Sunday, August 14, 2016

Felted works of art for your head - Acme Hats by Lauri Chambers

Thanks to a heads up from Sham's Facebook page I went to the San Francisco Crafts Council show last weekend.  Shams showed off a new hat she had purchased from Lauri Chambers of Acme hats. 

 I stopped by this irresistible booth, and saw an AMAZING selection of playful felted hats. 

Many of them reminded me of the best of Dr Seuss illustrations and the world he created. 
  Women were irresistibly drawn to try on the hats.  Lauri guided them unerringly to hats that fit and created flair. 

As a group, all of the folks in the booth voted on which ones we liked best on the other women. I really wanted to see every person walk out wearing a hat, with that big grin still on their faces.
After trying on many, many hats I settled on this black one. 
Lauri doesn't like her photo taken, so she agreed that I could have a photo with the back of her head, which I did. 
Many of the vendors commented that those of us who bought and wore Lauri's hats were "rocking" the hats.  

Here is a little better selfie once I got in my car.  I love my hat.

Look for me in my hat at my next show, in the Paganoonoo booth at Artisty in Fashion,  September 24, 2016, Redwood City, CA at Canada College 10 - 4pm. 

Directions and discount on $10 admission here.  The show benefits the Canada College Fashion Dept (my school), helping to purchase equipment and provide student scholarships. 
At the Paganoonoo booth you will find upcycle fashion sewing pattern/instructions booklets and one-of-a-kind upcycled garments.  Please come, it's a great show with many talented designers selling fashion and accessories.

Maybe I'll pair my hat with one of my favorite Paganoonoo upcycled designs:
Happy Upcycling,  Michelle

Monday, August 8, 2016

Upcycled Fobots! Darling robot creations

I was at the American Craft Council show this weekend in San Francisco and ran across a wonderful booth. It was full of upcycled materials turned into robots. Small darling robots and I wanted to take every single one of them home.

You know I am a sucker for all things upcycled. Nothing tickles me more than seeing other upcycler's artistic creations. 

This is Amy, the talented artist behind these creations. 

Oh the variety!

The booth itself was a work of art. I can't think of a more effective way of displaying these beauties. 
Simply delightful. Thank you Amy! 

Happy Upcycling, 

P.S.  If you are into upcycled fashion then visit my Etsy store.  I sell instructions for my upcycled designs.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Miles Frode, Artist

had the pleasure of meeting Miles Frode, Diane Ericson's son while at a DOL retreat in Ashland, Ore.  

Miles is charming, talented, playful and a true artist.  He came and showed us an amazing variety of work, paintings, textiles and more.

Here is Miles holding my experimental stamping and silkscreening sample from the Design Outside the Lines (DOL) workshop.

I had so much fun that I invested in some hand carved Indian fabric stamps, more about that in another post.
I contacted Miles recently and did something really fun for me and for him.  I sent money and then asked him to pick a variety of his textile work to send back to me.  

Kind of like when I do this with florists, call and say "here's the budget, go crazy", I know I get the biggest bang for my buck by putting the expert in charge. 

Miles went all out and exceeded my expectations, starting with the beautifully adorned shipping box!

Wow!!! and I hadn't even begun to check out the treasures in the box. 
Grinning ear-to-ear I opened the box and found a small work of art a.k.a. a thank you card!

And the Fabric!!!!! The only request I made was colorful with a bit of black and white...
Item #1
 Item #2
 Item #3

And three shots of one larger piece, #4. I adore the colors!

 Item #4, the

pièce de résistance:

 I think this spectacular piece is raw silk.  Goodness, how will I ever decide how to use it?  So many delicious bits but the piece as a whole is especially wonderful.  

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Miles! 
Contact Miles:

And if you are into upcycling clothing, mine:  I sell sewing instructions so that others can duplicate my upcycled designs.
Happy creating!!