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Scarlett and Maria accessories are designed for adult use. Scarlett and Maria accessories should NEVER be worn by any person 12 years or younger.

Storms, floods, droughts, stinging insects, UV rays - Nature is dangerous, alive, free. As a mere human, I have no control. Liquids flow through my fingers, stick and get on everything; hard things break, shatter, resist. Fabric obeys. Fabric I can command. In fabric, I have control, a say, a voice. With fabric I can paint my own little Eden, nature in all her beauty but safe from her treachery.

I am an indoor girl, a city girl, a girly girl. I don’t like dirt, I don’t like bugs. I love fabric. When I meet people I am drawn to the fibers they are wearing before their faces. I can’t make eye contact, too busy examining necklines, seams, colors, lines. The palettes that resonate the most with me…

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  • Born on June 2
  • Joined June 5, 2010

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bright colors, vintage fabrics, vintage buttons

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Scarlett and Maria accessories are designed for adult use. Scarlett and Maria accessories should NEVER be worn by any person 12 years or younger.

Storms, floods, droughts, stinging insects, UV rays - Nature is dangerous, alive, free. As a mere human, I have no control. Liquids flow through my fingers, stick and get on everything; hard things break, shatter, resist. Fabric obeys. Fabric I can command. In fabric, I have control, a say, a voice. With fabric I can paint my own little Eden, nature in all her beauty but safe from her treachery.

I am an indoor girl, a city girl, a girly girl. I don’t like dirt, I don’t like bugs. I love fabric. When I meet people I am drawn to the fibers they are wearing before their faces. I can’t make eye contact, too busy examining necklines, seams, colors, lines. The palettes that resonate the most with me are the vintage palettes of the 50s, 60s, and 70s and also combinations from Japanese art.

My pieces represent to me, a moment of still perfection in a raging unpredictable world. There is precious little I can wield power over in my environment. But in my little fabric garden, I pull the strings.

Eleanor Kurtz first became enamoured with fiber and fashion in middle school where she grew up in St. Charles, Missouri. She learned sewing from her Mother and Grandmother so she could make her very own “gothic” clothing, and created her own line of dresses in her twenties. But tailoring never suited her as much as the details, trims, pin-tucks, and other flourishes. Fashion took a back seat to her Tae Kwon Do and fitness training when she earned her First and Second degree Black Belt. Despite holding a degree in accounting, studying nutrition, learning and performing belly dance, creating cardio-kickboxing routines, and becoming a well liked cashier, none of these satisfied her as a career. The ubiquitous urge to create art and fashion kept driving her to go into business for herself. Clothing seemed like the obvious first choice, until a dress called for a flower embellishment. A book of fabric flower patterns introduced her to Kanzashi, the Japanese art of folding fabric. Persevering through months of experimentation she developed and modernized her own technique based on the traditional handicraft that originated with the Geishas of the Edo period. She has been making and marketing her original accessory and art designs for four years and is a member of the St. Louis Craft Mafia. She created two runway fashion shows through RAW: Natural Born Artists and does custom work for weddings, dancers, and nonconformists.

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