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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.

Find my new Reverie print on tanks, towels, runners , cards & prints.

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.

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 ...

together we rise

Together We Rise original painting by Phoebe Stout of Untold Imprint

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the biggest day of protests in American history. Just writing that gives me the chills and brings tears to my eyes! To all you fellow marchers, and to those who march in spirit, protest outside your senators offices, donate time and money to worthy organizations, write letters, make phone calls, stand up for what is right and just, and are an everyday force of love in the world ~ Together We Rise!

Small prints and cards of my 2018 Women's March poster are available in my shop. 15% of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women's mission statement:
'We are a global champion for the human rights of women and girls. We use our powerful networks to find, fund, and amplify the courageous work of women who are building social movements and challenging the status quo. By shining a spotlight on critical issues, we rally communities of advocates who take action and invest money to empower women.'
 

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P.S. I'll be marching in my sister's town of Hartford, CT this Saturday. If you happen to be there too and see a mermaid poster, come say hello! 

the comfort of old friends

moss covered walls of Central Park near The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

moss covered walls of Central Park near The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

exterior of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on a gray day.

exterior of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on a gray day.

The Little Fourteen-Year Old Dancer  with  The Dance Class  and  Dancers Practicing at the Barre , all by Edgar Degas.

The Little Fourteen-Year Old Dancer with The Dance Class and Dancers Practicing at the Barre, all by Edgar Degas.

detail of  Mada Primavesi  by Gustav Klimt.

detail of Mada Primavesi by Gustav Klimt.

High C (Forte Chanteuse)  by Georges Seurat

High C (Forte Chanteuse) by Georges Seurat

The Album  by Edouard Vuillard

The Album by Edouard Vuillard

Saint Mary Magdalene  or  Holy Woman  | French 1500-1525

Saint Mary Magdalene or Holy Woman | French 1500-1525

detail of  Nasturtiums with the Painting "Dance"  by Henri Matisse.

detail of Nasturtiums with the Painting "Dance" by Henri Matisse.

The Tomb of the Horatii and Curiatii  by Hercules Segers

The Tomb of the Horatii and Curiatii by Hercules Segers

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On a recent trip into New York to visit my niece, sister, and my dear friend from college, I took a few hours and spent them wandering around The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a textile design student in NYC in the 1990s, I would go to the Met on a semi-regular basis with the help of student passes and their amazing 'pay what you wish' entrance fee. Some days I went just to see my favorite painting, which was The Album by Edouard Vuillard. I would sit in front of it for a while and then head home. What a luxury – to be able to have the time and easy distance, to visit this museum whenever my heart desired. Memories of those pre-internet days, when a glimpse of a favorite painting were not a keystroke away, are so dear to me. I loved that in order to research a textile or sculpture, I had to go in person to see it, and then spend hours in the library hand writing notes, which I would type into a finished paper on my little portable word processor. There was a great sense of adventure and satisfaction in the long process. I noticed on this recent visit, that while I still love The Album by Vuillard, it's not so much the painting that I love now, but the vivid memories of how it made me feel on my frequent visits. It's comforting seeing it and being in a place where I spent so much un-rushed time. It's like sitting with an old friend or visiting the home of a beloved relative where you spent content days as a child. Each time I visit The Met as an adult, I find new favorites and am struck by the peacefulness of a place that is always so crowded with people. If you're lucky enough to enter an empty gallery, as I did when I happened upon The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, the stillness and wonderment of being alone in the company of such awe-inspiring art, is a gift that feels bestowed directly from the artists themselves. 

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