I got to spend the past week with Ashlee. She came up to play a show, and spend some time with us here before she goes on tour for the summer. For me it has always been easy to forget how much I love someone. I guess it's another one of my very best defense mechanisms. I can't be hurt if I don't remember, but it was really nice to just be able to spend these days with her. She means so much to me, and I am so happy to see her really growing up, not being afraid, and making good choices. I'm sad she is already gone. Before she left we just laid on my bed and sang songs in really poor harmony, for funniness. I just love her. I miss her already. I love Melissa too. That's why I'm making her this for her birthday tomorrow.
so today was a little photo shoot.... I just wanted to give props to my peep Willard Cron. I've been needing some publicity photos and I love his style.
also, my best peep Mal and I started a new blog today. It's mostly just for funniness, current affairs, movies, food... so feel free to enjoy or check it every once and a while. We only update it 5 times a day.
ps. I am growing my hair out now. It's been short for one whole year. I figure that's good enough... meaning it's going to be awkward for a while. Don't judge me.
it was really rainy today, and not in the pleasant... ahh it's raining, sort of way... but more of the... it's March again... good grief. But to lift spirits Mallori and I did a new installation in the living room. It was inspired by one of my very favorite artists Tord Boontje. I think one of the very best things about it, is that we did the whole thing in two evenings and for only $12. It is amazing how quickly you can change the mood of a room with a little paper. I will also have you know that we have the best looking apartment in all of Rexburg. I don't even feel bad saying that, because it's a True Story.
the whole thing is held in place with thumb tacks and sticky tack, and it changed my life.
This is going to be a while as this is my whole Market wrap up.
Market was so much fun! Just a quick update about Lizzy Dish, we are working out a few more things vis. I am going to NYC in a few weeks (for real this time) to change some colors and then it's off to the printers. SO what this means is, nobody really got to see the line at market... so you all got to see the same preview down below. Enjoy it... it's all you will see till I think about September. Sorry little peeps. Keep your chin up though, it will be worth it.
So what this meant for me at market was no major obligations, which was nice! I just got to run around and meet peeps. Which is what I love. I also got to shop, which is what I love also. For some reason I didn't get too many pictures while at market, so just follow the links and you will know who I am talking about.
Fabric/ Designer Peeps:
I did however get a picture with one of my very favorite people. I love Amy Schimler. She is like my illustration/surface design mother. I was so happy to finally meet her in person. She really has been an incredible mentor to me. It was pretty funny though. I was coming down the escalator in the convention center and someone just starts shouting my name. It was Amy! I didn't realize I was so recognizable.
I also met new dream girl Melissa Averinos of YummyGoods, who is designing for Free Spirit. She is so fun! Power to the girls with short hair! We had a good discussion about loop holes and Japanese fabric. She and I were in the same, no artwork, no fabric till Fall boat.
Lovely lovely Oliver + S, Liesl + Company. Talk about dream team, really. They have a great team. They do so much nice work. Really good graphic design. All together a very happy 20 minutes spent with them! I got one of Liesl's Day Pack Tote patterns and I am really excited to put it together. Hopefully we will be working under the same umbrella some time soon. Wink!
My family! Takes over Andover Fabrics! Eric and Julie Comstock, own CosmoCricket and have two lines out right this very minute with Andover, Jitterbug and Half way Cafe.
No really... This could easily have been International Apron Spring Market 2008. I don't mind one bit though. Because everyone will need to prepare their apron making skills for Lizzy Dish.
My new peeps at Vanilla House always do such a nice job. Remember the, out of control, awesome apron that Joan made for me for Christmas? Well it was Vanilla House the whole time. Any House is a friend of mine.
The Apron Lady makes really great aprons. I finally found the apron pattern for me + printmaking. Turns out I go to school with Mary who is the daughter of Jan who IS THE Apron Lady. There was definitely a BYU-Idaho reunion in Portland... we were all missing school.
I met Robin Mynatt at Sample Spree. She is ParisBebe.
I got a really cute apron pattern from her. It's the ruffliest one I
have seen yet, and that is what I was after. Not only that... I got
some fabric from her too, for the apron... yeah turns out she designed
it. Cool lady!
I will also say there were many hugs given in the name of Printmaking. Whoever you are, where ever you are... printmakers have the innate ability to find each other.
I heart Seven Islands. They are the distributors of Kokka and Echino fabrics. They will have a new website up June 1st. I could be wrong but I think that they said you would be able to order wholesale from the new website??? If so... yet another dream come true. I loved the girls who were working the booth. They were really sweet, and not annoyed with me for hanging around. I was lucky enough to get some brand new Heather Ross Rabbits and Race Cars for Kokka at sample spree. It is really nice fabric. 85% cotton 15% linen. It's "decor weight". Dream weight is what I say.
And I was sooo worried that my friends from Bunny Designs wouldn't be there... but they were. Good thing too. We are always told to have a year supply... so that is just what I did. I got a year supply of pink hedgehogs, and little red riding hood fabric. Now I will not have want for new hedgehog fabric for one year. Angela the owner actually imports and distributes really fun Japanese fabrics from Cosmo Textiles, and the pink hedgehogs that I speak of were so popular that she has had to put in for a reprint... so they will be here around July. That's ok by me.
Too bad David our President at Andover pulled me aside on Wednesday night at dinner to discuss my line... I thought I was in trouble. He is the nicest man ever, seriously, and he is a really inspirational guy...I just always think I am in trouble, always have (deep rooted issues I assume)... even though I never do anything wrong.
I got busted for sure. I went to my fairy god mothers of quilting's booth Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, of course. It was so good to see them, and get to tell them the good news about my fabric contract, as it was at their booth in fall market where it all happened. Dale Fleming dragged Clifford from Andover to their booth to look at my designs. And it's all history from there. Turns out Dale has been asking about it ever since, just wondering how it worked out, and me being the shmo that I am, never sent her a thank you. She is getting a handmade book that's for sure. I love seeing them. They really mean so much to me. I was sad that Dale wasn't there.
The man himself Mark Lapinski. I was so happy to finally meet him! As soon as he saw me he ran around his little podium thing and hugged me. I think my bow must really give me away. Maybe you could see me in the Magazine sometime? I just think.... that we could be a very dangerous pair as we are both such smart A's. True story.
Spring Market Crush:
it's always just going to be Kaffe Fassett. It will be in the Fall too.
There were lots of really beautiful quilts, but my very favorite was by Heidi Stegehuis-Ihle of the Netherlands. Her piece was called Digitale Revolution and it just cracked me up.
It was a great market. Oh yeah one more thing. City News was the talk of the town. It was hanging in the Robert Kaufman booth. It was a dream come true for my Mom.
OK. Portland, Oregon, my dream come true for sure. I got there on Wednesday, and wish that I was still there, although I will have you know that the weather in Rexburg is finally in it's magical summer state. Back to Portland though... my dream city.
First night, Wednesday night, we had dinner with the Andover peeps, and that was soo great. We got to sit and talk with our Cousins Eric and Julie of CosmoCricket. You can check out their blog here. After dinner we headed over to the famous Powell's book store....more like book city. Literally. I think that's their slogan. I found at least 12 books that I wanted to get... only three of which I did. It is an incredible store
Thursday. Hanging out in the pearl district with Eric and Julie and my Mom. For all of you lovers of DWELL if you ever get a chance go into a Design Within Reach store. They have a good website, but it isn't a fair representation of the actual work. One day when I actually live in a house again, I would really like this to be a part of my work space. Plus George Nelson is a dream designer.... also this is the rocking chair that I want when I eventually have a child someday not any day soon. We also found a really great cupcake shop. Cupcake Jones.
it was a really cute shop, and the cupcakes were great. Check out their menus, and if you are ever in Portland go there. We also paid homage to Anthropologie. Then was sample spree, but that's part two.
I don't mean to sound redundant, but Friday really was a dream come true, and as such I took lots of pictures which I will put into a photo mosaic to spare your poor little scroller fingers. My friend Carl showed me around, and shared many facts about his beautiful city with me.
Saturday was hilarious. My Mom and I had some time to kill so we went to the Portland Art Museum. Turns out they have a newly recovered Van Gogh... cool huh? I recommend stopping by if you are in the neighborhood.
Portland is great. I think I am going to move there in January. I have been looking for a place, and this just might be it.
Lizzy dish will be previewing this week in Portland, and I am sad that we can not all be there together, but for those of you who will not get to see it until the fall when it will be available at a quilt shop near you, here is a little preview. I hope that you like it.
Have a great day and talk to you again next week sometime.
So It's may for sure, and all I have to say is I'm glad it's rain and not snow. I had to run to the FedEx place to mail a quilt to LA, and it really was just pouring... and I am car-less. I look like a little wet cat, or koala or something. Good thing I Love rain. It reminds me of being home... now the ice cream of the future hail does not remind me of home. Ok has anyone seen the storm i-con on their dashboards? Pretty frightening, for real it looks like a root system of death and technology.
This has been a really crazy past three weeks. Lots of deadlines, new projects, new line of fabric, and all while trying to get all my ducks in a row to be ready to graduate this fall, OH and go to Portland next week. My BFA project is going to be huge and I probably cry a little every time I think about actually executing it. BUT on a more fun note, Lizzy Dish previews next week in Portland, and all of you peeps who are there should check it out at the Andover booth (not sure what number it is yet)... I love that it continues to get closer and closer to being a reality, and closer and closer to being fabric. We get to make cool things! Also I don't know if I can or should say anything about this, but this new line I am working on is OUT OF CONTROL! I'm pretty sure you'll flip a couple of times when you see it, even if you have no previous background in acrobatics.
I still will need your help as mentioned in previous posts, and I will be able to tell you how soon... when I get back from Market next Monday, i'll let you know what's REALLY going on. Another cool thing. Ashlee Asher in the Rye, my little sister finished her album and has her first cd release tomorrow in SLC. I am soooo proud of her I flipped several times and I have no previous background in acrobatics.
Well, the House sisters will be reunited again come Saturday, and then I will get to spend almost an entire week with my Mom, WHICH is a dream come true. I promise that I will start talking soon.... and start responding to emails and comments and what have you. I'm not a shmo, I promise!