Celebrating Beauty

Beautiful people bring the sunshine. Getting together with others is on hold and will be until the pandemic passes. And when will that be? Social distancing makes one realize what we had. And will we learn to be kinder and more patient in the interim? I hope so. 

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Apricot is an update to a scarf I called Creamsicle when I made it in 2019. This winter, I created a more fluid composition. Bridget (on the right above) is wearing Creamsicle. Tonya, fashion maven that she is, created a turban wrap with Dancing Tulips -it looks great!
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Not to be outdone. Cousin Gaenolee has a very timely use for our Watermelon chiffon. It’s washable too- so important in times of Covid.

I’ve once again dug into sewing and shooting scarves for Spring 2020. It’s been tedious as my hand is still not 100% after December surgery. Beautiful colors keep one going in crazy times. See more scarves here.

Photo Shoot

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It’s Spring! New scarves and a new season require new images. A photo for our brand new chiffon scarf, Ophelia, starts with draping a “bacteria -free wire lady”. I’m shooting in ambient light which means a certain amount of correction is required. Tons of time later…many images for processing to the website. Next month look for a new photo gallery, but be patient! Garden cleaning is coming in fast.

First, There Was Florida

I took so many photos in Florida during our March pre-COVID apocalyptic trip, I’m going to share a few over time by topic. Today the Museum and art of the stage!

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The Museum of Fine Arts is located on the water in the center of St. Petersburg. They had a great show running called “Art of the Stage- Picasso to Hockney” Awesome show.
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Watercolor, metallic and graphite on paper. Russian artist Leon Bakst- an original scene design for the ballet “Scheherazade.”1910.

It’s been a long time since I designed costuming for Shakespeare summer theater- this exhibit brought back vivid memories. Colorful sketches illustrate an artist’s comprehensive vision – myriad elements that must be taken into account together when mounting a production. Art unfolds in myriad pieces that must relate to each other and to the whole.

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Matisse! The emperor’s robe from the Song of the Nightingale. Silk with metallic embroidery and studs.

I’ve never seen the work of Lesley Dill but I love it. Don’t know if it’s the material (very reminiscent of brown paper bags we decorated as children, for hats and murals) or the attitude that emanates from the work.

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L. The Big Suit from Worst Case Scenario, 1998. Thread, ink and acrylic on paper. It was worn by a 300lb actor. R. Paris Speaking Dress- Ribbons, plaster, tea and oil on muslin (another popular blouse fabric in early sewing efforts) A 1996 Paris performance incorporating ribbons of texts pulled from dresses- the last one in blue- like the end of a cash register receipt- no more words to be said. Basic yet graphically wonderful art. Lesley is an American Contemporary artist living in Brooklyn.

Like most exhibits in public spaces, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is closed for the interim. We will return!

The return to Litchfield quickly put us back to Spring and yard work. You’d be surprised when the last frost date is – end of May? We’re cold here in northwest Connecticut. How about you?

Music is a very personal experience, specific to many things. Bill Withers’ music was unique in its heartfelt and incredibly broad appeal. Tell me you’ve never heard this music! I do have to take exception to one concept. As a gardener, I know it’s a fact that the sunshine always comes out regardless of any single person. For that I’m grateful.

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Wild purple hyacinth incoming … I’m headed out to survey winter damage

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