Friday, April 29, 2011

Native American nod.

I have always had a fondness for everything Native American, and started collecting Navajo rugs in the early 1980's.
This quilt is made entirely of Japanese fabrics, some woven Daiwabo, all 100% cotton. The cross on the middle is a loosely woven hand dyed textile, and I chose to leave some of the selvedges exposed.
The backing is from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley line.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Linda Mason- make up artist turned fine artist.

What an honor for me. Way back when all of Britain was preparing for the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, I was honored to work with Scottish make up artist Linda Mason. She could do beautiful traditional make up, like for a British Vogue cover we did with Barry Lategan, but even then was pushing the limits. One job we did for Bazaar was with Art Kane, white face with a painters pallet of colors splashed on my face, and it is one of my favorites.
Last year she invited me to be photographed along with other contemporaries, (i.e. women of a certain age), and this was the outcome. I am so thrilled and honored- I may have to show my true colors and buy my own portrait!Perhaps a quilt swap? So vain... but, seriously- when will I ever look like that again.
The experience was exhilarating and she really encouraged me to be myself for the picture. The funny thing was I had to go to a big fancy Christmas party in the city that night, and I still had green paint in my hair. I felt very downtown. Thank you, Linda for such a great time.
Check out her book,Makeup for Ageless Beauty: More than 40 Colorful, Creative Looks for Women 40 and Over .

Monday, April 18, 2011

'70's remix.

This vintage quilt top, found on ebay for a song, was made in the 1970's, and left for me to finish in 2011. I love the odd fabric choices and the giant log cabin motif. My kind of quilter... whoever you are. New life for a great piece.
The fabric for the backing is from British designer Cath Kidston
The "David Bowie" chair I shot it on was given to us by our great friends, Ronnie Stam and Jan Eleni. They call it that because he was photographed on it a few years back. A Glam rock chair for a '70's quilt top with a fab UK backing. Jennifer Paganelli's Sis Boom fabrics, always with a retro flair, were perfect for the binding.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fandango follies.

I bought a Kate Spain Fandango (Moda) "layer cake" to experiment with- and look at what I cooked up!
This 10 Minute block was fun and easy and perfect for 10'' squares.
And it won't blow your diet! Enjoy...