( gibbous ) .. ( findings )
Revista Diners article
08 30 14


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my stitches were recently featured in this article by Marcella Echavarría..

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there’s also a shorter online article here

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it looks lovely.. though it’s funny that they spelled my name wrong twice, haha..
not much of the question/answer stuff made it in, so i’m including that here.
it took me ages to find my words & i think you guys might appreciate it :)

1. What does the word “vintage” mean to you?

I think of vintage as applying to anything from the 1940′s to the 1980′s
and of pre-1940′s as antique.

2. How are you redesigning the cycle of creating and selling?

Everything I make is constructed from reclaimed antique/vintage
materials, so the pieces are both new and old.. It’s an ecologically
friendly pattern that pays it’s respects to the past. By creating
work from materials that would otherwise be going to waste,
I’ve found a loophole in the regular system of commerce.. and a way to
responsibly support myself & other small, ethical businesses while
doing something I love.

3. What does the word reusing/repurposing mean to you?

Giving new life to clothing & objects that have fallen into
disrepair.. bringing them into the present.


4. What values from the past do you live by today? what techniques do
you use? what materials?

I love the old slogans “waste not, want not” & “mend & make do”..
Craftspeople had a stronger work ethic in the past and more integrity
in their creations; things were made to last. I try to keep this alive
in my work, and create pieces that are well-made, beautiful & durable.
I’m self taught in sewing and designing and have picked up some tricks
and ideas through studying antique clothes & old sewing books. I use
almost any materials as long as they feel good & are reclaimed.

5. What is your narrative? If I found a piece by you in 50 years…what
is your story?

I feel like a curator of sorts.. much of my process is just sitting
quietly and listening to the materials. I try to arrange them
elegantly as directed.. A big part of it is respecting them and their
collective history enough to include them in the decision making..
versus inflicting my own will or ideas too strongly. It ends up
feeling like a collaboration between history, nature & my hands.


6. How do you draw the line
between the past and the present/future?

My home studio is a museum forest of tattered antique dresses, relics
and remnants.. I collect all kinds of things from the past, and am
immersed in mountains of fabric for weeks at a time as I stitch them
together. So sometimes the line is not so strong.. it feels like I
live in the past, present & future all at once. Which seems like the
perfect spot for me~

<3s



08 27 14

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one of the new dresses that will be heading to Field Day next week..
the pace is picking up, i’m working on getting the new website launched the same day as the 1st friday opening.
more pictures on the way~
<3s


upcoming
08 23 14


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i’ve been working non-stop on a collection of new garments that will land over at Field Day next month..
the opening is on September 5th, from 6-10pm

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(more details here)

fieldday

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beautiful Martha models some of the new creations in this post..

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so much more to tell you guys, but i have to keep sewing!
i’ll be back soon with more of an update & pictures of the new work~

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bonnets emerge
08 09 14


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i came across two long lost bonnets hidden away in the studio,
they’ve been waiting such a long time to get out in the world!
just posted them in the shop at very fine prices.
i want them to fly away to their new homes :)

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<3s


the Cassia dress
08 05 14

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just finished, a lovely slip dress in autumnal colors..

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stitched with antique & vintage velvet, lace, necktie remnants, silk, crochet & tattered scarves.

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all the fabrics were hand-dyed for those perfect fall colors.

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it has a bit of stretch and a flattering fit.

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now available for adoption in the shop


in the midst
08 05 14

things are so busy lately.. i’m like a professional juggler at this point

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^this christmas vest surfaced for the sale.. it’s from about 9 years ago. it went home with a really sweet girl, hurray!

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i’m working away on many projects at once, simpler pieces to go in my friend’s shop for september.

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the lovely artist faery Lacey Bryant made it out to the sale. i love sending lace home with pretty ladies :)

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some petrified roses i’m using on a custom dress for Valerie Mallory

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more magical creatures that came out to the sale..

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another piece in progress for Field Day

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the Cassia dress, just finished & posted in the shop..
so much has been shifting. i feel more alive than ever before.
can’t wait to share some of these exciting changes with the world. soon!


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Marina Sale! this weekend
07 29 14


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those of you in the bay area might want to come out to this sale next Saturday (August 2nd)..
. . .. (the 5th ave Marina Flea Market).. . .
10am-6pm :: located at 499 embarcadero east. oakland CA 94606

i’ll be selling lots of weird & beautiful vintage clothes, fabric,
old gibbous stitchery & kraft supplies (for very low prices) along with many other creative collectors..
i’m still digging in my studio trying to make space, and unearthing all kinds of treasures.
just found a stash of lovely slips & sorted my lace collection too. the photo is some of the lace for sale. :)
come out & find something pretty <3s


a wedding dress for Katie
07 22 14


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just finished this sweet wedding dress for miss Katie..

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the trim at the neckline is from her grandmother’s waistcoat, a victorian piece from her own wedding.

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i love how this one turned out.. it reminds me of gingerbread, fairytales & old european houses.

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having a lovely time working with simpler lines.. they still take a lot of work, it’s just behind the scenes :)

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Michelle & Dale
07 10 14

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a sweet picture from Michelle & Dale’s wedding day.. it makes me smile.
i never saw her before making the dress, & it ended up matching her perfectly.. such a beautiful faery~



07 10 14

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what a strange & busy time it’s been.. many folks have been asking when there will be new things in the shop.
the answer is.. soon! i am in a bit of an interim, finishing up a batch of custom orders & the new website.

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^ a trio of fancies that flew away before they made it to the internet..

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just started a custom wedding dress.. using some pieces from a waistcoat the bride’s grandmother wore at her own wedding.
i love stitching family histories together :)

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i’ve been spending some time in the forest & on my friend’s farm this last month, it’s really helped my spirit.
being in the trees always feels healing. they seem to dissolve much of the clamor picked up in the city.

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some new crystal friends

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these days my stitches are powered by beautiful (& delicious) living foods~
directing a lot of time & energy towards taking health in hand right now.. it feels really good.

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about to start on a new line of simple dresses, for my friend’s shop..
more pictures & news coming soon <3s