Spring Stock Up

It’s that moment in late February where the daylight starts to open up and you start to think about spring cleaning, or spring arranging, or spring stocking. Add some houseplants. Rearrange furniture. Do the annual closet purge. Start designing your spring and summer wardrobe. Get a fresh notebook or two for some new thoughts. One…

Making Things: Animations

I have a bit of a soft spot for calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts.  Over the holiday break I got together a set of calligraphy pens and thought about how to incorporate the use of beautiful words into our photographic pieces. My first thought, it being upcoming on Valentine’s Day, was to write love letters.  But…

Simple Winter Underlayers

I love to choose dark, rich, shades in the winter.  Think nutmeg or chocolate.  Basic black is always a nice option as well.  The deeper shades complement winter clothing choices- layers of cottons, silks or wools, in my case.  Nothing like a cocoa brown bralette under a steely silk camisole paired with a woven shirt…

Color Inspirations

Season after season, I find myself looking towards photos and memories of natural settings to choose colors for the new collection. For fall and winter of 2017, I was intensely interested in a bright yellow-green shade that reflected fall leaves. It was an odd color for a lingerie set, but It fit well with the…

The Two Types of Self Care

Often when we imagine self-care, we think of spa days spent blissfully half-awake, of pampering and mud-masks, of massages and hot stones. Or we think of long hours indulging our emotions, really feeling our feelings. That is one half of the equation, one type of self care.  But there’s another type of self-care that’s just as…

Creative Rituals While On The Road

There is this age-old truism that travel is inspirational. Travel shakes up the stale thought patterns and brain grooves, jumbles them together and allows something fresh to emerge. This is true. But there are the practical realities of traveling as well, apart from the theoretical creative benefits. Bad food, depressing hotel rooms, too much time…

Making Things: Jackets

I made my first tailored jacket when I was sixteen. It wasn’t very good, but I remember staying up all night, hand-stitching every seam, because that was how couturiers did it, right?  Early on I developed an obsession with Chanel suits and jackets, of the 1960s and 70s era.  I had never owned one, had…

Life Outside

There are authors who connect with different phases of one’s life.  When I first started working in technology, I liked to read William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. When I was in art school, it was Alan Watts and Kant. Now it’s Edward Abbey, the outsider, the peaceful anarchist, the visionary of the southwest. His books…

Harvest Time

There is a quote that goes something like: “Always plant three times the quantity you expect to want, because you need to feed yourself, the animals, and your thieving neighbors.”  Perhaps it is of Shaker origin? If you know the true source, please let me know. All of our family members have gardens, and graciously…

What is femininity?

Q. What is femininity? Because this is a question I have been asking myself. Because it is a question someone asked me once and I wasn’t quite sure how to answer. Because. Femininity is the mysterious, the teasing, the supple, the sparkling. It is powerful in its ability to manifest through a subtle manipulation of…