Archive for the Artistry Category

HotPattern’s Breton aka French Fisherman’s Shirt

I loved the idea of this pattern, cause I love this classic shirt….anyone who’s anyone has worn it: So it naturally peaqued my curiosity when HotPatterns came out with their rendition of the Breton/French Fisherman’s shirt. Here’s my video of the shirt.

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Artists and Dopamine

What in the world is dopamine? And what in the world does this have to do with being an artist? Yes, students, this is today’s class on something that may seem so far afield that you may think you’re visiting another planet.  We’re still on Earth, I […]

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Artist Schmartist

So why is it so important to be “labeled” an artist and why do I make such a fuss about this. Very simple:  it helps explain and describe the process you go through. A lot of my students come to me with frustration and thinking that they […]

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How to Make the Jump from a Sewing person to Artist

Rocky the flying squirrel:  Holy Smokes Bullwinkle – we can’t make this jump!  I’m not an artist! Bullwinkle the Moose:  That’s OK Rocky, its not as big as you think! And you know it’s really not.  As a matter of fact, you’re probably already there and don’t […]

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Timelessness and Tastelessness

They don’t really seem compatible,  but it’s sort of like Yin and Yang – they kinda feed on each other, in a quirky sort of way. First from the Timeless Department: I’ve loved Oscar de la Renta since I first started sewing and he has a great […]

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My Fashionista Past (and Present)!

Many times I’ve talked about how you can sew to drive even the most ardent fashionista green.  It’s true. I know. I did it for years.  I still do it today. While I was in the waning stages of my apprenticeship under my mentor, I was sewing […]

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YSL – The Retrospective

March 25th – the exhibit at the Denver Art Museum will open the only US venue for the Yves Saint Laurent – The Retrospective.  I’m so excited, cause there’s a chance I might be passing through Denver, and will definitely see the show and make a report […]

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Questions on Croquis

I did a little video on how to use and what value a croquis can be.  The most important thing to remember is that this is a process and as such it is ongoing.  IOW, do NOT expect to get the design right the first time.  The […]

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Artists and who are they?

I’ll admit.  I have a passion for bucking the status quo and changing things up a bit.  OK, maybe it borders on being a little obsessive, but I think it’s still normal….I think!!! As a little background, most of you know my “run-in” with the local Home […]

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About Fashion and Art/Artist

I’ve said many times that your work as a sewist and design is that of an artist….hence the sew+artist=sewist that I use so many times to refer to what I do as well as what I teach. And although this is immensely logical for me, having read […]

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