It’s steamy out there but I’m trying to stay cool in the studio and have been working on some subtle, classic breezy styles for summer… Wait! who am I kidding!?! I’m creating maximal, over the top patterns that will make you smile and cheer us up! The Y2K revival and 1970s patterns and colors continue to dominate the runway with bold patterns and textures. Next I’ll have to take up crochet. Here’s a few new designs. Visit my Spoonflower store for yardage.
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.
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.
I had the pleasure of creating new CD art for The Very, a very fun indie band I’m a fan of and friends with. Was challenged with creating collages from video grabs and various sources. Very happy about how it turned out and the songs are great. Released in March.
Very Peri is also the name of a shade of Periwinkle that Pantone, the ink/color matching behemoth, has declared the Color of the Year 2022. Since many stylists pay attention to these trends, expect to see a lot of periwinkle and teal or bright green patterns on clothing and homegoods (and sale racks later this fall). Spoonflower always encourages designers to create patterns celebrating the color of the year. I’ve got a collection of designs available in yardage and a variety of homegoods
Since it’s that time of year, I should post about my tea towel calendars. Every year for the past 7 years, I have created a new tea towel calendar. Usually printed on canvas, these kinds of calendars have been collected for at least 100 years by home cooks. They were popular kitchen decorations that, after the calendar year was over, would be replaced by the next new year and added to the pile of tea and dish towels that kept a kitchen tidy. They are still popular, especially for drying dishes and keeping bread warm.
Visit my Tea Towel Calendars And Time Collection at Spoonflower to buy as pre-made tea towels or buy yardage and sew some yourself. .