Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Weekend Weaving Experience!

So I must say, I am really enjoying the weaving process. Our assignment this past weekend was to experiment with different materials. I used thick twine, plastic rope and i dissected it to show different variations, I used natural multi-colored wool yarn, ribbon, and then I used white roving and alternated it with mercerized cotton twine. My favorite was putting the roving in because it bubbled up through the warp giving it a gorgeous texture! We were only to do 5 materials 2 inches for each, but I didn't want to stop!

Weekend Sprout!

As you know, I recently got a small parsley plant, and its first little sprout came out this weekend! It's been around ten days since I got it and I've been watering, watching, and waiting. The funny thing is that It rained so much this weekend and our window was leaking. I wonder if the rain water gave him a little boost. I'm so excited to see it continue to grow!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Hump Day!

Hello! I apologize for being so sluggish on posting...I feel like I should be punished for it. My schedule is getting crazy! So this week for CAD we are taking a previous repeat pattern that we have designed and digitally altering it to a new one to fit as a wallpaper along with a coordinate. Today we had to present some wallpaper companies that inspired us. Out of the many companies I found, which were all beautiful in design by the way, TROVE (located in New York NY) stood out to me most. The wall paper is very abstract and illustrative. I think they are so beautiful and so different from what I'm used to seeing.

p.s. Today I threaded a loom for the first time! I'll take pictures of the loom so you can see :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Hello! I must say, the first week of classes wasn't so bad. 20th century art is very interesting, and I think I'm really going to enjoy my weaving and CAD surface design class. Yesterday I learned how to measure my thread on a warp board for weaving. The process is actually very soothing. The motion of winding the yarn around the dowels is a calming and also thoughtful process. On the calming side, the motion is "like slow dancing" as my professor said, and on the thoughtful side have to keep count of how many warps you have counted out. No worries though, because if you lose count, there are a couple tricks that can help you count them back again in like 5 seconds.

I was going to let you guys know that majority of my posts will probably be inspiration I am looking at for projects throughout this quarter. Also, if any of you guys have any suggestions, or would like to share some inspiration that might be helpful, please do! Just shoot me an email or send me a link! I also hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Is anyone doing anything special?

One plan I have in particular is bike shopping! I can't wait. I would love to get a cruiser. I really need to save some money on gas. A bike would be perfect because I live in the middle of downtown and I can pretty much bike anywhere I want. Is there anywhere great online I can go to look for one? I am open to suggestions! I'm also going to the farmer's market, and I'm super excited about that as well. Remember that post I made about gardens? Well, let's just say I have like 1/16 of a small garden in our apartment. We have fresh basil plants, and I got a small parsley plant yesterday! Nothing is better than fresh herbs. Yum.

photo by Jena Ardel (click for source)

Our lovely little basil plants!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Today I had weaving. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this class at first, but I actually think it's going to be a very relaxing class. I hear it's a great stress reliever, and believe me, I'll have plenty of stress that will need to be relieved this quarter. I'm a little intimidated about threading the loom, but everyone says once you do it a few times, it's not so bad. I was Etsy surfing today and came across weaver Cait Throop, a.k.a. Barefootweaver. Her work is absolutely gorgeous. She has been weaving since the 70s and owns 4 looms in her home. Cait weaves scarfs, blankets, wraps, bracelets, and even neck pieces. Because of her love for color, she even dyes her own threads! I love the texture she creates with all the different materials she uses to weave. Some of the materials she uses are rayon, cotton, chenille, silk, and tensil. I admire how passionate Cait is about what she does, and it definitely shows in her work.

pretty plaid

I'm love love loving this triangle scarf. I want it!

more gorgeous color and texture!

Surface Design

Today classes started and I got to begin my day with my fibers CAD class. We are going to learn how to create surface design digitally, and I can't wait to see what I and everyone else can come up with. My focus is going to be pattern for interiors because it's what I'm most interested in at the moment. I'm so excited. One of my favorite pattern artists is Amy Butler. She has my dream job! Amy Butler started out in the corporate world, and quickly realized it wasn't for her. She started off by selling her first set of handbags at a Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City where she found her first booth. No other small pattern companies had been designing for accessories, so Amy began designing her own line of fabrics for accessories, which launched her career, and now serve in a wide range of accessories for the home and fashion. Isn't her work so lovely and refreshing?
Her rugs are amazing!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy Weekend!

Today is such a lovely day! My roomies come in tonight. Not more loneliness! I hope you all are doing well, and I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead. As you know, the blog, A Cup of Joe is a daily read for me, and I just can't get over all the happiness and love being shared there at the moment. Joanna recently got married and her friends and fellow bloggers have been giving her their "Secrets to a Happy Marriage". Grace Bonney of design*sponge was one of the first to share her secret. I urge you all to go over and read! Lots of lovely images are provided as well. So read, smile, use these secrets, and have a fabulous weekend!

To see the story of these images, simply click!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lucyina Moodie

Hey everyone! It's been so hectic around here, but tomorrow is my last day of leadership training, so I'll be able to get back on my regular schedule with posting soon! Anyways, I have been wanting to share with you the lovely stylist and interior designer, Lucyina Moodie. I found her via decor8 and absolutely fell in love with her work. I love how each element she uses creates such a beautiful display. I found myself gaping at how gorgeous everything was to me when I first visited her website. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday Salutations

Hi everyone. I'm back for a couple days because I missed out on one of my retreats. I'm a little sick at the moment, but hoping to get better by the time this weekend is over with. It's so not fun being sick. I finally got everything moved in a couple days ago and I'm just resting for the time being. I've made some before shots of my room, and when I get everything up on my walls I'll take some after shots to share with you guys! It's so quiet in the apartment right now. My roommates won't be in until the 10th, and I prefer having people around to talk to, so I'm a little on the lonely side right now. But no worries, I've got blogging to keep me sane!

I am definitely happy and excited to say that this is my first post from Savannah, and I will be sharing loads of experiences and inspiration with you while I'm here for the next couple years! Too bad I wasn't in-the-know with blogging when I first arrived here two years ago, but timely things happen for a reason, and I think the knowledge of blogging appeared to me at the perfect time.

Anyways, I would like to share some photography with you by Axel & Moa. The photography was shared with me by a dear fellow friend and blogger, Megan Kiehna, who is also currently making her journey as a becoming fiber artist in Savannah, and has begun her new Emmie Kay blog. I would love for you all to check it out! It is full of various themes throughout the week, and treats you to her take on yummy recipes, adorable crafts, sweet little weddings, and fabulous vintage fashion.

Ulrica Wihiborg is the photographer of Axel & Moa. She gets her inspiration from her "Scandanavian sensibilities and love for clean organic lines." I love the feel of her work. It is so light and lovely, and portrays many emotions of love, innocence, growth, and relationships. She also has shots of different objects that she has made absolutely beautiful through her photography. She has recently been selected for Rangefinder magazine's 2009 August Portrait issue. Congratulations Ulrica! Click here to read the the article, Swedish Summer Days.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Savannah Bound

So I'm finished up packing and I am leaving today for my second home in Savannah. I am making a two day trip out of it, so I will be arriving there tomorrow to move in with no rush. After I move everything in, it's going to be a little crazy with retreats and training, so my posting will be on hold for a about a week. For those of you who are new to this blog, don't hesitate to browse around and catch up! From here on will be my first time posting from Savannah! I look forward to sharing plenty of photos, projects, and experiences with you. I hope you all have a fabulous rest of the week , and I will surely miss you all while I'm away.

photo by polkadotandplaid