Sunday, April 22, 2012

what a day.

I know that the blog design now needs work, but I couldn't help it - I had to put up those colors tonight (a rack full of Doug's hand spun, hand colored and painted bamboo skeins)!  I'm dog tired but am on such a high after today.

So the visit to Doug's studio today was incredible.  It always is, but today was extra special, as I got a new commission to work with him at Open Studios this year, designing shawl pins for his beautiful textiles.  He gave me two bags full of threads, wool, alpaca, etc. - incredible treasure trove!  I must post them tomorrow when the light is good.  Here are some pictures of his work, with some of my pieces on (we were testing out colors and patinas to see what would work with what colors):

These shawls are from his 'sunrise sunset' series.  He wants copper shawl pins to go on these.
More pictures from the sunrise sunset series.  Doug is a MASTER of color.  The way he puts together color seems so effortless.  Whenever I go to his studio I come away full of new knowledge.
This has got to be one of my most favorite of his - the picture is not doing it justice, as it is more of a marigold yellow.  The sun was really getting bright here!
One of his smaller tapestries - this one has porcupine quills and tufts of alpaca in.
And that background I'm working on for this blog?  It comes from this beautiful wall of his woven skeins!  They are all spun, hand painted and dyed here in the studio.  I have some of them with me, and can't believe I do!!  And that tapestry in the back - it's incredible.  The arrow holder has a handmade branch at the end of it.  All of the beads and buttons on it are handmade.

Oh, so much to do!  But I'm happy tonight and wanted to share some of the day's bright colors with you.
xoxo Juliette


  1. Those fibers are so amazing. Awesome! I can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

    1. I'm champing at the bit! Built a small 'loom' to start on the 'breastplates' I have been planning, so while resting tomorrow I thought I'd start! :)

  2. What a great day for you! His studio would have me pawing at each and everything I see. Congratulations on your joint commission with Doug.

    1. It was one of those days that I wanted to share with all my art friends!! I was there for four hours and we barely scratched the surface of what we'll be working on, but it was a wonderful time :) Thanks so much, I look forward to sharing the journey!

  3. Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous studio. Looks like you'll be plenty inspired.
    xoxo Kim