Amy’s Inspiration: Patterns in nature

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I am obsessed with patterns in nature…particularly during my summer sabbatical in Northern Michigan when I am able to observe and photograph constantly… Unlike Kansas summers, Michigan summers allow for living outside most days… I see pattern everywhere- in water, loons, on a petoskey stone, and I am compelled to record it.

Will I use them in a fabric or quilt design? Maybe… All I know is that Mother Nature is the most imaginative designer I’ve seen, and it’s always good to look to her first.

Check out my gallery of Michigan images below. Where do you enjoy finding pattern in nature?

 

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Amy’s Inspiration: Garment District Museum

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Last month the Indygo Junction team and I joined the local chapter of the American Sewing Guild on a tour of the Garment District Museum here in Kansas City. After World War I the garment industry was booming in KC. Not only was it the second largest employer in the city, but it was the largest garment district outside of New York! The district thrived for decades but by the 1980′s was struggling and was gone by the 90′s.

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Here is the Indygo Junction team after the tour and lunch at the Majestic.

In the heart of the district the city dedicated a park to as a tribute, and this small museum was opened nearby. Ann Brownfield is the spearhead of the movement to keep the history of this district and the designs from all the factories alive. The garment exhibit changes with the season and she gave us a full explanation of the designs and the labels show. She also walked us around the neighborhood sharing stories of trolleys, TWA and even the mafia!

I first met Ann Brownfield during my research into Mary Brooks Picken. Mary had been a founder of the Fashion Group International and Ann, as well as many of the owners of the old Kansas City labels, were members of our local chapter. I interviewed some of them in my research, and it was fascinating to hear all their personal Kansas City fashion stories.

The Garment District Museum is an important part of Kansas City history, and fashion history in the U.S. There is a rumor that without someone to invest in the museum in the next few months it may close, which would be a shame. If you are in KC, I highly recommend taking the tour, it is fascinating. Check out some of the photos I took during the tour. You will see some beautiful KC architecture, KC made and designed garments, and some of the original supplies used in the factories.

 

On September 14th, Ann Brownfield will be at the Kansas City Library for the premier of her book she has written about the history of the garment industry in Kansas City. I am so excited that she has put her stories to page, and can’t wait to read it!

 

 


CHA 2012 and Lion Brand Fashion Show

The CHA show in Anaheim was fantastic, as always! One of the events at the show that everyone enjoys is the Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show. It’s always exciting to see what new fashions will come down the runway — especially since most all of them are made entirely out of yarn! Enjoy some of my photos from the show:


NYC Holiday Inspiration

This Thanksgiving, I visited relatives in New York City and had an amazing time taking in the inspiration all around me. The evening before Thanksgiving, I was able to pop in to some of my favorite shops on Madison Avenue — free of crowds! —and take some snapshots of the eye candy all around me. Enjoy!

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Bergdorf Goodman’s, Blue Tree, Barney’s, Nanette Lepore, Ralph Lauren, Laduree Bakery, Giggle, Pins and Needles, Christian Louboutin, ABC Carpet & Home


Recycled Style at The Country Living Fair 2011

The Country Living Fair is always an event that I look forward to! Held in an outdoor setting amongst the hills and beautiful fall color of central Georgia, the event provides the perfect setting to discover new art and artists. This year, I did a presentation called “Recycled Style” in which I discussed some tips and techniques that I’ve collected and shared over the years through Indygo Junction on how to refashion old clothes into new. Happily, examples of upcycling were all around me at the Fair! Here are some of the creative ways that I saw artisans re-making old into new:

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RePurpose

Sassy Trash

A Different Breed

Happy Chair

Overdue Industries


The Creative Connection 2011

The team and I headed up to St. Paul, MN for the second gathering of The Creative Connection in mid September, and it was truly an experience not to be forgotten! In addition to the wonderful keynote speakers and workshop teachers, I was also honored to be part of a panel on Self-Publishing, and my team represented Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop, and Vintage Notions in our Marketplace booth. It was a whirlwind of networking, learning, and sharing, but so inspiring! Enjoy some of my snapshots from the weekend:


Gladiolas & A Guest


Windows Gallery, NYC


Quilt Festival Favs


Junk Bonanza

Just wanted to share a few photos from Junk Bonanza…

After I set up our display at the Three French Hens booth, I ventured out into the show…amazing!!!! Here are shots of Jane Hall’s Mustard Moon booth, Lori Miller’s Vintage Design, and Sara Smilth’s Seasons in Craver (LOVED her pillows with recycled zippers on linen!!). Please make a trip to the show if you can, great Junk at great prices!!! Visit me Saturday for my signing at 11 and 1… I will post on the Creative Connection next!!!