November 1, 2012
October 31, 2012
Of Spool + Sparrow.
I’ve always been a maker. Parenthood provided the spark to set up shop and share with my kids the value of handcrafting. In 2009, I began small batch production of textile goods in my home in Seattle, WA. Now, I get to create art for everyday use in the form of apparel, accessories and home furnishings using materials derived from natural, sustainable crop fibers.
My designs are influenced by an appreciation for simplicity and for evidence of the maker’s hand in each piece. I believe that less is often more, and I fully embrace the natural imperfections of my medium.
For fall and winter, my focus is on pinch-pleated bags made from linen, hemp, organic cotton and up-cycled leather belts & women’s all-season skirts made from soy/organic cotton jersey and french terry. To round out my line, I continue to offer block-printed tea towels, pillows, accessory pouches, aprons, herbal eye pillows and a very limited number of additional garments for women and children.
October 31, 2012
I am a passionate, globe-trotting gem sleuth who designs collections of jewels inspired by colorful moments experienced in vibrant and enchanting environments.
Using unique, cut-to-fit stones, I create timeless, elegant and luxe jewels; making each piece bespoke for the wearer. As a Tanzanian-born Canadian of Indian descent, I span worlds in my Seattle-based atelier. And I bring the beauty of diversity into the world of jewelry.
In February of this year, I was the proud recipient of the Emerging Designer Award by Centurion as well as Best In Show award in Highland Park, IL. You can read more about these exciting events here on my website and on my Facebook fan page or follow me on twitter and via my blog.
October 30, 2012
Michele started her new business Little James Ming Baby recently with the arrival of her son.
Michele has enjoyed a long fashion-based career, and while working in Merchandising for Baby Product Development at a Seattle-based high-end retailer, Michele was inspired to privately design a prototype all-silk baby comforter. After many silk buying trips and sewing classes from her fabulous seamstress-mother (fast-forward to 2012) she is now realizing her dream!
Each luminous silk comforter is handmade by Michele in Portland, Oregon. As a former fashion stylist, she is inspired to create unexpected, one-of-a-kind comforters that are quietly elegant, timeless, functional and beautiful. She enjoys ‘pushing the baby envelope’ beyond the traditional pink and blue. Many of her vibrant designs are inspired by the Chinese culture’s rich silk history.
Michele prefers working with silk exclusively because it’s the most luxurious and comfortable natural fabric in which to cocoon your baby. Silk is a smart choice: a renewable resource, hypo-allergenic, moisture wicking, and resilient. It’s an excellent choice for baby because it is lightweight, a great insulator and naturally drapes to the body to regulate body temperature.
The Fatto a Mano show is Michele’s debut! Michele is working hard to build her inventory and a website is coming soon.
October 29, 2012
After receiving her fine art degree from CCA, San Francisco, Trilby Hainstock worked as a scenic artist and properties artisan here in Seattle creating large sets for the theater. Collaborating with many talented artisans and designers taught her to find beauty in repurposing materials and to find new ways to combine technology and craft. She often finds that limited resources and humble materials are her biggest inspiration and aspires to make objects that are uniquely modern, alluringly utilitarian, and affordable. She makes it a priority to conserve and to work locally. Her work has been featured in Seattle Met, Seattle Magazine, Ecoterre, and Lark Books.
Double sided pendant necklaces are cut from a fine cherry veneer and backed with a thin layer of brushed steel. This unique process allows for a very intricate design that is also very durable.
News and more info here: trilbymade.blogspot.com
October 28, 2012
Although Lisa learned metalworking in college, it wasn’t until moving to Seattle that she began to take it up more passionately. Working as a architect, she discovered that creating jewelry was a perfect balance to that practice of shaping buildings and environments. While jewelry requires a similar sensitivity and response to materials, attention to detail in design, and a direct relationship with the human body, the immediate and tactile process of expression provided a different kind of fulfillment.
Her work marries influences from the natural world as well as more architectural forms and shapes combined with a love of pearls and gemstones.
October 28, 2012
Roberta began knitting when she was a little girl, taught by “Signora” Elide. She picked it up again when her daughter came home from school with a knitting project and wanted to know how to fix a mistake she had made on her scarf. It seems the body remembers things taught long ago; Roberta began knitting again and hasn’t stopped.
Roberta knits what she loves. Scarves give her an immense satisfaction; there is excitement in finishing each piece. Choosing yarn while traveling adds to the gratification. Most recently, Roberta has been collecting mohair from Italy, since most of it comes from the region around her home town of Torino.
Since each scarf is one of a kind, there is a special pleasure that comes from seeing people gravitating towards a scarf that fits their personality. This year Roberta is taking a hiatus from knitting. She has been working hard to bring to fruition her boutique Italian Language School – Percorso Italiano. You may visit the school’s website and peruse its course offerings to get an idea of what Roberta has been up to this year. Roberta will host the FAM show as per tradition, and she hopes to get back into knitting early next year for FAM 2012!
October 28, 2012
Meredith has been a working artist for more than 20 years.After receiving her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art she relocated to the Northwest where she discovered and fell in love with Whidbey Island.
photo credit: Stadler Studios
As you can see MacLeod’s work is”For the Birds!”
October 28, 2012
After a traditional 4-year apprenticeship and several sojourns abroad, Andrea established an atelier in Zurich, where she practiced for 14 years. She trained several apprentices and for many years taught courses at a school for continuing education.
Andrea binds books entirely by hand, in both traditional and contemporary styles, using techniques that have changed little over hundreds of years. Hand binding is a labor-intensive craft, requiring much skill and patience. Since 1996, Andrea has lived and worked in Seattle.
October 2, 2012
Ja Teuber started her custom stationary design business in 2001.
Her first ready-made product was for F.A.M. show in December 2004. She created letterpress note cards and desk calendars. The letterpress calendar was a hit and encouraged her to continue with this successful product. The calendar received the recognition of Best of Hostess Gift in the December 2006 issue of Seattle Magazine. Her calendar was featured on The Martha Stewart Show in February 2008.
A selection of her current work can be found in her etsy shop.
November 15, 2011
November 15, 2011
Jil Smith of Insatiable Studios has been making custom lighting for over 16 years.
Every shade is meticulously handmade using refined papier-māché process. Jil wraps bands of white kinwashi—Japanese rice paper—around a metal frame made to her specifications, drying each translucent strip before placing the next. After carefully applying four layers, she finishes with papers gathered from around the globe in a myriad of colors, hand cut into intriguing shapes. The resulting one-of-a-kind piece appears ethereal, yet is surprisingly durable. After graduating from Pratt Institute, N.Y.C., Jil arrived at lampshades through her fascination with color, pattern, and proportion, and a desire for thoughtful, sustainable work. In Seattle, Jil’s art is on view at the Seattle Art Museum, Dahlia Lounge, Cicchetti, Luc, Vios and the Fremont PCC. Her work is also featured at the Denver International Airport and Nordstrom Stores across the country.
November 14, 2011
Diane’s earliest memories are drawing with crayons, sculpting clay and sewing fabric. It was only natural that she should study fashion design in college. During her final year of study, she discovered silk painting and two worlds collided: her desire to paint and work with pattern all the while continuing to work with fabric and form. Soon after graduation, she found her calling: surface design.
Diane designed for over 11 years for a high-end retailer. In 2008 a long-time dream finally came to fruition: she started her own business and moved to Europe with her husband. She now spends her time building her licensing and design business while immersing herself in all the inspiration that Hungary and Europe has to offer. Diane’s whimsical drawings and designs have been produced on a number of products including quilting fabric, magnets, notebooks, greeting cards and most recently scrap booking products.