Thursday, February 28, 2013

Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival 2013

For many years I have wanted to exhibit my work at the Pan African Film Festival.  But always felt my work wasn't "good enough", "who would want to buy something I made :(  and on and on and on.  Well this year I took the leap OVER apprehension, fear and failure.  And guess freakinfratftitter what?  I succeeded!  I sold my contemporary designed quilts, my original artwork, fashion accessories and original jewerly designs.  People appreciated my work.  And I appreciated them for appreciating me and my work!  OK, I just finished Elizabeth Gilbert's book, EAT, LOVE, PRAY.  But, the people that came to my booth, at the festival, made me feel validated as an artist/designer, and gave me inspiration and clarity to want to do my best (Obama) in creating artwork people can connect with, appreciate and is inspirational.

You know, I have a website too.  And just when I think I'm on top of my emails, blog, website, facebook, twitter, Etsy and Pinterest accounts, I overlooked this email.  Below are two pictures of "Shoulders", an original art piece I made adhearing newspaper to muslin, then seleted different shades of fabrics to create the sillouetts, and machine stitched them together. And the email from the Man/customer, who brought it at the Pan African Film Festival: 

I recently purchased this piece from you for my daughter. I had a conversation with her about the shoulders we stand on and our preparing our shoulders for those who follow us. And then...I saw your work. I am very happy with this piece which has a great deal of significance for me and my kids. Thanks for your artistry.

Thank you!

I thank you!  Enjoy!!

photos: eve

Monday, February 4, 2013

L.A.'s Craft & Folk Art Museum

A few days ago, I attended the Wearable Art Preview and Cocktail Reception at the Craft & Folk Art Museum.   There were a handful of textile designers and a couple of  jewelry designers at the Trunk Show.  The construction quality of the handmade one-of-a-kind garments and accessories were impeccable; and the jewelry was flawlessly made. I didn't see any single inspiring design idea, but  I enjoyed the hand-loomed silk textiles and the luxurious fabrics.  Wasn't able to take photos of the artisans work.  But, I did visit the museum's gift shop.  There were a lot of interesting things to see and buy.  Below "are a few photos:" 

                                                Window representing the Wearable Art Trunk Show

Baskets from Indonesia

Customer purchased this Indonesian Hat

Multi-colored Handmade Stuffed Parrots
From Indonesia
Fabric Covered Picture Frames
I Love items made from Textiles!
Cute Handmade Multi-Colored Owls
Wall art
These are Yarn Beads with trinkets!
Love these Felt Beads!
Handmade Stuffed Animals

The Craft & Folk Art Museum is located at 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.  Museum Hours - Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 - 5:00, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 - 6:00.  

photos: by eve