Triangles, anyone? They don’t seem to be going anywhere, so if you want to learn to make four different types of triangles, you could try the Triangles Quilt from my book 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This is still one of my favorite quilts in the book. Quilting done by Lisa Sipes. I think this quilt is still hanging out at Intown Quilters if you want to go visit it in person.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I make things, then take photos of the things, which gives them a new life of their own. Objectifying objects. It’s the Instagram shots, book photos, and blog posts that reach farther than the object itself ever could. Most of my quilts end up stacked in a closet. So it makes me wonder, what am I really making? I think the reality of social media has given a new dimension to crafting; hearts, comments, and likes added to process photos, detail shots, and enhanced images. I love it all, but I wonder if this digital objectification is taking us too far from the original intent and purpose of the object itself?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here! I guess I’m in summertime mode, but things have seemed busy. You can see some project photos from my Framework collection over on the Kokka blog here and here. It should be shipping to stores soon. Photo above is by Kokka.
And I just submitted my collection for fall, which seems very close. Kokka works a little closer to production than some other fabric companies, which I like because I don’t have to wait too long to see the designs. I’m impatient. This summer I am also trying to wrap my head around my next book idea and leap over the mental hurdles that seem to be blocking me. In the meantime, I posted a few of my designs over on Nuvango (formerly Gelaskins), so you can order cases for your phones or tablets. Now they have a version to fit most any device. I’m excited to see what my designs look like in this context.
A few weeks ago, we went to the beach and I read Heather Ross’ new book, How to Catch a Frog and Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival and DIY. The book is about her unconventional childhood and her perseverance to find success. It’s well-written and gives insight into her fabric designs, which are lovingly romanticized expressions of her childhood memories. The book has clever DIY projects tied into each chapter. With charming storybook illustrations throughout, this memoir will help you remember to look for the beauty in life — even when it’s hard to find.
It seems to me that these days artists and designers are putting more of themselves out there for the world, both in books and online. Whether it’s a natural result of the end of anonymity in our digital age or a conscious choice, it’s a brave thing to do and frankly, something that I’ve avoided as much as possible! But I’ve been thinking more about things now that I’m getting older and I want my work to have greater meaning. I just need to figure out what comes next.
I was very excited when I discovered that the inspirational Blair Stocker had written a craft book and I was delighted that she sent me a copy. I’ve enjoyed Blair’s blog wise craft for what seems like forever in the life of craft blogs. Her quilts are beautiful and she is always experimenting with different techniques and ideas. In her book Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love, she explores various techniques and ideas for making meaningful things to fill your home.
With charming illustrations by Lisa Congdon and warm photographs by EJ Armstrong, the book feels like a cozy spot on a rainy day, a place to quietly reflect and get inspired. With projects that include craft, crochet, and sewn objects, the book is perfect for people who like to dabble in a bit of everything. Projects include picnic blankets, woven chair backs, journal covers, photo banners, embellished ceramics, and home decor. The book is divided by seasons, with each set of crafts evoking the feeling of that time of year. I especially love her zombie Barbies and sweater trees to celebrate the holidays.
After reading through the introduction, I felt inspired and have a new sense of purpose in my making. It’s so easy to get lost in deadlines and career goals, that sometimes I need to get back to making with meaning.
Below you can see the Dip-Dyed Toile Dishes and Hand-Loomed Place Mats.
You can read more about the book and watch a trailer here.
And the winner is….#9, Christy! Thanks to everyone who entered. My Framework collection will be shipping to fabric shops soon!
Pictured above: detail shot of frame pouches from Octopurse.
Have a crafty kid? The Indie Craft Experience here in Atlanta is offering a camp for kids ages 8-12 this summer! Click here for more details.