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spring markets

block printed organic cotton napkins by Untold Imprint

Outdoor market season has begun. Oh happy day! I'll be at Terrain's Dig Into Spring Festival for the Clover Market Pop Up this Saturday. It's the first of my Spring markets and what a great one to begin with. I'll be set up with 21 of my Clover Market maker friends – plus, there will be food, an outdoor bar, crafts, & children's activities too. Terrain is a beautiful home & garden shop/cafe located in Glen Mills, PA. If you're in the area, please come for a visit. I'll have new things that aren't yet listed in my online shop...
~ organic cotton & hemp, block printed napkins
~ and necklaces made with old amulets from India

Find out where Untold Imprint will be next on my calendar of EVENTS

untold imprint in artful blogging magazine

Untold Imprint naturally dyed scarves on the cover of Artful Blogging Winter 2017
Phoebe Stout of Untold Imprint in the Winter 2017 issue of Artful Blogging by Stampington & Company.
Untold Imprint's Wanderlust Garland, printed cotton towels, and textile jewelry in Artful Blogging magazine.
Untold Imprint eco dyed fabric, block printed hemp napkins, and a collection of antique books in Artful Blogging magazine Winter 2017

In 2011 I went on a road trip with my sister Zoe. Our destination was an outdoor music festival in East Troy, Wisconsin celebrating Pearl Jam’s 20th year of making music. I had just started Untold Imprint a few months prior to the trip and also started writing for my very own blog. The trip was a cathartic journey in many ways, and one of the best experiences of my life. After three days of travel, we arrived in a suburban town near the festival and the rain, which was forecast to clear that evening, was still coming down hard. We decided to wait out the storm in a nearby Barnes & Noble where I picked up a magazine called Artful Blogging for the very first time. The stories in that magazine have stayed with me all these years. They were inspiring and bold and real.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that I’d be sitting with my coffee this morning, reading my very own story in that very same magazine. Even though I wrote the words, I’m reading it with fresh eyes and an open heart today. I’m imagining someone like me, standing in front of that overwhelming selection of periodicals, on the brink of a new creative endeavor – finding something unexpected and resonant within the stories of women on the pages of Artful Blogging.

Thank you to editor Danielle Williams, the entire Stampington & Company team, and all the loyal Artful Blogging readers – it’s an absolute honor to be in the Winter 2017 issue, surrounded by such grace and strength.

Artful Blogging is available at bookstores, newsstands, and online at Artful Blogging Magazine.

beginning of summer natural dyeing

organic cotton gauze & hemp/cotton jersey scarves naturally dyed with avocado & black walnut.

organic cotton gauze & hemp/cotton jersey scarves naturally dyed with avocado & black walnut.

hemp/organic cotton jersey circle scarf dyed with avocado seeds and skins, printed with metallic gold ink.

hemp/organic cotton jersey circle scarf dyed with avocado seeds and skins, printed with metallic gold ink.

hemp/organic cotton jersey circle scarf dyed with black walnut hulls & printed with metallic gold.

hemp/organic cotton jersey circle scarf dyed with black walnut hulls & printed with metallic gold.

Dyeing & eco printing with Godetia flowers.

Dyeing & eco printing with Godetia flowers.

the results of hemp fabric & cotton taping dyed with Godetia flowers.

the results of hemp fabric & cotton taping dyed with Godetia flowers.

my favorite Thai monk necklace restrung on the cotton taping shown above.

my favorite Thai monk necklace restrung on the cotton taping shown above.

A few of June's natural dyeing projects and experiments. The Godetia flowers were a gift on my birthday. They lasted much longer than I ever thought they would. I kept trimming their stems and adding fresh water and they seemed to get a new life each time. When it was finally time to let them go, I decided to try bundling them with some cotton taping and hemp. The results were so lovely. I restrung my favorite necklace that I originally made many years ago using the beautiful antique monk pendant that my mother brought me from Thailand. It seemed fitting to use the cotton taping which was dyed from the flowers she gave me.

The naturally dyed scarves are available in my shop. The dusty, peachy, pink scarves were dyed with avocado seeds and skins. The taupe grey scarves were dyed with powder ground from the hulls of black walnuts. They're printed with two of my new patterns in an antique metallic gold. 

recharging in new york

shopping the garment district

shopping the garment district

Kustaa Saksi - Nightless Night

Kustaa Saksi - Nightless Night

museum mile, NYC

museum mile, NYC

Jenny E. Sabin - knitted textile pavilion 

Jenny E. Sabin - knitted textile pavilion 

first time skiing

first time skiing

I spent a few days in my home away from home, New York City, last week – visiting my family and recharging my creative cells. An afternoon in the garment district with Peanut was the absolute perfect start. I introduced her to my favorite fabric store, NY Elegant Fabrics on 40th Street, where she bought organza for a dress she's making. Seeing the fabric stores with her was like seeing them for the first time again. Her wonder and appreciation for the patterns, colors, and textures that line the walls from floor to ceiling boosted my excitement about all the possibilities of a maker's life. 

I was fortunate enough to see Beauty — Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. I love visiting the Cooper Hewitt. Not only is it an amazing space but I appreciate the intimate size. I always leave feeling as though I had time to really see and enjoy each piece on display. My favorites this time included the Kustaa Saksi jacquard-woven tapestry, titled 'Nightless Night' and Jenny Sabin's knitted textile pavilion housed on the top floor. The colors are what initially drew me to Nightless Night but seeing images of nature hidden within the weave are what made me feel a true connection. Can you see the moths & bats? The incredible Jenny Sabin installation is like a other-worldly glowing igloo made from photoluminescent and solar active yarns that "absorb, collect, and deliver light." You can walk right into the pavillion, and if you're lucky enough to be there on a quiet day, as I was, the feeling is quite serene. 

All of this was made even more exciting by the pen (or wand) that you are handed when checking into the museum. It's my first time at a Smithsonian Museum since this new technology was introduced and I must say, it's absolutely fantastic. The pen can be used to explore the Smithsonian archives on interactive tables and it also allows you to tag items throughout the museum, which will be stored to an individualized account for you to access once you leave. I was able to come home and see detailed photos of my favorite pieces and read more about each one. Pretty wonderful.

My inspiration vacation was capped off with skiing in Patterson, NY. At 41 years of age, I had never been in a pair of skis prior to last weekend. I hadn't even had an interest in trying until Peanut started skiing and made it look so effortless and easy. Now that I've done it, I can honestly say that it's not all that easy but I learned french fries, mastered pizza, and I even had fun too. Super sore calves and shins for a few days afterward but it was well worth it for the liberating feeling that comes with breaking out of your comfort zone. Something I need to do a lot more often.

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