Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Alice in Wonderland ...It's What I Feel Like Most of the Time

Finished making another book this morning with the theme of Alice In Wonderland. Alice has been on my mind lately. I ran across these words and it spurred me...

"Who are YOU?" said the Caterpillar.
"I . . . I hardly know, Sir, just at present," Alice replied, rather shyly.
"At least I know who I was I when I got up this morning, but I think I must
have changed several times since then."

I know just what you mean Alice.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Baby Book and Altered Art Bird Book

Cover of Baby Book

Some inside pages - used a lot of vintage wallpaper in this book

I love this image of the girl and boy

These are my favorite pages

This red mesh stuff comes around wine bottles - I think?

Old popcorn bag container

And that's it. I have been using my new redone studio all day today. My words are short, because I am visually worn out. Too dark a day to take studio pictures. Will try tomorrow, because it is really something.

Hope you have a beautiful, restful day.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Sister Designer for Michael Kors

If you did not read my post last week about my incredibly artistic family, you might have missed out on one important part of the story. When I started my business in 2008, the one thing people kept saying to me over and over again was...

"This sounds so perfect for you, because you are so creative."

And I would kinda laugh in my head. Me? Creative? You must be confusing me with my family. But, after thinking about what some of my relatives do, I know why I like my job. Because I was raised in a household of highly creative folk.

So, my oldest sister, Karen, is the designer for a line called Michael Kors. Maybe you have heard of it? She designs the Michael line. Having worked for the likes of Liz Claiborne, Tahari, Tommy Hilfiger, Jones New York and a slew of others, she has paid her dues and worked extremely hard to get to this point.

I remember her selling clay animals on the driveway of our house in Stamford, Connecticut. Her paintings and watercolors were framed and used as art in our house.

She can draw.
She can paint.
She has an eye.

Kinda hard to think you can beat this. She is the oldest child. And she forged the way for all of us to sort of find our creative spirit.

She does not like to tell people what she does or talk about her job. She would probably be mad that I wrote about her - typical New Yorker. The one thing I have on my side is that she is so busy that she will never see this AND I am not lying here . . . she does not know how to get to my blog. I send her the link, and I get voice mails saying she is trying to get onto it, but can't figure it out.

Karen...you set the bar.

Handmade Books That Will Make You Quiver With Delight

Now tell me....do you get as excited about seeing Cherry Blossoms as I do?

Do handmade books make you squeal with delight?

Maybe. Maybe not.

But maybe if you look at this very talented bookbinder you might change your mind.

I was glancing through Facebook one day when one of the artists I love the most, Charlotte Lyons, whose website you can visit here, happened to have a picture of this artist's work on her page.

I opened it. And low and behold....the world of Katie Gonzalez and her company, Linen Laid Felt opened up before my already teary eyes (yes, teary - I did mention I love the Cherry Blossoms, no?).

I did SOMETHING I never do. I ordered something right then and there, I contacted the artist, told her I wanted a custom book, and we talked and I was elated. How often does this happen?

I ordered a book for Lucy with a special inscription on it that says, "The words of Lucy Hughes" or something like that. I want to be able to write down all the funny things she says and what better place to put them in than a book of this quality? And how much did this cost me? A mere $40.00. That's right. Now why in the world would you not invest in this type of craftsmanship?

So here is how you can contact Katie Gonzalez:

BLOG: http://linenlaidfelt.blogspot.com/
ETSY SHOP: http://www.etsy.com/shop/linenlaidfelt
or become her friend on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LinenLaidFelt
and lastly, email her, which is what I did....linenlaidfelt@gmail.com

Hope you enjoy checking out her blog and reading about her as much as I have. Truly, I love handmade things.