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Just in from a decor8 reader… can anyone help her out?

I was trying to find the name of a woman who made couture felt patchwork quilts. I’m sure I saw her featured on your site previously, but now I can’t find her name. It’s not the quilter Denyce Schmidt…any thoughts?

I searched my archives and cannot locate anyone that I had featured, but maybe some of you know of quilt artists who specialize in making them out of felt?

(Thanks for writing in J.A.!)

Posted in uncategorized on March 23, 2006

Foster’s and Design Philadelphia

Foster’s in Philly has some new items from emerging artist, Josh Owens. In celebration of new product designs during the month of April, Foster’s is kicking things off with a cocktail reception in their store on Saturday, April 1st from 4-7 p.m.
If you’re in Philadelphia, please don’t miss it because I’m sure you’ll have a great time meeting Josh and fellow design addicts like yourself. Josh has some great new designs out, my favorites being the Magnito Salt and Pepper Shakers for $9.50 and the Bookends picture frames, set of 2 for $12.50. Both are available online at Foster’s.

While we’re spotlighting Philly, don’t miss the Design Philadelphia Exhibition and Symposium at the Marketplace Design Center on Thursday, April 6th from 10 am to 8 pm. Design Philadephia describes it this way:

A multidisciplinary design exhibition considering the theme of Emerging Neighborhoods, Emerging Design. Seven schools. Seven design disciplines:

? Art Institute of Philadelphia – fashion
? Drexel University – design & merchandising
? Moore College of Art and Design – interior design
? Philadelphia University – industrial design
? Temple University/Tyler School of Art – architecture
? The University of the Arts – multimedia
? University of Pennsylvania – graphic design

Sounds like a lot of fun! There are many other exciting events happening in Philadelphia next month, so make sure you visit the Design Philadelphia website for a complete listing of all design events, including an ASID sponsored tour and a DWR book signing event.

(photos from Foster’s)

Posted in events + markets on March 23, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [mar 23 06]

This photo always makes me smile, snapped in London in 1997 with a $4.99 disposable camera, long before I owned a digital one. There I was, young and naive in Knightsbridge, admiring a witty sign advertising a soon to open Seattle’s Best Coffee shop. The sign made me smile, so I quickly snapped a photo of it as I darted towards the bus, one that my friend had already boarded, her face pressed against the window with arms motioning for me to hurry up. It was only after developing the film that I noticed a traditional black London cab, a great detail that I didn’t even notice at the time, a detail that resulted in a photo that I’ll always cherish.

Thirteen visits to London later, I still reflect upon my earlier adventures photographing anything and anyone that I deemed to be cool. Long before I realized that taking photos inside of Harrods‘ was a huge no-no (I was nearly escorted out of the building once). Even strangers feeding the ducks at Kensington Gardens were photo worthy back then, times when I fearlessly snapped whatever I saw, caring less about who was watching or whether the photo would be of quality or not. I was never on a mission for the perfect photo, yet I always returned from vacations with some beautiful shots.

I wish that I still approached photography that way, haphazardly, without lining things up, adjusting the lens, waiting for people to move so I could get the full shot. Seeing things through the eyes of a girl and not a woman. Looking at everything through naive eyes, thinking all things were so amazing and awesome and worthy of a simple photo, a captured moment of time on paper. Times when I tried to steady the camera from giggling so hard while photographing a business man dribbling pistachio ice cream down his crisp white shirt. Times when we all ran very free, never worrying about what others thought of us, not caring whether a photo would be worthy of framing.

From now on, I will not take a photo because I think it will produce a beautiful picture. I will simply point and click whenever I see something that evokes some feeling in me. I will snap without thought. I will run free as I did in 1997, snapping photos of funny signs in London.

(psst: Harrods’ has a great online home and leisure shopping site…)


Posted in uncategorized on March 23, 2006

Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!

Alec over at Apartment Therapy LA featured my friend Michelle today. Click here to read all about it! I’m so excited to see here featured on such a great website.


The above photo was a commissioned piece from Michelle, it’s of my husbands oma + opa along with his mutti over in Germany. I love the retro bursts she added to the canvas on the right side in lime and orange. She embedded all of these beautiful images – if you look carefully you can see the top half of a house beneath the baby – that’s his oma’s shop in Germany. To the left of his opa, you can spot a girl writing. That’s me, since my husband and I met online via an article I had written back in 1998. There are also images of cameras, astronomy, music, nature, and many other things that my husband loves. My husband was really moved when this piece arrived. It’s the perfect present for someone you love.

Posted in uncategorized on March 22, 2006


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