Friday, October 24, 2008

New Work

This new line makes me so happy:I have been printing my new bird screens on already-printed fabric. The results blow me away. This fabric came from a friend years ago. He found it in his mother's house. It looked so ugly I actually used it line quilts. Yikes. Now it's cooler than cool, and I just have a few scraps left. Here it is, made into a cozy clutch.

Other images are going into collages to hang on the wall. Remnants get incorporated into my key bags. Look for new clutches and key bags each day at my Etsy store. Fuller Craft Museum has asked to showmy bags at their holiday sale. The key bags will also be on sale at the Loading Dock Gallery during December. But you can pick out your favorites at Etsy right now.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Looking for studio space?

Are you busting out of your home studio? (You know you are.) Do you love everything textiles: printing, sewing, collage and quilting?

In January Lowell Fiber Studio will have room for two new members. We are a group of eight. We share an 860 sq ft space at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, Massachusetts: a vibrant rehabbed mill building with over 160 artists and still growing.

Rent is shared and affordable. Parking is ample and free. Regular get-togethers. Monthly sales opportunities. Print table, sewing machines, dyes, sinks. Great people. Great space. All for less than $100 a month. Pass it on.

For information, please email us at

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


What a weekend. Back-to-back shows. The sun shone and people came. The RISD show was thronging. Lots of happy parents from all over the country. Entertainment included a very mellow jazz band, plus street musicians, or should I say street aliens, playing zydeco:The next morning Boston Handmade artists set up at 7:30 AM for the South End Open Market. Ouch! Folks were so nice, and the show so well organized, that I was glad to be there. A much calmer day: plenty of time to meet up with my Etsy team. I was inspired. Today's job is to take a gazillion photos, and get some new inventory up in my Etsy store.

I sold all my Altered Aprons, so I'm also off hunting for more vintage aprons to rework with print and applique.

Monday was my 21st wedding anniversary and a state holiday. My sweet husband drove me to drop off new work at the Loading Dock Gallery. I am so proud to be part of this great little gallery. Then we enjoyed Doing Nothing for the rest of the day.

Back to work!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Come Join Us!

Boston Handmade @ the Sowa Open Market

More than 26 members of Boston Handmade will be exhibiting their work at the Sowa Open Market on Sunday, October 12th.

Showing and selling handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, house wares, art, photography, toys, and sculpture. Boston Handmade promotes local independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works in small studio environments, not factories. For more info about Boston Handmade visit:

Friday, October 3, 2008

All Around Town

Buy local. Support the arts.

The next weeks find me showing in several places.Saturday, October 11, 10-4: Rhode Island School of Design Student and Alumni Sale Benefit Street, Providence. This show still has the best bargains and the most creativity per square foot. I'll feature my key bags and a new line of wristlets. Plus, altered vintage aprons, anyone?
Sunday, October 12: SOWA Open Market, 10am to 4pm. Featuring Boston Handmade, a group of over 25 area artists and craftsmen who met through Etsy. I'll share a tent with Blue Alvarez Designs. (Mmmmm, knits.) Other wonderful artists include the incredible Mimi Kirchner and the very talented Jessica Burko.

November 1: Concord Holiday Artisans Fair. 10-4. Sponsored by the Concord Unitarian Church. My first venue and still one of my favorites. An old-time feeling. Good quality work at reasonable prices, in a friendly setting.

November 15: Open House, 13 South Randolf Street, Poughkeepsie NY. My sister once again will host an afternoon of wine, delicious food, and recession-proof gift items by real people. Email me if you'd like detail.s

December Western Avenue Studios double weekend, December 6-7 and 13-14, noon-5 each day. The eight women of Lowell Fiber Studio will be working overtime. Western Avenue Studios houses over 160 artists now, making our Open Studios a warm, energizing destination, and one you can easily visit more than once. Come up to studio 512 for tea!

You can also find my work at Lowell's Loading Dock Gallery, Cambridge Artists' Cooperative in Harvard Square, and the Weston Arts and Crafts Association Christmas sale at the Josiah Smith Barn in Weston.