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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.

wonder

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. 

screen print inspiration & process

photograph of fern used for print inspiration
watercolor painting of fern by Phoebe Stout of Untold Imprint
painting fern pattern with drawing fluid on printing screen - Untold Imprint
Fern cotton towel by Untold Imprint

Since I just shared some images of my block print process, I thought I'd post a few photos of my screen printing process this week. Much of my work is inspired by natural elements that I find on walks. The inspiration for this pattern was a beautiful fern I found in the swamps that border the lake. It measured about 24 inches in length and the finished printed pattern is the same scale. The photos above show my watercolor painting and the in-progress painting of the pattern on the screen with a liquid called drawing fluid. Drawing fluid masks the area of the screen that you'd like to print with so that when you cover the screen with screen filler, the drawing fluid can be washed away and the ink can pass through that area. These new cotton Fern towels will be available in my shop this week, along with another pattern that combines both processes of screen and block printing.

block print inspiration & process

branches
watercolor painting of branches for block print
carving blocks for printing
detail of block carving in process
block printed fabric, naturally dyed with marigold & pomegranate 
block printed, naturally dyed headbands 

It's so rare that I document my process. Most projects end with me thinking - too bad I didn't keep those branches, or photograph my block carving in progress. Well, I'm finally learning from past regrets. Here's a little glimpse into designing my block print patterns ~ from nature's inspiration to finished product (in this case - naturally dyed organic jersey headbands for my Spring markets). 

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