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Building Blocks

Building Blocks

We build and we build.... but at some point it will all come tumbling down. How long do we let a pile grow? After what time should we let it all go? Things to consider for sure.... For now, lets talk about building pattern upon pattern. Scale and balance, it all comes down to that. The circles and dots are repeated, the size narrows accordingly and naturally the smaller dots work up the vest visually via the buttons to become the swirl of embroidery around the neckline. A natural transition. The shoes echo the design, the bag has squares the...

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Don't get ruffled by ruffles

Don't get ruffled by ruffles

Ruffles can be a difficult detail for many women. They associate them with little girls or being too feminine. However, a well placed ruffle can be your best friend, adding fullness or distraction as desired. A ruffle on a 3/4 sleeve can bring attention to your bracelets and also lengthen a sleeve that sits at an awkward length, one so short it keeps ridding up to sit in the fold of your elbow. how annoying! A ruffle on the neckline can soften the angles and lines of your face pulling attention away from perhaps a bit of aging, or call...

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Painting is our Passion

Painting is our Passion

Painting on clothing is no different than a painting on canvas...well except for the many more steps involved and the inherent difficulties of the surface and the consistency of the materials. Pricing then becomes a factor....should an artist whose paintings sell for several hundred dollars each, be expected to accept less for work done on a wearable surface? The time involved is greater than a canvas, albeit the details are somewhat less because of the surface and materials. The detail work could increase, but then the fabric becomes embedded with the paint, ends up being stiff and uncomfortable, could flake...

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Color Combinations

Color Combinations

I read an article yesterday in which an interior designer said she likes colors to be unsettling, they should fight each other to create visual interest in a room. Don't know about you, but I prefer calm and companionship in my home and my wardrobe. That is why we don't go all crazy in our creations, our colors, patterns, and details will coordinate so you don't have to wonder "does this look good together?" Artists need to understand composition and the elements of visual organization...our pieces are created by an artist, if the pieces don't work, they get re-worked. You...

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Spring Cleaning / Reworking

Spring Cleaning / Reworking

We can sometimes find a new piece in our existing wardrobes by reworking the construction or combining parts. Our former "Messy Dress" was taken apart and the skirt portion turned around 180 degrees so the back is now the front. Lower pockets, easier access by a back zipper and a whole new top in a dress cut rather than an awkward tank top. This is just one example. We also did this to a jacket that was never well received, but now it is fun and functional. Watch for that one soon!

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