuff.
Like photograph the work.
So when someone asks about a piece I can look it up my photo records.
To help remember the specifics.
Tops and jackets and skirts and scarves.
Now, back to the sewing machine and sew, sew, sew.

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Midsummer Tea with Junko

Tea with Junko and Lynn at a neiborhood coffee shop.
Junko, always in a beautiful kimono, this time honoring the Japanese festival Tanabata, the Star Festival.
The Star Festival celebrates the once a year meeting of two deities, lovers that had been separated by the Milky Way. Angry that his daughter had neglected her loom and was no longer weaving the cloth he so loved, her father had kept her isolated and away from her lover. Moved by his daughters tears, he relented and allowed them to meet once a year. But the lovers could not cross the Milky Way. Again the daughter cried until a flock of magpies came and made a bridge from their wings.
Inspired by the story, Junko added birds to her obi. Her kimono looks like scattered stars.
She has also added a little brush. People celebrate the festival by writing their wishes on little strips of paper and hang them from bamboo. Traditionally, boys wish for better handwriting.
And girls wish for better sewing and craftsmanship.[!]
A starry midsummer kimono, the perfect thing to wear for an afternoon in July.

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Silver Swing

In process, a new color way for my swing coat!
Silver grey gradating to an almost black.
From my stash, these fabrics had been sitting for years on my shelf, waiting for their time.
Woven stripes, checks and plaids in the pieced strips.
I’m loving the patterns and textures!

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Trip to Warm Springs

Kahneeta Hot Springs Resort, located on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, sits in a gorgeous, beautiful, awe inspiring landscape.
Just driving to the resort!
Mind bending rock formations.
I need a geologist in the back seat to help explain what I’m seeing.
Located on the dry side of the state, blue, blue skies.
The remains of a Presbyterian church and mission.
Up close, so pretty,
Wildflowers underfoot.

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New Jacket on My Board

In process, a new jacket!
I’ve had a very fun few days pinning all the bias tubes in place.
Next up, baste.
Then, hand stitch everything down.
Can’t wait!
App Trench

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SAM, Peonies and New Projects

I love walking into art museums with no particular agenda. Last weekend I was able to do just that at the Seattle Art Museum.
One step in, right in the main lobby, was ‘Middle Fork’ an amazing piece by John Grade. A sculpture of a 140 year old hemlock from the Middle Fork area of the Snoqualmie River. John Grade Middle Fork
It’s made from thousands of tiny, reclaimed pieces of old growth cedar.
There is a short video about the making of it here.
John Grade Detail
The other end from the atrium below.
So cool.
I came to a full stop in front of this gorgeous elevator screen from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Louis Sullivan’s 1894 building was demolished in 1972.
A detail with shadows behind.
A little Japanese screen with “Dancing Figures”.
Back home, more inspiration.
My peonies.
Inspiration for new work! My favorite time in the studio.
Piles of fabrics laid out. Big plans brewing for these guys!

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Beaded Plus

I had made a version of this beaded jacket a few months ago.
Judy asked for a similar jacket with a little more length. Plus a top to go under.
And, how about adding some beads to the top?
Yes! And Yes!
Excellent idea Judy!
A close up.

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