It's a Wrap (with Layers)!
You're probably coming to the conclusion that I like layers - you're right! 😊 Mixing and matching styles gives you lots of flexibility, letting you put together the perfect outfit whatever the occasion. For this spring I've created my Shawl Collar Wrap Coat in a beautiful ivory-coloured cotton/linen blend.
Inspiration and a New Season!
It’s been a long winter but I'm sure you're as happy as I am that Spring is just about to burst forth! And, with the inspiration of Spring, I am so pleased to share with you my creations for the new season!
Connected to Colour: Pink
The cochineal insect (Dactylopius coccus) is a gift from nature. It creates a glorious pink. Pink is often associated with love and romance. Often thought of as a feminine colour, pink is associated with the qualities of softness, kindness, nurturance, and compassion.
SLOW FASHION FRIDAY
As a clothing designer who produces garments locally, and in small batches, I consider myself to be an adherent of slow fashion. I've also spent a number of years travelling encountering artisans and other practitioners of slow fashion in Europe, Asia and Africa.
2021 Colours of the Year
I've never been one to follow trends, however it's always interesting knowing what's out there and what informs a lot of design trends in the world. Have a look at some of the decision-making behind the Pantone colours for 2021.
'Colours of Nature' with Charlotte Kwon
This amazing 4-day workshop was with master dyer Charlotte Kwon from Maiwa Handprints in Vancouver. An in-depth study and preparation of many different kinds of fabrics.
Memory Lane - SALON METIERS D'ARTS 2019 - Montreal
Pleasant memories of a year ago in Montreal, attending Salon Metier Des Arts 2019.
Connected to Colour: Orange
Nature is a refuge where we connect with our essence and open our senses, seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling more vibrantly. And we revel in the stunning colours of nature - greens, yellows, blues, reds, pinks, and, yes, the colour orange.
The Magic of Indigo
For anyone who has had the pleasure of dyeing with indigo there is a beauty and magic to this natural dye, derived from the indigo plant. If you work with indigo, you don't just dye with it, you have a relationship with it.
"Perseverance" is the name of the piece I submitted to the exhibition From Scratch at the Saskatchewan Craft Council, which runs from August 3 to November 6, 2020. Be sure to drop by and see it in person if you can. Open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 5:00 PM.
Yay for Rhubarb!
I was delighted when I was recently given a bundle of locally-grown rhubarb by a friend. I remember how much I love it and I have fond memories of Mum making rhubarb custard squares.
My Beautiful Studio
I've been grateful for my beautiful studio space, especially during COVID-19 where I can work uninterrupted in the sun-filled space with its high ceilings.