Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Radish Underground Exclusive....

Hey Everybody,

Every month at Radish Underground (414 SW 10th Ave in Portland) they have a featured designer, usually debuting their collection to the store. March was the featured month for Reif, and the launch of their men's section. Celeste and Gina, the owners, asked me to create an exclusive garment to be featured in the shop for the month.

Here are some photos, I don't have a name for it yet, but I sure do like it. It's made from a super soft cotton broadcloth with sheer details. The dress is inspired by a vintage Chanel dress that was a short, strapless black dress with a sheer layer on top, creating the illusion of a longer dress with cap sleeves. I really loved it, and decided to try to create this same illusion in my dress. If you look at it up close you can see the sheer, but from a distance it looks like you're only wearing a strapless dress with a white choker.

There are only two more of these dresses left at the store, you'd better get them while you can!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

nature meets technology

Today in a search for a new flash drive, I came across these beautiful ones, by the Dutch company OOOMS. I'm in love. The design is beautiful, and the natural wood is a welcome contrast to plastic.

These lovely flash drives are available at Dynamism.com

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Inspiration #1: Prints

I'm really particular about fabric patterns. There are just so many bad prints out there - like the aisles of the majority of fabric stores, who occasionally have cool things, but its so overwhelming wading through the latest holiday collection of novelty cottons that I often leave discouraged. I know what I'm looking for in a pattern. The rules are pretty simple - geometric patterns, particularly those with a really optic quality, muted colors, florals are okay, but the flowers must not be too large and not made up entirely of rose buds. I really like florals with black backgrounds too. Okay, so actually the rules are not that simple and I'm kind of picky. I don't think that's a bad thing.

Here is a swatch of the fabric I picked up for my soon-to-be-released fall/winter 09 collection. It's an IKAT print and I absolutely love it. I want to make everything out of this fabric.

Here's an article about IKAT.

I love the natural aspect of IKAT, how the pattern is actually woven into the fabric, not just printed after the fabric has been produced.

Some more patterns I'm obsessed with:

Yes, PENDLETON. Just a 6-ish hour drive from Portland, home to the loveliest of lovely southwestern prints. I especially love the cargo tote bag. Not having the pattern all over the bag makes it more versatile.

I stumbled across this website the other day. Its the work of textile artist Julia Bryant. Julia is a master knitter and crocheter specializing in ethnic patterns. The pieces she makes are meticulously crafted, and while they're not all my taste, here are a few that blew me away.

So. cool.

Lastly, one of my favorite designers, mociun. I absolutely adore the fabrics she uses.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Seeking inspiration....

Man, I am suffering from a major case of the winter time BLAHS! The first day of spring is oficially on Friday, and here in Oregon that doesn't mean anything unless you live in southern California where the weather is perfect all the time, I still have visions of cute dresses with no tights and being able to wear my favorite jackets without a hoodie underneath. And cute shoes without the fear of them getting wet. Ah....it's so soon.

This winter has been productive, maybe a little too productive because I'm feeling overworked and underwhelmed. I just created a new collection for fall 09, and I'm stoked about the clothes - they look amazing. I just haven't gotten around to marketing the collection yet because, well, I haven't felt inspired. I guess that's a problem that all creative professionals have to deal with, especially at the level that I'm at. Busting my chops to get everything done, designed, sewn, shipped, and I don't have time for myself. I've felt blah, blah, blah because I haven't had a spare moment to step back and see the bigger picture.

I don't like feeling blah, especially knowing that I have a great collection to be stoked on! So I'm on a hunt for inspiration. Or, better put, I'm determined to start documenting the things that inspiring me and letting them soak into my blood, rather than being a cool thought written down in a notebook and tucked away on a book shelf. In order for this to happen, I have to spend some quality time with these inspiring things - sit down, get to know one another, maybe have them over for dinner. Ha!

Or maybe I'll just document the things that I love in this blog, in hopes that other people will find them inspiring too.

While you wait for me to write the first entry, take a moment to enjoy my favorite image that popped up on Google images when I searched for "winter blahs". Its entitled "Dance away the winter blahs". I may not have these ladies' moves, but this image sure does put a smile on my face and forget about my blahs.

Friday, March 6, 2009

In case you didn't make it to the opening last night...

....my designs will be featured for the entire month at Radish Underground (414 SW 10th ave), including a hot little cocktail dress which being sold exclusively at the shop. Stop by and check out the amazing window display that gina and celeste designed, complete with motorized waves.
Thanks to those of you who came down - it was good to see your lovely faces!