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reverie

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Reverie Altar watercolor painting by Phoebe Stout of Untold Imprint
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original watercolor paintings by Untold Imprint
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My recent trip to Tulum, Mexico was, in many ways, like a dream come true. Having time away to relax and read on the beach was the most wonderful vacation I could imagine. And then add to that, the beautiful setting, warm people, and all-day sunshine – well, it all feels kind of like a daydream.

I was floating in the ocean one day, looking down at my toes, painted fuchsia red against the gorgeous blue green ocean, and I thought – I need to paint these colors.

I’ll be printing my new pattern, Reverie, on tanks, towels, and cards. They’ll be available soon for my upcoming markets and online shop.

new moon

New Moon watercolor painting by Phoebe Stout for Untold Imprint

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.

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. 

from inspiration to printed textile

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wonder watercolor painting by Phoebe Stout of Untold Imprint
Wonder Altar printed towel in poppy red by Untold Imprint

I grew up with Cicely Mary Barker's beloved flower fairy books on my shelf. I loved looking at all the details in her paintings and would imagine living right there beside those sweet forest folk. When I set out to paint an altar dedicated to the world of imagination, her work was what came to mind first. My 'Wonder' towel was inspired by her Poppy Fairy – partly because poppies are my favorite flower, and partly because I so wanted to do a print in a cheerful poppy red color for Spring. My fairy's wings are hidden in my painting – a nod to Kira in The Dark Crystal, who didn't reveal her gorgeous gossamer wings until exactly the right moment. 

Wonder is available now in my shop as cotton towels in both dusty mauve pink & poppy red

Sleeveless tees are coming soon ...

holiday markets

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It's hard to believe that it's already December and that my last two markets of 2017 are here. I'll be at Kimberton Waldorf Artisan Fair on Friday night from 6 - 10 pm & Saturday from 10 - 4pm. And then on Sunday I'll be at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for Clover Market's first Gifted Market from 11 - 5 pm. Both are perfect spots to do your holiday handmade shopping and have a bite to eat. Find more details on my EVENTS page.

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