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24 Apr
April 24, 2015

i’ve sewn since i can remember. i don’t think there’s ever been a time when there hasn’t been sewing, or cloth, or embroidery, or something sewing related in my house. it’s taken all sorts of forms (mostly clothing, that’s what i studied) but there isn’t an aspect of sewing i won’t try, and most recently, i’ve been interested in modern quilting.

i joined the local modern guild, mainly through a friend, hoping i’d make a few new friends, and maybe find some inspiration to start a new leg of my career- fingers crossed, some kind of textile design.

short back story- when i worked as a designer, Read more →

get outside – carkeek park

22 Apr
April 22, 2015

it’s nice to be hitting that time of year when getting out doesn’t involve rain gear and wellies, or ducking back in the car, waiting out the rain, or worse, finding an inside space that holds their attention for longer than half an hour, more than one day a week (unicorn – doesn’t exist).

yay parks! seattle has such great parks. so many amazing outside spaces with trails, play structures, sand boxes, and fields. we are lucky. one of my faves (when it’s been dry for a bit, and it’s not salmon season) is carkeek’s trail along the creek that goes down to the beach. it’s the perfect length, so that even when you’re wearing thin towards the end, the car isn’t that far away, and you can make it back carrying one kid, and racing the other one.

we did the trail with some friends last week. so many of these images remind me how fast time has passed. the oldest of our kids are a day apart… we were in the hospital next door to each other… man, life changes quick. overnight we became parents together. and through our kids, friends.

so breathtaking – dior and i – movie

21 Apr
April 21, 2015

i’m a little at a loss. i don’t fashion gush much. i think it’s hard to if you’re just a commoner. but… there’s something the-little-girl-inside-you about admiring couture. right? you lived in a small town growing up, didn’t have much, and reading magazines was a peek into another world. it’s nearly… just, cliche. but, i did. i was. all of it. and… i saw this trailer, and it’s… i think i cried the first time i watched it.

i read a book, and if you get a chance, you should too- it was… lovely. and i don’t remember it going in-depth about dior, but that’s kind of where the fascination started (the beautiful fall). then, when i was going through school, galliano was… it. it was him, and mcqueen, they were just doing these collections that… they defied words, and people, and your mind. they were… stunning. so over the top. so… more than any normal person could imagine, and you saw them, and you had a physical reaction to… clothes.

anyway- when galliano went through his shit (so awful- amazing talent, not nice person) and all of sudden, there was no one doing dior, and they kept saying names, and you couldn’t imagine it. and then when they settled on raf. i just remember thinking… really? but how will it be over the top? how will he step up and be more galliano. which was dumb. because he’s brought this… fresh, clean, sophisticated feel. and it’s just so perfect, and still sumptuous. and anyway- this movie caught my eye, and i thought i’d share.

monday motivation – watercolor + calligraphy

20 Apr
April 20, 2015

a good reminder, right? hard to follow, for sure. i’ve spent the last week working on budget and finances, trying to convert over to a new version of quicken. i’ve caught countless errors in my own bookkeeping, and i’ve had to make calls about charges and transactions i’m unsure about. add to that a refinance, and taxes… it’s been… exhausting. so much of being a grown up causes weariness.

anyway- i could do with the reminder that we’re all fighting the fight, or tired of something, and that maybe my outlook needs to be a little more positive. even if i’m not feeling it. choosing to be happy and positive is a constant commitment. i needed a reminder.

i think i’ve got a couple more of these in me. they’re getting a tad easier. and although i haven’t worked out a process that leaves me with fewer dry spots, i’m still enjoying the making of them. and, i will say, i love them as a gift idea. relatively inexpensive, completely customizable, and… handmade? done.

this one is up for grabs! if you want it- comment on instagram, or leave a comment here. i’ll draw a name by the end of the week, and pop it in the mail to you. xoxo-k.

fashion illustration – it’s my darlin

17 Apr
April 17, 2015

i’ve been looking for a way to move towards drawing people again. i used to be really good at it, but add about 11 years of drawing outlines of garments, socks, puppies, flowers, hearts, stripes and dots on a computer, and the skill has… diminished.

fortunately, drawing is like bike riding. maybe that’s not even the right analogy. it’s like… speaking french. you remember some of the words, and kind of how to put them together, but as soon as you hear someone speak it for a bit, and try doing it yourself, it comes back.

i’ve been overly intimidated about drawing a person. i’ve drooled over fashion illustrations for years now, and instead of picking up a pencil, and trying, i’ve talked myself out of it with the but-you-won’t-do-it-as-well-as (insert amazing artist’s name) gem.

so enough. i’ve been drawing random, quick things by hand to get back in the groove. letters, flowers, things that are small, and easy to tackle, things that provide a quick level of satisfaction, and by ratio, a moderate level of success. i’ve been scouring for a person to draw. bloggers, celebs, nothing was interesting. and then i started thinking… local. what i want to represent in a sketch. personal fashion that’s attainable. and i went and re-consumed its my darlin. dana does a great job of capturing seattle style. i always love her eye and what she captures and shares.

so. above is my first person sketch after… about 10 years off. not horrible. not amazing. but so not awful. it looks like a human, which is always a plus when you’re drawing a human. there are bits i’m absolutely pleased with (left foot, !!!), there are bits i’m less pleased with (the rest of it)*. but overall… happy to be sketching again. i’ll be posting illustrations (along with other creative projects), as they’re finished, on fridays. happy weekend!

*if the human represented in the photo sees this- you are LOVELY! i am 100% only dissatisfied with my skill (lack) of representing you with a pencil and paper. i apologize for my inability, and hope you do not take my drawing as any form of insult.

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