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{Inspiration} Color Wednesday…

Historically, I tend to immerse myself in tons of inspirational research in January- I’m an information sponge. A few Januarys ago, I discovered Vera Neumann by way of a fun thrift store score of a handful of Vera scarves. Since then, I’ve purchased the beautiful book, Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon which I’ve been pouring through all month. My mini collection of Vera scarves have been within reach for an occasional juggle to admire. It’s been rainy and dark day here in the Northwest lately so Sayer & I rediscovered the power of color & the joy of floating fabric.

“Color sings to me. Color is such a marvelous way of expressing emotion. We have so many problems in this world: color just brings a little bit of joy into our lives.”  -Vera Neumann

Nothing like reading about an inspiring designer, surrounding myself in color & juggling beautiful scarves to clear my head. 

I’m in the middle of sorting out some new projects & getting sort of bogged down with details.  I hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule soon- I miss it…  

In the meantime, hope you are enjoying your week & that January treated you well! 

{Fabric Friday} vintage vera…

I have really fond memories of playing in my mom’s scarf box. The feeling of the silks & chiffons, the patterns & colors, and the wafting scent of Charlie Perfume come to mind when I think about it. A while back I spotted a basket of scarves at the antique mall. They were all packaged in ziploc baggies & I really didn’t have time to sift through them. But I thought about them & saved that activity for a rainy day- when I need a studio break. That studio break came this week. I was completely delighted searching through the basket – the colors were amazing! But what really got my heart pumping was that the ones I kept picking up, were Vera Neumann scarves- and they were $6 a piece!

Vera was considered the “queen of mod” by many. Popular in the 60’s &’70’s, her textiles were infused with happiness and her painting background was evident in all of her designs. I’m drawn to her philosophy as much as her designs. Here is a snippet written about why she became so successful.

“...I think the biggest reason was that she painted up to the public. She was of the belief that fine art shouldn’t just be for the wealthy. It should be available to all and it should be incorporated in everyone’s everydays. By wearing a Vera dress, you can take your art with you. By wearing a Vera scarf, you can dress up pretty much anything. By having Vera linens in your kitchen, it puts a smile on your face while you’re doing the drabbest duties. Vera had the philosophy that you should change the art around you every once in a while because you soon stop seeing it. She made it to where a person can change their art as often as they change their clothes. Literally. ”  – source

These scarves make me really happy. The colors just sing and the patterns are great! I felt really strongly about having them in my studio. I don’t know what part they are going to play in my creating, but just being able to juggle them on whim is worth a lot. They also make for a good rainy day activity with the kiddo. Playing dress up has never been so glamorous… 

If you are fond of Vera as well and would like a little piece of fine art to wear, check out this Etsy Shop that has 297 Vera scarfs in stock!  I don’t know about you, but I needed a little bit of cheerful color on this rainy day. Happy Fabric Friday

{Fabric Friday} vintage vera…

I have really fond memories of playing in my mom’s scarf box. The feeling of the silks & chiffons, the patterns & colors, and the wafting scent of Charlie Perfume come to mind when I think about it. A while back I spotted a basket of scarves at the antique mall. They were all packaged in ziploc baggies & I really didn’t have time to sift through them. But I thought about them & saved that activity for a rainy day- when I need a studio break. That studio break came this week. I was completely delighted searching through the basket – the colors were amazing! But what really got my heart pumping was that the ones I kept picking up, were Vera Neumann scarves- and they were $6 a piece!

Vera was considered the “queen of mod” by many. Popular in the 60’s &’70’s, her textiles were infused with happiness and her painting background was evident in all of her designs. I’m drawn to her philosophy as much as her designs. Here is a snippet written about why she became so successful.

“...I think the biggest reason was that she painted up to the public. She was of the belief that fine art shouldn’t just be for the wealthy. It should be available to all and it should be incorporated in everyone’s everydays. By wearing a Vera dress, you can take your art with you. By wearing a Vera scarf, you can dress up pretty much anything. By having Vera linens in your kitchen, it puts a smile on your face while you’re doing the drabbest duties. Vera had the philosophy that you should change the art around you every once in a while because you soon stop seeing it. She made it to where a person can change their art as often as they change their clothes. Literally. ”  – source

These scarves make me really happy. The colors just sing and the patterns are great! I felt really strongly about having them in my studio. I don’t know what part they are going to play in my creating, but just being able to juggle them on whim is worth a lot. They also make for a good rainy day activity with the kiddo. Playing dress up has never been so glamorous… 

If you are fond of Vera as well and would like a little piece of fine art to wear, check out this Etsy Shop that has 297 Vera scarfs in stock!  I don’t know about you, but I needed a little bit of cheerful color on this rainy day. Happy Fabric Friday

{Fabric Friday} vintage vera…

I have really fond memories of playing in my mom’s scarf box. The feeling of the silks & chiffons, the patterns & colors, and the wafting scent of Charlie Perfume come to mind when I think about it. A while back I spotted a basket of scarves at the antique mall. They were all packaged in ziploc baggies & I really didn’t have time to sift through them. But I thought about them & saved that activity for a rainy day- when I need a studio break. That studio break came this week. I was completely delighted searching through the basket – the colors were amazing! But what really got my heart pumping was that the ones I kept picking up, were Vera Neumann scarves- and they were $6 a piece!

Vera was considered the “queen of mod” by many. Popular in the 60’s &’70’s, her textiles were infused with happiness and her painting background was evident in all of her designs. I’m drawn to her philosophy as much as her designs. Here is a snippet written about why she became so successful.

“...I think the biggest reason was that she painted up to the public. She was of the belief that fine art shouldn’t just be for the wealthy. It should be available to all and it should be incorporated in everyone’s everydays. By wearing a Vera dress, you can take your art with you. By wearing a Vera scarf, you can dress up pretty much anything. By having Vera linens in your kitchen, it puts a smile on your face while you’re doing the drabbest duties. Vera had the philosophy that you should change the art around you every once in a while because you soon stop seeing it. She made it to where a person can change their art as often as they change their clothes. Literally. ”  – source

These scarves make me really happy. The colors just sing and the patterns are great! I felt really strongly about having them in my studio. I don’t know what part they are going to play in my creating, but just being able to juggle them on whim is worth a lot. They also make for a good rainy day activity with the kiddo. Playing dress up has never been so glamorous… 

If you are fond of Vera as well and would like a little piece of fine art to wear, check out this Etsy Shop that has 297 Vera scarfs in stock!  I don’t know about you, but I needed a little bit of cheerful color on this rainy day. Happy Fabric Friday