This week I visited the Oriole Mill in North Carolina, tomorrow who knows? I went with my program to this Jacquard Weaving Center after having a long semester of learning how to assign weaves in Jacquad. The looms were humongous and I was surrounding by a thousand spools of thread. It was pretty much any Textile Major's dream come true. Initially when finding out alot of my semester was going to be spent weaving a grandma blanket---I was not too pleased nor excited. However, I found a way to make mine cute and modern and I think now its my proudest work ! (And plus I learned the basis of how designs are woven in the industry.) Thanks professor!
The process went by so quick, my blankets were done in minutes! Each heddle moving up and down so fast and powerful it could slice a carrot.
I did two blankets and I am so happy I did because I learned so much between the two. The striped floral goes along with my portfolio collection, found. The second one was my first experiment, a baroque inspired design with light bulbs. My favorite!That's me and my classmates with our woven masterpieces!
In other news...I just noticed my blog is listed in the latest issue of the SURTEX newsletter On the Surface as one of three great blogs to check out! Check it out in the resources to remember section. Hooray!
Have you guys checked out my new shop yet? I will be adding all sorts of fresh new goodies before the year is over. As usual photos prints and stretched canvas are available, and I've just added HIGH SOCIETY 2011 calendars! Hooray! Everyone loved the fabric collection, so I decided keep the love fest going all year long!
Soooo....what's Thanksgiving without a SALE??
Everything in the shop is 15% off until the end of November. Use the coupon code CARPEDIEM for the calendars, and PECANPIE for photo prints and canvas.
Head here for the scoop on the SHOWSTOPPER sale.
***SPECIAL RATES WILL END November 28TH @ 9:00pm EST***
I'm ready to rock! - $70 ($97 after special)
Email series, ebook, and the awesome videos.
use discount code = LETSROCK
Ready to rock + Confessions. - $80 ($112 after special)
Email series, ebook, and the awesome videos, AND Confessions for just $10.
use discount code = LETSROCK5478
***(ebook alone without the videos is also available for $45)***
Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season.
See you at the shows!
BONUS!!! Don't miss the wonderful sales TARA REED is running too!
Truly for me it all starts with color. Before I think about themes, motifs, anything at all, I have to see and feel the color story. In fact it is the color that really creates the story as a whole for me. Color creates a story of India, or Provence, or a playful summer day... When I start to create a color palette I like to pull images that really speak to me - and the story just takes off. There are so many places I can go within this palette! Um...yum! Really!
1. via papersnitch 2. via design sponge 3. holly knitlightly via papersnitch 4. via from the right bank 5. via wise acre (flickr) 6. via roger gordon (flickr) 7. via rudolf_schuba (flickr)
The "Nomad Pouch" from Envirosax has a great range of prints on a really great product. Have you heard about them?? The group is based out of Australia are are committed to not only providing consumers with an alternative to plastic bags, but they are also deeply committed to educating the public on environmental issues. I love the message, look the look, and will soon love the bags! (They been added to my Christmas wishlist!)
The collection I created is called found because I feel I have finally found who I am as an artist, but also because the design motifs are taken from found inspiration. I drew from things like insects, woodgrain, roses, stitches and the holes from my wall piece from last semester. For me, it was all about having fun, being free and creating something that really spoke to who I am. I think that's what it's all about after all!I will be upholstering a chair with 3 of the fabrics all together. Then I will cover the chair backs and saw them so they can hang on the gallery wall. I am an upholsterer's daughter so I want to include this skill in my installation. Don't worry more photos sure to come! Wish me luck everyone!
So, here's what you do.
1. Follow @surfacedivine (that's me!) on Twitter or join the peeps on Facebook.
2. Leave a comment here letting me know what you would like to see more of in this space. If you instead want to share what is inspiring you right now, I'd love to hear about that too! :)
Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday!
First up, Bryant Park in three colorways - Yacht, Terre, and Balkans!
This collection was inspired by the spirit of Bryant Park in NYC. Although, the shows are no longer held there, we will always remember Bryant Park as a destination where beauty, creativity, and innovation were celebrated. I wanted to mix vintage overtones with modern shapes, and use color in a fresh new way. Hope you heart it!
Next up Theory in three ways - Seaside, Sierra, and Forest
Theory was all about trying something new. Mixing and matching traditional and modern elements and seeing what came out. It was my theory really of what a new look for home, fashion, and craft could be.