More prints-NEW 15″ CUTS Finally Printed!

Posted on November 28, 2011

Excited to share a few new prints printed on our new medium sized cuts–that will eventually be 15″ square pillows among a few 13″ rounds.

Among our original natural bark cloth, we just found a 50% recycled USA woven oatmeal color fabric that is a combination of poly and cotton. It’s super soft and a beautiful organic color.

I just wanted to give a sneak peek of our print run from today.

Also, excited that my amazing cousin Amanda is visiting here–she is a graphic designer as well and going to share my studio for the week! –Type and design obsession definitely must run in the family! So we printed today and escaped for a few hours with my mom to our favorite junking spots and landed a killer abstract painting that was super fun–and of course had a huge splash of orange so I could not resist. See big photo below. I love that it was in the back of a old chicken coop under a bunch of junk—and now it is front and center in my living room! Love it. Notice B curled up with her new blanket from Grandma Vivian on my crazy new flokati rug…its super lush and kinda ugly so much so that I had to have it…and big surprise–a lot of orange. Maslen just rolled his eyes and said something like it “looks as if it’s already been lived on..” No, that is the cool part–super fluffy and random. Not sure if he agreed but now that it’s on our floor he kinda loves how comfy it is.

New prints getting stitched up and will be ready for the new POP store that will be on Commercial Street Old Port Portland Maine this coming Wednesday. Please come and check it out! Going to be so fun and a great collection of fine art, funky hand made finds and amazing photography.

Here are a few pics of the newest medium sized prints. The oatmeal cotton cloth has been prewashed so excuse the wrinkles…we will obviously be doing a lot of ironing once these bad boys are getting stitched.

Please let me know if you love any of the new prints and or if you have any thoughts on colors! Always up for some new additions.

e

NEW PRINTS-

Posted on November 06, 2011

Okay so it’s been way too long since I designed prints for me–my stuff. Been collecting and drawing, collaging, cutting and pasting…and working and reworking the past few weeks. FINALLY. I can’t describe how amazing it is to see something that you created/designed and have it printed on fabric. It’s the most rewarding part of the process–to actually see it, feel it. (Thanks Mas (husband) for being my amazing rockstar that totally gets how obsessed I am and prints at night, weekends and everything inbetween).

And also working on a new hang tag that is so so over due. I struggled on what part of the story to tell–etc etc but I found some great vintage words from old ads while rummaging here in my studio and fell in love with the typography..style and passion that the words had. After I found these great words, I kept visualizing this long tag hand screened on muslin–and I think finally I wanted to connect with people about the bark cloth, what is it, where it’s woven and why that means so much to me.

So happy to show you  my new tag, some new prints and I am seriously so excited to get them in YOUR hands!

Such an amazing few weeks that are hard to sum up but a few high lights is that I will be working with ACORN again for the 2012 WINTER catalog–in what capacity–not sure yet–working on a mod mid century/picasso inspired logo for an amazing shop that will be in FREEPORT, outdoor woven fabric line that will be out this SPRING that is going to be so amazing to be apart of, Portland Maine’s ID is about done and working on a million pieces for them to tie in the new brand positioning and logo as well as a more sophisticated modern and clean direction–I will do a new post for them at some point. Really love the new Event Planners Guide that I just finished for them, hmm what else…finishing up the CLOSE BUY CATALOG sales that just closed a week or so ago. We sold a ton of calendars and framed prints to some local schools. This program is amazing and Masey Kaplan, a genius for taking this concept and sprinting with it!

Happy that I am still working with Fresenius Medical Care–and just designed 3 huge binders for them with all the tabs and insert pages for all of them. I love working with them..always something new and different and the medical field is so rewarding because the pieces are helping out people who are either working for them or helping patients live a better life. I think this is my longest standing consistent client–going on 5 years now. I can thank my Aunt Marsha for hooking me up over there.

SO SO excited for the REDESIGN OF AU BAGS website!!! This just launched. Please check it out! Winky Lewis shot all the lifestyle shots–and Nathan Hankla programmed it from me. (met him while I worked with Maine Magazine). Loved this process and really loved how it turned out.

Also, working on fine tuning a licensing contract with Sazaby which operates Afternoon Tea Shops in Japan. I am hoping this really flows and works it self out by the end of the year. So many details and so many things that come into play when you work with a large company from abroad. They had a concept to put my small kiddo prints on some cute cloth bags. I have some images on my Facebook of some prototypes.

But the most amazing thing happened last weekend. Jessica Bruder, blog columnist, The New York Times: Start, just contacted me to interview me for Oprah Magazine. The interview was last Tuesday.

First thing I did was call Ashley O’Brion and thank her since she put together a beautiful press kit for me and sent it to her connections at O Magazine.

I was shaking so much that I could barely dial her number and totally started to cry as I thanked her...Thank you again Ash–I will let you all know how it turns out and seriously pray that all goes well and ends up in the mag!

I just have to say that life is so full of surprises and every turn is such an opportunity to grow and evolve. Very thankful for good friends who push me to do better, be better and believe in my insane dream of someday being able to do my own personal design work full time. Anything in the world is possible and this just reinforces my believe that if you just continue to trudge through and keep your eye on your ultimate goal things will happen…and every turn in the road will lead you to where you need to be.

I am not sure if I am missing something but will close for now…LOVE LOVE the new prints and wanted to attach a few new pics we JUST SCREENED LAST NIGHT! I will post once ready for purchase on my ETSY shop!

Be well, stay true, and push on. e





Happenings October

Posted on October 20, 2011

Well it’s October and life here is a bit nuts as usual. School is in full swing and the leaves are falling. Gearing up for Halloween and basically working my tail off keeping up with orders and freelance. Maslen has been a rock star helping me keep it all together..yesterday, (even though he was sick and should be resting) did up a ton of prints for me and organized my orders to ship out). Amazing happy smile came over my face when I went down stairs to see all the orders neatly in boxes!

I have been super focused and a bit out of my mind since I organized all my new pillow designs. The round pillows are done as far as production issues and ready for the masses. I am in love with them–(I have said this before–but seriously love them). Basically I am at that stage where I print everything out on my printer and just stare and look and figure out if the new pillows go with the existing story and take my work into a new direction all at the same time. The first line was a random collection of designs which I loved, and this time, I hope to be a little less frantic and actually plan them to coordinate better. The first line was about getting them out–this time I think it is about coming up with things that speak to me today–which of course will change tomorrow, thus hard to choose but honestly if I open it up and print it and I get excited, I know it is going to be a good one. The others I just save, and rework and redo until I feel done.

I did up logo for a dear friend for her new shop–a funky cool eclectic shop…and found my ASHLEY PINE pillow in STITCH today while searching for cording at Joannes Fabrics. I sent a few pillows to Colorado a while back and excited to see the pillow in the mag! Very nice and a huge thank you to STITCH for including me.

I also did up a ETSY banner/Logo/Seal for a local soap maker that is making her way to ETSY! So below you will find her shop banner..(I love doing these). I will post more about her once she is up and running. She showed me the seal that she uses directly on the soaps and it looked amazing. So much more on this amazing lady and her soaps that make my studio and my hand bag smell lovely!

The next post hopefully will be finally taking all the pics of Ary’s little T PARTY and creating a little sample of her amazing day! Everything was perfect and she had a blast and YES tea was poured and smiles were all around. Love throwing parties—I was a little crazed getting ready–I have had a ton of projects / design work with clients and etsy sales etc. that I did not do much planning–just collecting of stuff and a whirlwind cleaning house decorating madness the day and night before. (famous for last minute madness). I wish life was not like that here but seems like I react to what is ahead, day by day. If I operated on any other frequency I am sure with so much going on I would go totally insane. Denial is a good thing:)BUT I am going to try to be better at making lists and sticking to a weekly plan of attack. The little voice in my head is saying “write it and post it on your wall so you don’t forget what is important.” I am on it.

Also a very amazing designer, Laurie Wisbrun, another surface, textile designer contacted me to be in her next how to book:
The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric is a practical and comprehensive handbook that walks readers through the entire fabric design and printing process. (Sounds like I needed this book a year or two ago while Mas and I were researching silk screening–) we could of really used a practical HOW TO book for sure! She asked for a few images so hopefully they will make it in somewhere. Thanks Laurie for FINDING me! I was honored to be contacted and have been a huge fan of her work. Please check her out! Amazing stuff.

I hope to post what the final picks are for the new pillows–Mas was smart and just gave me a little advice since it has been so so long since I printed a new design. He said, “just do a few, you don’t have to totally do a whole new line–just add a few that are really great..” So there. I guess I hope to just do that.

Nite nite…e






okay–this week was lovely… Real Simple Magazine put the hand screened bark cloth print in the Mag under deals and well, we have had a ton of orders and a lot of hits–thank you so so much! WIND is out there in the world in a BIG way thanks to this amazing Mag and amazing April Hardwick (amazing writer who got me in Country Living and now REAL SIMPLE…)

Another amazing super surprise blurp was that a dear friend sent me a text that my print AU’s “Mrs. Robinson” Raincoat Cotton Zip SPRINT in LEMON is on Page 66 of OCTOBER in COASTAL LIVING!. What a wonderful little solo pic of this bag that I actually picked out for me personally out of all the Mrs. Robinson bags.

Great for AU–I hope they sell like mad for them! I can’t tell you how powerful these little blurps are…such gifts–every single one of them…

Recovering today from ARY Birthday Party Madness–will post that next..it was a perfect raining day for a tea party.

The other thing I wanted to post is a fun poster I was asked to do for a new up and coming fund raiser event presented by the Yarmouth Education Foundation: BLUEJEAN BALL! Music + Food + Dance with Live music from thiswayband! 

xo e







Grandma Vivian

Posted on September 17, 2011

I have been out of my mind busy last two or so weeks–more then normal. Totally behind on all things, but thankful work is sweeping in + the cool days here are telling me that Fall has arrived.

I love to just hunker down and create during the Winter months (let’s face it, this girl loves to work on design anything:)—so many cool projects..two new shapes for bags, round pillows that I am seriously in love with and more prints then I could ever print in 10 years. What to do with them all? I wish I had more time to just burn new screens daily so I can just see them instantly on fabric, wood, paper–what ever. Never enough time but so so thankful.

I have been missing my grandmother who moved to Arizona from here in Maine a lot lately and been finding myself sending her flowers randomly when ever I miss her more then I can bare. Her name is Vivian. I don’t even know how long she has been gone. I think I blocked it out–I think it is 2 years now. Some how her voice smiling on the other end of the telephone as she tells me all about each individual flower, petal by petal, every delicious detail and color makes me a little less sad.

From the time I was a little girl she has been a beacon of light for me. Strong, nurturing and has these sweet gray blue eyes that melt your heart no matter what the circumstances. She just has this way about her that makes me smile, just miss that.

Because I knew somehow that it would be a long time before I saw her again, I talked her into doing a photoshoot with me and Cliff Kucine. (A dear dear friend who captures people amazingly)…I wanted a few shots of us just being together–no kids, no husbands or any other family member. Selfishly I wanted her all to myself…and I wanted to remember that moment. It was funny, as soon as I heard she was moving, I missed her…I was not ready for her to move, or move on or go anywhere for that matter. She moved here to Maine and was here 5 or so years and I loved it. I would visit often and she and I would sit and drink ice tea on her porch. As time went on I did not visit as often being so busy as we all get, but our time spent together was not wasted. We would chat it up for hours…

As a 30 something woman, I really didn’t feel any different holding her hand from the many days as a little girl looking up into her eyes and laughing. You establish a bond between a grandparent..it changes you, fullfills you and makes you whole. Our walks talking would guide me, nurture me, mold me. God how I miss her. I haven’t looked at these pics since she left and finally pulled out this glorious CD of images. I made her a book a few holidays back of all the great shots–but not until now have I really looked at them, or studied them, needing to see her eyes, the wrinkles, her soul. I just wanted or needed to look at them.

Pulling them out made me smile, laugh, remember, cry…but they have been good to see. Thank you so much Cliff for taking the time to capture these moments that I so needed to remember today.

I don’t feel sad often, I rarely get unhappy…but missing someone is like a windy day where you can’t seem to take a breath…where the constant pushing and pulling comes in waves then lingers… soon I will just get on a plane–solo if I have to (total wimp about traveling alone) just be close to her for a weekend to reconnect. Thank God for phones, but I miss her sweet smell of perfume and her laughing eyes by my side. Soon..soon we will drink tea and I will be mesmerized by her strength and beauty, and not while holding a piece of plastic, but holding her hand.

e

 

Aryana is turning 4!

Posted on September 10, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ary is turning 4. I know. Crazy. So cliche but seriously it has gone so fast–where does the time go?
Her little vision to me is dress up + tea. (her latest obsession is mint tea in the morning?) So her little request for a ‘tea party’ party made perfect sense to me.

I just finished this little invite for her and hopefully will screen print some little t-shirts for her friends the day of the party. It is always a highlight for the kids to see us mix ink and print. So so fun.

Looking forward to all the new work I am doing right now and seriously obsessing about what to print and on what.  A lot of  things in the works as far as new licensing opportunities but none are confirms or a done deal at the moment. Seems like they come in waves…and so thankful people are asking for custom designs and graphic design work…keep it coming! These girls need to go to college ! 🙂

Happy Weekend everyone…
Best,
e

Picnic 2011

Posted on September 05, 2011
 Photo By kai paine http://www.yandp.tv/
Left to Right// Olan Boardman from Ktaadn, Eliza Jane Curtis, Jennifer Judd-Mcgee +
myself, Erin Flett + little Breshia out front.

 

PICNIC – music + arts festival was a great success with over 100 vendors nestled in Lincoln Park down town Portland, Maine. It is always my favorite show due to the amazing variety of cool vintage venders as well as friends old and new that are in this unique world of selling their passion–what ever that may be.

Maslen and I hung our newest creation of curtain panels done up in the STACKED DECO repeat pattern as well as brought VERA our vintage dress form that displayed my new hand screened bark cloth bags—

Breshia + Ary (my sweet girls sitting in the photo above) came by courtesy of Mimi (Maslen’s Mum) and stayed for a while and visited our neighbor every other second (Aimsel, dear friend that creates amazing paper journal books that are recycled record albums). It turned out to be a beautiful perfect day before IRENE came through…we all were in homemade denial bliss…

A call out to some amazing designers that I was among…Eliza Jane CurtisOlan Boardman from Ktaadn, and lovely Jennifer judd-mcgee.

I took all but the amazing collage that was taken from  kai paine lovely blog: YOUNG & PRETTY.

Enjoy. e

MUSHROOMS

Posted on September 05, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few of the million images I have taken out on our many walks in the woods lately. I have had ample time with little Ary since B is back in school. Our ritual is to go on our “mommie day” walks and find cool anythings that we find around our home. We have 4 acres of woods behind our home that we explore, walk around and of course, lately climb in since Ary and B both have discovered climbing trees…which is a thrilling and often for me terrifying event. I love seeing them in the trees but, yes..afraid that they will fall and break something. But with both of them, I am finding that they do fall…but bounce up and do it all over again. No broken bones to date. (A great metaphor for life for me really).

But on our most recent walks I have discovered the mushroom. I am so overwhelmed by the simple beauty of these little specs of color in the mist of all the dead leaves and twigs. The ground floor of the woods are deep with many many layers of leaves and branches and due to the large amounts of rain recently..these little gems are popping up everywhere. They force themselves up from the sea of layers…which always inspires me due to all the textures, color and sometimes lack of color. The ridges and detail of every facet of these mushrooms are amazing. My family and Mas (husband) and most likely my kids at this point are over them, or over me obsessing over them…but I find them to be a amazing piece of soft sculpture in this very rough and most of the time hard and rough elements here in our Maine forest. I don’t always share photos of my finds around here but I could not resist sharing these little magic moments.

The prints that I am inspired to create from these images are twig like, sprigs, and round mounds of color and shapes. Doesn’t the yellow just make you happy? In all the mist of browns, and greens…the yellow is a welcome hello to me. They scream…come on in and take a look around. And that is what we did–Ary + me.

xo e

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