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Loop London in London, England is carrying a small, limited-edition collection of my naturally dyed garlands and mobiles. I'm so honored to have my work at Loop. Not only am I an admirer of Susan and her beautiful shop, but this project was truly a gift to work on. The process of making these stretched out over a few weeks. I watched the color stories develop little by little, making adjustments, adding new colors I hadn't planned on, and ultimately giving my creative intentions the space to breathe and expand. This kind of process always results in work I'm most happy with but I don't always have the luxury of working this way. It came at such a perfect time too – during these cold, dark winter months when I can often feel a bit stuck. I have so much love for small, women-owned businesses supporting one another and encouraging our creativity to shine brightly.
If you're in London, you can shop my garlands in person at Loop, or find them in their online shop as well.
Inspired by my love of vintage fairs and exotic markets ~ these new garlands are all naturally dyed with things like crushed Marigold flowers and powder made from the heart of the Logwood tree. Simple curved shapes with raw edges in earthy colors, and a brass bead at the bottom of each hand torn flag. They speak to my nostalgic sensibilities & transport me to another place. I think we could all do with a bit more wonder in the everyday.
I introduced a new item to my shops this week – DIY torn fabric garland kits in Wanderlust and Gypsy color ways. These kits include everything that you need to make one of my 7 foot torn fabric garlands: hand dyed fabric, length of rope, and my tips and techniques for assembly.
I meet people at shows all the time who love my garlands and express interest in making their own. Some of those same people return to shows months or even years later and tell me that they still haven't had time to make one. I know how it is when your intention and desire to make something doesn't come to fruition because of time. Sometimes the thought of collecting or purchasing all the materials involved can be enough to scrap the whole idea. My hope is that these kits will make it easy for those who like to be involved in the making process by putting all the materials you'll need into one reusable block printed cotton pouch. The bonus is that by making your own, you really can 'make it your own' – you can eliminate one of the colors included to customize your palette, or cut the rope in half to make two shorter 3.5 foot garlands instead of one long 7 foot garland.
* Assembly will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. If you'd like to make one of these with children, I'd say that they're best for ages 12 and up – some help or supervision may also be needed.
Lear more about them here: DIY TORN FABRIC GARLAND KITS
One of my Moonlight Garland photos was featured yesterday in a fantastic article about photo styling by Lyndsey James for the Etsy seller handbook. I'm very excited to be mentioned with so many other talented makers. Big thanks to Etsy & Lyndsey!
Here's the article: How to Style Photos That Work All Year-Round