Tuesday, February 28, 2012
In this Swan and Bird scarf, the black swan swoops its long neck around a tulip and ducks a sailboat and anchor, while opposing the flight of a bluebird flying through a floral sky, in a tale of adventures at sea.
This scarf features the male and female Diana Fritillary butterflies in a mirror composition with pattern and leaves, as a sort of love story in flight.
Here, it is the green and black Honeycreepers who flit about amid floral flares, blue buttons and ripe persimmons to tell the story of nectar givers and takers.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Currently, there are three images available as Print Tapestries. The original painting was made with acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas. These reproductions are printed on canvas by my archival company in Georgia. The tapestries are assembled by hand in south Louisiana by myself, my mother, and my sewing circle. The image is trimmed and hand-stitched with embroidery thread to a cotton canvas backing with a 2.5" border. Each image is available in a limited edition of 50, and comes adorned with an engraved edition plate. Aside from the professional printing, each element of these heirloom pieces are assembled by hand, carrying on the tradition of gathering to sit and stitch and talk among friends and family.
These print tapestries allow me to offer an affordable alternative to buying original paintings, in a handmade artisan format that retains the quality and aesthetic of my original work.
The Print Tapestry allows the finished piece to be rolled up and ship to you in an affordable and sturdy shipping tube. It comes with a fabric label on the back, indicating it's title and edition number. It also comes with 4 upholstery tacks for hanging it on the wall. Simply place one in each corner and tap gently with a hammer. When you rearrange or move, no worries, just remove tacks, roll up your print, and go.
When you receive your Print Tapestry in the mail, I recommend taking a hot iron to the back of it to get it good and flat again. (don't iron the face of your print). To really connect with the tradition of things handmade in the south, I suggest doing this step with a meditative smile, in the quiet of an afternoon, focusing on only the task at hand, at least for the 3 minutes it takes to iron a square of canvas. You'll feel glad you did.
and available for purchase online at my Etsy Shop
and in New Orleans at my showroom,
"The Beauty Shop", 3828 Dryades St. Uptown.
Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am - 2:00pm.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Love having them all spread out for a moment before I file them in binders or pin them to my mood board for Spring Collection 2012.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
― Robert Penn Warren