always a pleasure

probably the greatest thing for me is when i see other artists get excited about using something i made in their own work. that’s really always been a thing with me. from way back when in the early 80’s working with the owners & designers at the 1928 Jewelry Company, to Trifari, Eisenberg, Avon and Tupperware (to name drop a few) i’ve always added value and style to the work of others. part of it is just the practical fact that i found i could make a living doing it and part of it is that i like to ignite the embers of creativity in others.

having just finished up the recent quilt show here in Long Beach, i was thrilled to have made the acquaintance of a few more artists and designers who made a beeline for the ribbon with ideas of their own- inspired only by the color and texture of the silk and their own imaginations- what-iffing along the way. i just packaged up a lovely order for Judith Baker Montano whose silk crazy quilting is world renowned. you know when someone just hones in on the best without hesitation and a twinkle in their eye as Judith did upon discovering the ribbons for the first time. i could see her mind working as she chose her colors- the perfect top 4 best sellers without batting an eye- and there were lots of colors to eye! that’s a real pro for you. can’t wait to see what she does with it. too bad i didn’t have her book, Elegant Stitches which i’ve owned for over a decade with me for an autograph! next time, i’m gonna try to get in on one of her classes. she’ll be teaching at Houston as will i in
October.

4  borealis colorways-old gold autumn,purple passion,ecru,midnight

4 borealis colorways-old gold autumn,purple passion,ecru,midnight


with a cup of coffee in one hand and my finger on the trackpad, i ventured a visit to jude’s what-if blog this morning. always a dangerous thing for me, especially in combination with a little caffeine (thanks jude!) and immediately i was off on a what-iff adventure of my own. as noted on my facebook status (join the fan page!) it got me wondering what i would be making today if i wasn’t filling orders and preparing for this weekend’s workshop. oh well, that’s another day- but it did make me commit myself to AT LEAST ONE FULL DAY each month of non commercial work. i can afford that (if i cut out sleeping! -kidding-kinda). there are so many ideas rolling around in my head-things i want to try and experiment with and make.
i hope i don’t lose track of too many of them.
fortunately, if i do there’s always more in the pipeline!
and here is Milo, silk sitting for me. waiting for me to GET TO WORK ALREADY!
milo silk sitting (it's still in it's plastic)

milo silk sitting (it's still in it's plastic)

speaking of what-iffing….what if we got in a van and toured the world singing songs and playing horns?

news from the traveling minstrels is that they are now leaving Germany headed for the Netherlands, Holland and beyond. a little road weary but still alive and singing for their suppers. NPR had an interesting post on musicians who make a living and then there is this on the dangers of signing with a record label.

8 thoughts on “always a pleasure

  1. jude

    look at all that ribbon together! good to hear your upbeatness…
    the sun is out today. yay! and when i finish asking the question ‘what if i stuff the dots/’ i will start on ‘what if i make a whole quilt out of silk ribbon?’
    have a good weekend…..

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      when they were younger and i had to drive them to their gigs i told them i was shirley partridge without the voice! of course i had to explain to them who that was…

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  2. Tammie

    Your ribbon combinations are so elegant and full of whimsy too. I can see how it would be great fun to watch artists get excited about what their possibilities are in using them!

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