Thursday, October 3, 2013

Love the Sign...

I just loved this sign, which is on the door of my classroom, here at the Australian Geelong Textile Arts forum.

Australian Fiber Arts Forum

Hi from Australia.. I'm teaching at The Australia Textile Arts fiber forum in Geelong, Victoria. here are a few shots of some of the marvelous fabrics created by my students, who are now working on patterns for clothing.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Would you believe?

That when I went on search of the Ladies Room at the newly renovated Terminal 2 at the San Diego airport, I came across this.....

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Knits.... in Furniture Fabric

Knits are everywhere.  Here you can see a great fabric, used to cover a couch/sofa. If you look closely, you will see that it is a knit magnified, they sublimated onto fabric.

Ahh... Italian fashion, in furnishings.

Florence at Sunset

Reflections and shadows are constant themes in my photography. Here is Florence (Firenze) in the evening. I am looking at Ponte Vecchio, on the Arno River.

Italian Store Windows

There is nothing quite like window shopping in Italy. I find that if you see something you want to remember, you need to take the photo right away... because if you don't, the window will change.

Mickey and I are taking photos in Firenze (Florence)

This is the inside of a store, looking through the windows. Notice the contrast of old (ceiling) with new (lights).

A great display at Miss Sixty, in Firenze (Florence)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Panoramas of Venice, Venezia

I am so far behind on posting...

In June, I went to the Biennale in Venice. Here are a few panorama shots of San Marco square, taken with my little Canon camera.

the cafes

all parts of the square

just a section of the square

Texture... a trend for Fall/Winter 14/15 Pitti Filati

One yarn display
I just finished two days at the Pitti Filati, which is a trend show for yarns that takes place in Florence Italy, twice a year.

If I had to pick one statement to make, regarding trends, it would be TEXTURE. The yarns are textured, the stitch patterns are textured, and the garments are textured.

Here are a few samples of different ways texture was created in the knit fabrics themselves.

embroidery of sorts, and texture stitches

an assortment


crochet as well

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Creative accident

My new little camera sometimes appears to move itself into am auto creative mode.

Here is a shot I took, with the camera doing its own thing.

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Location:Venice, Italy

Friday, May 3, 2013

Denim Reconstruction

Last weekend, I went to Los Angeles to the Fashion Symposium to cheer my students on. A team of three participated in a denim deconstruction contest. They began with a pair of white denim jeans and a bag full of 'stuff'. They are given 30 minutes to recreate a garment.

Here is Eva, coming down the runway wearing the team's adorable jacket, and carrying a purse that they created by weaving cut strips of the denim cloth.

Behind her is a bathing suit combo created by another community college.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fashion Illustrator in the Pompidieu

Here's a challenge. While in the Pompidieu Museum in Paris last month, I shot a photo os a fashion illustrator's work. She designed for the cover of Annabelle magazine. I have been trying to track her name down, online.
Des anyone know who she is?

I love her work.
Oh yes..... I believe 'she' is a 'she'.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

How do they do it? Drapery in Stone

To me,it is one of the wonders of the world. I teach Fashion History, and thus, we study Greek and Roman costume. So, I am completely boggled by how amazing the stone sculptures of past reveal the drapery of, and the clinging of the cloth. They are after all, ....stone.

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Where am I?

Or, at least, where was I during Spring Break?
See if you can guess before you hit the last photo.

Ok. Here it is.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Upcoming Stitch Painter Project

From a photo taken of an optical design at the Louvre's Decorative Art Museum. I want to see if I can retain the illusion. It looks linear and basically simple, but is it?

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Cool Antique Mannequin

I am behind, as usual, as I am back in the States, and catching up. Here is a shot of a mannequin/dress form from an Antique market in Paris.

If only it would have fit in my suitcase.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Art and Cultural Sites of Paris

If you want culture, then, this is the place.

At L'Orangerie, you can see large Monet works plus other Impressionist paintings.

Stroll through the Tuilleries....

En route to the D'Orsay, where you can view amazing art in an old train station.

And, at the Pompideu Center, you can find the best modern art collection (in my opinion), in the world.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Live from the Louvre

What can I say?
I am like everyone else, enthralled by a painting.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Another Crazy Sign

At the Sunday Farmer's Market in Ojai, California.
A sign by the Bluegrass band stage.

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Fashion as art, or is it?

I thought this T-shirt was a possible Italian take on the city of Los Angeles.

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Location:Lucca, Italy

Words Around Us

Happy New Year!
I've been going through my photos from the past year and have to smile at the many interesting use of words I see on the street, and in public places. So here we go. Starting in Barcelona, Spain.

The Museum of Art

One of the doors at Gaudi's famous church, Sagrada Familia, still being constructed, having commenced in 1882.

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