Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone a lovely holiday season. Stay warm, stay safe and hang out with family... that's what I'll be doing!

BTW, love this idea for a different take on holiday decorating, spotted on Black Eiffel.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Blue Jean Cuff

I have been going in some new directions with my fabric jewelry... I have to keep exploring & experimenting with different techniques to stay fresh and engaged!

I had a great linen jean jacket that I hadn't worn in years but hung onto because it was so unusual and high quality; made in Italy. I tossed it in the washing machine, probably shrinking it a bit but didn't care; it was the easiest way to clean it!

By using all the neat bits and bobs like the button-holes etc. it carries me in it's own direction... I like that. When given a new texture or color palette to work with I come out with a new look naturally...

This is the one I am most happy with so far. It is around my fifth attempt and my thinking is maybe I will try another color field for the next one.... do a monochromatic series... yes, I will try that.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Verner Panton

While I was browsing a thrift store the other day I came across this mid-century modern looking textile, 13 inches x 14 inches, stretched on a frame, ready to hang as wall art. It caught my eye as it was so well executed, I just really liked it and thought it would be a good piece for my vintage shop

A lovely vintage fabric seller, also on etsy, sent an email alerting me to the fact that this was likely a Verner Panton textile and worth some money. I took it off my site for now while I research it's value...

Verner Panton (1926-1998) was born in Denmark. He started his career as an architect and went on to design furniture, textiles and whole room 'environments'. He was influential throughout the 1960's and 1970's during the heyday of the pop art/ op art aesthetic.

He produced a series of these graphic color gradation designs in various forms. They were called the Spectrum Series and produced by the company, Mira-X.

I have sent some photographs to a couple of people who specialize in his work. We shall see what comes of it... All in all I'm pretty sure my $2.99 investment will pay off!

...a little update... this textile was cut from a wider piece, probably with 2 other squares side by side. That is why there is no selvedge edge and therefore no maker's mark. This of course will reduce the value for a true collector. It's still a great piece though!