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Somerville Open Studios

Dress created for 2022 Beyond the Pattern (in progress)

Somerville Open Studios occurs the first weekend in May (This year, it’s April 30-May 1, 2022). It’s a chance for the hundreds of artists living and working in Somerville to open their homes, studios or participate in group shows and marketplaces. SOS, as it’s affectionately known, had to be cancelled in 2020 and ran as a limited, mostly online event in 2021. This spring, the it returns with 300+ artists sharing open studios and outside markets and open backyards.

Fabrics and Homegoods by Eleanor Ramsay at Spoonflower

The Beyond the Pattern fashion show, a lively and popular Open Studios event that I participated in in 2018 and 2019 was cancelled during 2020 and 2021. We’d hoped to have a static display at Bow Market this year, but that was also cancelled. Alas, the spiritual garment I made to show at that display will have to wait. Weather permitting (and it looks like it’s going to be a nice weekend), I will have samples and some work to share on my porch. See the SOS map and calendar for more details about the artists.

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Beyond the Pattern Fashion Show – 2019

This year, I wanted to step up my designing and sewing skills and present at least 4 pieces to the fashion show associated with Somerville Open Studios. I used the opportunity to get over my lack of confidence as a sewist. I’m primarily a surface pattern designer, but couture and costuming has always fascinated me. Collaborating with fellow artist and Open Studios partner, Linda Jung of Studio Chartreux, we created six outfits. Once again, the experience, the other designers and models, and all of the technical folks involved, were great.

Special thanks to models Honey Pie and Goddamn Glenn, Kristina Kehrer, Linda Viens, Mary Greenfield, Sean O’Brien and Linda Jung. I even strutted down the runway, wearing one of my new maximal skater skirts. A joyous and empowering experience in itself.

Photos by Ron Newman for Somerville Open Studios.

See the Collection and purchase the designs on a variety of substrates at Spoonflower.

Spring 2019 Beyond the Pattern Collection

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SOS – 2019

Open Studios Table of art by Eleanor Ramsay

What a whirlwind. Thanks to everyone who came by to check out my latest work and the gorgeous art from Linda Jung and Lisa Phillips Markham. I set a huge challenge for myself creating the outfits for the fashion show and items for SOS. I no longer dread the sewing machine. ?? Feeling good but exhausted.