I was dressing my loom last night for a woven piece that I will be creating for VFW...I know, I know, I'm cutting it close but good things happen when I'm under pressure.
So of course, because I'm doing about a million things at once (felting, dyeing, wrapping hundreds of marbles for shibori, emailing, etc...) I had a threading mistake. Don't worry, it's fixed and it wasn't hard to correct but annoying.
I'm finding that preparing for a fashion show includes many details that I had never really thought of...like picking music, background projection, accessories, models! Eeep. It's actually really exciting and a bit nerve racking...luckily I have a particular vision in mind so it's just a matter of finding things to fit that vision.
I also wanted to post a reminder that I will be at Portobello West on Sunday. Please come by and say hello, I will be the one sleeping at my table.
Ok, so here is the big news that I have been holding back on until finalizing the details...I will be debuted a small collection of my work at Vancouver Fashion Week! Yay! I'm part of the Emerging Designer runway show.
I'm really excited about this but also a little overwhelmed since this is happening very quickly. But with much thought, I came to realize that this is a great opportunity to see my work on live models! And that's very exciting to me.
So, as you probably can guess, there is a lot of work to be done so I must go. But if you are in the Vancouver area, my work will be on the runway on November 4th at 630 at the Empire Landmark Hotel.
Some more news...if you are looking for some of my woven super soft scarves, they will be available at The Cross Decor and Design in Yaletownstarting in November. Yay! You will def see the Janna scarf there. It's a really beautiful store, so I hope you check it out!
I have some exciting things coming up that I can't wait to tell you about...I have to wait just a few more days for things to be finalized but in the meantime some news I can share is that a really rad store here in Vancouver will be carrying my line of felted/shibori/magnet closure neck pieces (they are made of super soft hand dyed merino and silk chiffon) starting next week! Yay! So if you ever find yourself in Gastown, please check out GentilleAlouette.
It's no secret that I love grey. I've written in the past how it makes me feel and why I love it so much so it only makes sense that it's a constant theme in my work.
I'm working away on my new shop, on some new items for Portobello, promotional things and well, everything else like taking pictures.
Above: the Vancouver Grey scarf. It's made of cozy hand spun merino with some alpaca and silk in there. It's subtly ombred (hand dyed). Perfect for the upcoming winter months, I've already started wearing mine around town. This will be available in my shop over at big cartel as well as at Portobello on October 31st.
I've started preparing for my next date at Portobello West--which happens on Halloween. I'll be working on some new woven and nuno felted goodies and possibly a woven accessory for men (hand dyed woven tie made of alpaca silk maybe?) I'll see where the inspiration takes me in the studio.
In the meantime, this is a piece that I did a bit ago. The dress is made of silk organza--the design was made using a process called sericin removal, hand dyed and using a folded shibori technique. The pieces you see around the waist and around the shoulders are panels I created using the nuno felting technique, shibori as well and its held together by rare earth magnets so that you can change the shape and decide how you want to wear it.
I'll be back with another update soon--maybe with a preview on some Portobello items. Oh and with some very cool news that I'm just finalizing the details on.
On the latest cover of American Craft is work by fibre artist and weaver Kay Sekimachi. I'm always on the lookout for new inspiration and when I saw Kay's work, it really made stop and appreciate that natural palette she uses. Her latest work is making woven jewelry using found objects. It really spoke to me since the last little while I have been busy collecting feathers, shells, stones and other misc. pretty things. I'm not quite sure what to do with it all but for now I just like looking at it...really looking--noticing the small colour variations, shape, texture, line...
On another note, my friend Janna is up to her usual awesomeness by starting a Fibre Club to raise money for the Fibre program she is in. The money goes to help pay for things like a grad catalogue and student exchanges. One thing I know for sure is Janna's love of beautiful material and inspiring colour combinations so you're in for a real treat if you sign up!
I've been following Kate's new blog about her recent Kyoto trip. Lucky lady, she was served coffee by Hiroyuki Shindo!!! Imagine that! Her blog is so well written and there are some really pretty pictures on it...hope you'll go over and check it out.
I'm focusing on healing my back at the moment...it seems I've pulled something yet again. Ouchie. So I'm laid up on this rainy day with a heating pad and pain killers.
I'm really loving these spool vases from skujeniece!
My friend Janna just got one of her beautiful knit designs published, check it out! Janna was known for taking knitting needles to class (especially art history) and walking out wearing something she just knit during the lecture. A beautiful and talented knitter indeed.
I'm Ana Isabel. I'm a fibre artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. My focus is on hand making all my fabric, dyeing by hand and then make wearables out of the results. I post about my work and what inspires me.