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My most favourite thing of all is to have hours of unstructured time with no responsibility. In these times I feel most creative, pondering old folk patterns, reading up on seed saving and successive planting, knitting or spinning with girlfriends, cutting up old embroidered table linens and felted sweaters, reading up on art therapy for my classes, baking bread and learning to play classical guitar.

In my designs I reconstruct garments paying close attention to the existing details from previous tailoringand using as many of these components as possible. They are elements that inspire my creativity. Sometimes an entire piece will start from a single strip of old-fashioned buttons, or a hand embroidered edging. Hand-work and vintage techniques have special appeal to me since nobody seems to have the time to do these anymore. I incorporate these into my patterns because I believe that it…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 2
  • Joined September 8, 2008

Favorite materials

felted wool, silk embroidery, natural found objects, cast iron, natural linen, distressed woodwork, Liberty of London fabric, Lanz flannels, Harris Tweeds, hand embroidered pillowcases, Scandinavian, folk patterns, antique lace

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About

My most favourite thing of all is to have hours of unstructured time with no responsibility. In these times I feel most creative, pondering old folk patterns, reading up on seed saving and successive planting, knitting or spinning with girlfriends, cutting up old embroidered table linens and felted sweaters, reading up on art therapy for my classes, baking bread and learning to play classical guitar.

In my designs I reconstruct garments paying close attention to the existing details from previous tailoringand using as many of these components as possible. They are elements that inspire my creativity. Sometimes an entire piece will start from a single strip of old-fashioned buttons, or a hand embroidered edging. Hand-work and vintage techniques have special appeal to me since nobody seems to have the time to do these anymore. I incorporate these into my patterns because I believe that it adds a unique element to each piece, from a now obsolete moment in time.

Boro, a Japanese word meaning “tattered rags,” frequently used to describe lovingly patched and repaired cotton bedding and clothing, to last much longer than the normal expected life cycle, also peaks my interest. Like early North American patchwork quilts, boro textiles revealed much about the Japanese family's living standards and the nature of the economy of their time. Many of the antique textiles I employ reveal endearing attributes of the maker or wearer of the original garment- how it was worn or used, what techniques, and materials. This reveals history in a most fascinating way for me.

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**All of the vintage and reclaimed materials used in my garments are meticulously washed prior to construction. In summer, fabrics may be line dried in the fresh mountain air of the Slocan Valley.

**All woolen materials are initially felted in hot water before construction, but take care as further shrinking may occur with subsequent washings. Please wash woolens by hand or on a gentle cycle with cool water and lay flat or hang to dry.

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These lovely folks currently carry my wares:
The Craft Connection on Baker St. in Nelson BC
Talisman in Revelstoke, BC

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I am a member of 2 teams:

MAKE- Makers and Artists of the Kootenays on Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/teams/8018/make-makers-and-artists-of-the-kootenays
http://kootenaymakers.com/

EcoEtsy
http://www.etsy.com/teams/6352/eco-etsy?ref=pr_teams
http://ecoetsy.com/

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