This year I’m looking forward to celebrating Friendsgiving ⏤ Thanksgiving dinner with a group of friends. Looking to try something a little different this year? Celebrate the holidays with your favorite pals, and enjoy the quality time with friends around a festive feast. Here’s my advice for throwing a fun Friendsgiving….
I’m excited to share my recent essay about entertaining before you feel “ready” was published in Belong Magazine this month! I wrote about my own experience of feeling resistance around hosting, because my home always feels like a work-in-progress. In my essay, I share tips for how to break away from feelings of anxiety around opening your home to guests, and how inviting friends to share a meal helps you connect in new, meaningful ways.
You can download the digital edition of the magazine on the Belong website!
A lovely feature for Balboa fabrics: this awesome, eco-friendly DIY project in Bust Magazine! Grab the Oct/Nov ’18 issue to see the full project, and learn to make your own beeswax wraps from Balboa fabric. The profile of cover gal Busy Philipps written by my friend Lisa Butterworth is a timely feminist read, too. Always excited to see my work featured in my favorite magazines.
Inspiring bits from around the internet this week:
Just discovered Justina Blakeney’s post about how to select the perfect throw pillows. Justina is the pattern-mixing queen.
Many people have asked me about my experience with Etsy Wholesale and how I started selling my work in West Elm. Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge did a whole episode of After the Jump covering Etsy Wholesale and West Elm’s LOCAL initiative, worth a listen!
Have you seen the amazing video Tastemade created of Rule of Three Studio‘s marbling process? Absolutely captivating. Paige, the owner and designer behind the collection, is a true artist, and I so admire her work.
I’ve been posting a bit more frequently to Instagram stories! Follow along if you like getting sneak peeks into my studio process.
One of the best parts of being a textile designer is seeing the ways that makers use my fabric designs to create their own beautiful pieces. Contemporary pattern design for the fabric industry can sometimes skew towards a more cute, feminine aesthetic, so I think my fabric designs might be different than what you might expect to find in a fabric store. My pattern designs for Arroyo, my first fabric yardage collection for Robert Kaufman, are super modern, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing how contemporary fashion designers and savvy DIYers would use my fabric.
It’s been a while since my last roundup of amazing projects sewn with Arroyo. I have been particularly floored by the super-stylish outfits made with my fabric ⏤ there are so many talented sewists out there! I’m seeing tons of inspiration on Instagram, and thought I’d collect my favorites into a post to inspire you to sew with Arroyo fabric!…
The fabric industry can feel a little opaque sometimes. I get lots of emails from textile design students who are looking for advice, and I totally relate to that thirst for knowledge. There’s tons of info out there about talented fabric designers, but if you don’t know any famous textile designers’ names, it can be tough to know where to start.
I put together a list of my favorite contemporary textile designers, so that an artist interested in becoming a textile designer, or looking to learn how to become a fabric designer will find some inspiration. While some of these fabric designers’ names might not be the most recognizable in the textile industry, they’re certainly up-and-coming designers to watch out for. The textile designers’ websites are linked, so you can check out more of their work, and get inspired to sew!…