Archive for the ‘fabric’ Category


The Chanel Rainbow collection pops from the pages of all of the Spring fashion magazines. The Daily Beast called it a “painterly print featuring every possible colour on the colour wheel. The final dresses, which were fashioned in this print, were a particular standout and were pieced together using fabric strips, lace, ruffles, and pleating.”

Do you think Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the Stroppel Cane, when he designed the center top and pants?

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amaltheeAmalthee is the collaboration of a creative visual artist and a contemporary jewelry artist. Living in the south of France they work from home but describe their small universe as wide open to the world. Being drawn to ethnic jewelry and the soft drape of gauzy fabrics, I spent a great deal of time at Amalthee de-stressing before the turkey hit the oven.

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DSCN2370One of the beautiful fabrics that we saw at the fall furniture market was this printed velvet at Sherrill Furniture, reminiscent of William Morris and the Art Nouveau style. There are several color combinations included in this fabric that are now on my TO DO list.

The predominant color was still orange, the 2012 color of the year, but this time toned into bittersweet.


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dolceegabbana_392x0The cover of Vogue Gioiello jumped out in a sea of predictable magazine covers. It was a wow moment…page after page of beautifully crafted jewelry and months of inspiration…all for…gulp $17.95. I debated for about…two seconds…and then ‘you’ll be sorry if you don’t buy me’ won out.  I felt better this morning, when I found the same issue on Ebay for $26.95.

While the first featured item is not jewelry, it tells the story of a trendByzantine.  The complete magazine is online so…set aside some time for browsing all of the ‘trends’…you will be captivated.

vogue iconic style

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kelly neddermanKelly Nedderman’s training as a textile designer is apparent in her work. “Every time I sit down at my bench, I strive to combine my passion for metal with my passion for pattern, repetition and textures. Many of my jewelry pieces contain my own hand made paper that I have screen-printed and manipulated. They are then set under vintage eyeglass, microscope or camera lenses, which serve to protect, enhance, distort and magnify them. In this instance, the surface is contained and protected. Additional pieces have focused on bringing the surfaces to the outside, thereby creating a unique tactile experience for the wearer. The contrast between surfaces is what I find most appealing.

Kelly’s website is a work in process, but you will find more of her work here and here.

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fringe-4The new Marie Claire issue arrived yesterday and I noticed links to a new app…Netpage!!! AMAZING This is a bloggers dream app. Find an image in Marie Claire…open Netpage…clip…and send it wherever. I quickly clipped 5 pages and sent them to my email address…and VOILA…INSTANT POST PHOTO. Well…not quite instant. I tweaked some of the photos and converted them from pdf to jpg…but certainly much faster than a trail of dead ends in search of a photo to share. BTW…fringe is very in…more on that later.

ebroidered jacket

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laurie pollpeter eskenaziWhen I saw the Vases with Attitude by Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi I immediately thought of my diminutive Irish grandmother. What she lacked in size…she had in attitude… “Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi’s pottery is inspired by the traditional needle crafts made by women in the 19th and early 20th century.  Using a combination of wheel throwing, coil, and slab techniques she transforms vintage designs into contemporary stoneware.  The work is somewhat spontaneous.  She strives for a non-manicured organic look, by layering impressions taken from vintage lace, buttons, and hand made stamps.”


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