new moon

New Moon watercolor painting by Phoebe Stout for Untold Imprint
New Moon printed sweatshirts by Untold Imprint
New Moon shirt in Obsidian by Untold Imprint
New Moon sweatshirt by Untold Imprint in Cloud Grey

I started painting this print on November 6th, 2018. There was something about the energy and excitement of the day made me feel so deeply that I should start working on a new pattern. It turned out to be a historic day for women, and for our country – a new beginning.

One of my favorite quotes is by Arundhati Roy ~ “A new world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” I think of it so often these days, and had it playing on a loop in my head on November 6th and 7th. A new world is truly on her way, led by the most inspiring and courageous women.

I sat with the start of this painting over the holidays, revisiting it – letting my thoughts wander, my body feel. I generally work this way. I’ll start a new pattern and then over the course of a few days, or sometimes weeks, I think about it and let the painting evolve slowly, adding to it and revising. This one led me to the new moon, a time of rebirth. I set an intention for finishing it on the weekend of January 5th, 2019 and cut my screen to begin printing the following week. It all felt so right and good, as if pieces were falling into place. I don’t ever print a pattern that I don’t love, but there are sometimes patterns that I feel more connected to than others. This is certainly one of them. I hope it will bring to you all the positive vibes and faith that it has sparked in me.

New Moon celebrates new beginnings ~ brought forth by the creative, wise, and intuitive energy of our cosmic mother.

The start of my ‘New Moon’ pattern with the names of just some of the incredible, awe-inspiring women who ran for office on Nov 6th.

The start of my ‘New Moon’ pattern with the names of just some of the incredible, awe-inspiring women who ran for office on Nov 6th.

being at squam

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needle book and pouch by Karen Stevens

needle book and pouch by Karen Stevens

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with two of my favorite fellow makers Ashley Procopio & Karen Stevens at the Squam Art Fair

with two of my favorite fellow makers Ashley Procopio & Karen Stevens at the Squam Art Fair

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Oh so honored to have these two friends ~ Loretta Kretchko & Meg McElwee ~ wearing their Untold Imprint tees and vintage amulet necklaces.

Oh so honored to have these two friends ~ Loretta Kretchko & Meg McElwee ~ wearing their Untold Imprint tees and vintage amulet necklaces.

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I heard stories, saw photos, and have even been attending the Art Fair for the past several years, but it’s so true – you don’t fully understand what Squam is, and how special the place and people are until you experience it. Something happens in those woods by the lake that’s difficult to put into words. It’s almost as if you’re granted permission upon entering to just ‘be’. No shoulds, no obligations, no judgments, no To Do lists – just being there in that quiet, beautiful place, in exactly the way your heart and body feel comfortable being there. If I wanted to skip breakfast and sit on the dock to stitch for two hours in the morning, that’s exactly what I did. It felt freeing and nourishing and so easy. And amidst all that ease was sewing, knitting, creating, laughing, learning and heart-to-heart chats. Simple things with profound effects. So now that I know the magic of Squam, it would be impossible not to return and reconnect with the kindred spirits I met and the brilliance of nature that embraced me.

Thank you to my teachers Ann Wood and Karen Stevens for inspiring me and sharing their incredible gifts. And deepest gratitude to Elizabeth Duvivier and Meg Fussell for creating a space that allows all who enter to just BE.

water's edge

Water's Edge painting by Phoebe Stout for Untold Imprint
Water's Edge Organic cotton tee by Untold Imprint
Water's Edge tank dress by Untold Imprint

My spirit found home among great trees, at a water's edge.

I was looking for a quote about nature to accompany my new print and then it struck me – why not write what I feel about nature? So I did. My spirit truly did come to life when I left the city and rediscovered how much I love nature. The feelings that nature evokes led me to start my altar collection back in 2016, it led me to adopt Alice, and it has given me a deep sense of connection to the world, both near and far.

Squam Art Fair will be my first market of the Fall season and I'll have tees & towels with this new print to celebrate the magic of Squam. 

Until then, enjoy these last weeks of summer and all that nature inspires.

full heart

Full Heart Altar watercolor painting by Phoebe Stout of Untold Imprint
Full Heart printed tank by Untold Imprint
Full Heart tees by Untold Imprint
Full Heart Wall Hanging by Untold Imprint

Some days I have to remind myself just how lucky I am for all the good in my life. I can get stuck focusing on what I haven't accomplished yet, all the things that I haven't done, places I haven't seen. In a world where social media is so prevalent, it's an easy trap to fall into. But when I notice those thoughts of doubt and inadequacy taking over, and redirect my thoughts to all that I do have and what I have created, I feel truly lucky and blessed – and proud too. Always at the top of my gratitude list is my niece – she brings more joy to this world than I thought possible. When I sat down to paint an altar representing my gratitude for her, and the countless other things in life that make all the negative thoughts melt away – the first image that came to me was a full heart. I could feel it bursting with love and happiness, and I could picture the garlands, streamers, and bountiful flowers, heralding a celebration. You know that feeling you have when you're filled up to the brim and are at peace with what is? We have to hold on to those feelings and keep them near so that on tough days that aren't so filled up we can draw on their energy to pull us though. This full heart altar is a gentle reminder to be grateful everyday for all that we have. 

I'm printing, dyeing, and stitching up lots of new things for Squam Art Fair this Saturday at Rockywold Deephaven Camps in Holderness, NH. I'll have Full Heart Altar wall hangings, cards, & tanks at the fair. It seemed fitting to make these for Squam, since it's a place that always fills my heart.

Gratitude to all of you who help fill it too. 

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