You’ve Got This!

 

Hi Friends, I wanted to give everyone a little update with my health. I am trying hard not to only blog about my health, but seeing as it is the forefront in my life currently and has been, well SORRY!  But, in a bright way it has fueled my design work in really positive ways!

In a very shortened version, chemotherapy, steroids and other medicines they have had me on and off of  over the past 19 months have made me gain 40lbs (don’t forget I was in bed for the better part of 6 months from surgeries).  So here I am, 4 months into remission and I now have a paralyzed diaphragm that is cutting off a blood vessel to my heart, meaning I get very winded doing very little.  I can walk a small distance before needing a breather, I cannot lift anything or bend at all, climbing stairs is insane, the upside is I can’t vacuum and can barely do the dishes!! This makes losing the weight really difficult.  Somedays I get super pissed at my body for surviving cancer but not letting me exercise and play sports and be myself again.  I have to take a step back and realize I will slowly get back to my normal weight again, but my body is different now and I will never be the same.  The good thing is I am in remission, my hair is growing back better than ever, I am embarking on a new adventures and I cannot be stopped!

Most days I admit it takes a toll on my mood, but I have some wonderful friends who keep encouraging me not to give up or get discouraged.  So for everyone out there struggling with health issues, these designs are for you! Let’s keep our heads down and get through the crap! 

 

 

You can find these designs currently in my Society6 shop.  If there is enough request for them to be available in fabrics I may sell them eventually in select fabrications.

If you are going through any health issued and need someone to vent or talk to, please reach out.  I found that venting to people was insanely helpful, especially strangers.  Weird, I know!

I am also trying to figure out how to get a newsletter and mailing list going.  Forgive my needing to learn how to do this first, but, I do excel at the creative side more-so than the business side!

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A Year Of Commissions In Review

2017 has been an awesome year for me with commissions.  I got to explore new avenues with my designs and my dyeing techniques which is always amazing getting to better yourself at your craft.   Better yet, being able to take someones dream and make it a reality really is the whole reason for me to create.

 

So, the next few photographs are part of my shibori dyeing commissions.  I absolutely have an obsession with dyeing fabric.  It started years ago and has now progressed to me teaching dye technique classes ( my long term goal is to do on a full-time basis and have kids dyeing and sewing camps, but I digress).  

 


This pillow was a commission from a long time friend.  It is hand dyed in traditional Japanese shibori techniques on organic linen with natural indigo.  

 

This is one of the many beautiful photos from my step sisters wedding.  She commissioned me to do all of her napkins and special tablecloths.  In the end I dyed 220 napkins and 6 table runners each different for the event.  Indigo makes an amazing accent for weddings and parties.  If you ever have the desire to add some gorgeous shibori to your event, let me help!

 

This was such a fun commission.  I taught a two day Intro to Shibori class at Charlevoix Circle of Arts this summer.  I had the most incredible class, they were so quick to learn and experiment.  So these blankets where actually dyed by two of my students.  They hired me to put the samples together and make cozy blankets out of them.  These were SUCH fun commission pieces to work on.  

 

Stepping out a bit from my indigo vat on this commission was so much fun!  I worked closely with my client to make her dreams come true.  I never knew olive and magenta would look so nice, now  I love this color combo and will definitely be using it again in the future.  

 

As you probably read in a previous blog post, I got to shibori dye 40 pairs of white denim this year for a great store in Thomasville, Georgia.  What a fun project!  I have to admit, there will be a lot more white denim shibori dyeing in my future so watch out!  Maybe not just in indigo next time 😉 

 

Wallhangings are some of my favorite things to make.  The diversity of how you can hang them, the materials you can use and the fact you can change them from room to room in your house makes them so fun to make!  This and the quilt above were a special commission for an Eagle Scout and his father whom was the group master.  I had such a blast designing and sewing these gorgeous patches.  I think this was such a wonderful way to honor an Eagle Scout and his father, heirloom pieces they will have forever. 

 

Bereavement quilts and pillows have become one of my biggest and most rewarding commissions this year.  My best friends father died and she commissioned me to make a quilt for her mother out of his button downs and golf polos.   She also had me make these pillows for her Grandmother and two Aunts, her fathers mother and sisters.  They will forever have memories of their beloved son and brother with them at home.  

  There ended up being  plenty of shirts, so I also made two other quilts for my best friend and her sister.  However, I have not photographed them yet! I also have all of his ties, I have a feeling a few wallhangings will be made soon out of them.

 Bereavement work is something I have such a passion for now.  Getting to preserve the memory of a loved one, there really is nothing better.    

 

The above is another bereavement quilt commission from this year.  This one was extremely emotional to make.  One, because the very lovely person I got to work with and her stories about her father and why certain shirts meant so much to her.  But also because while I was sewing this quilt I found out I myself have cancer.  This made this project so intense for me, it has become the most meaningful quilt I have made to date.  The beautiful thing is I don’t personally even know the woman I made it for.   It is funny how things like that in life work out.  

 

Finally, this quilt commission had quite an amazing journey with me.  I worked on this quilt in Michigan, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Virginia and finished it in Florida where I hand delivered it to a good friend! This was another favorite that was based on a gallery piece I had previously made and was purchased on the same trip I finished this quilt in Florida on!  

Basically, to sum things up, I absolutely adore commissions, so please feel free to get in contact with me if you have your own vision or see something in my gallery you would like recreated.  I can custom dye and design fabric and quilt patterns to match your vision!

 

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Shibori Denim Is Amazing

So this summer I had the amazing pleasure of getting to hand shibori dye white denim for a really awesome boutique in Thomasville, Georgia.  The boutique is called Spence and Lane and I recommend it to any female from the age of 18-100.  Kelly, the owner,  does an amazing buying job!  She has unique fashions that don’t break the budget and make women of every age look fantastic.  Getting to work for her on this Shibori project was so much fun and I look forward to next year when hopefully we will get to do more collaborations!

Below are some images of the denim as it was being dried and getting ready to be shipped and then at the shop and on Kelly!! Enjoy!


If you missed out this summer, just wait till the spring/summer 2018, I have a feeling we will be doing many more of these!

                                                                                          xxx Kathryn Marie