The best neighborhood in all of Los Angeles is in Mid City—a cluster of communities along Pico Boulevard between Fairfax and La Brea. Others may disagree, but I just want to lay that card on the table right now.
Early this past summer, we went on a multi-family camping trip to Refugio State Beach up the California coast. We enjoyed sunny days, dense rolling walls of afternoon fog, and thick tangles of tourmaline colored seaweed laying in sandy clumps as though it had fallen off a mermaid’s hairbrush.
Whitney Hurst sews a line of deceptively simple rag quilts. Why deceptive?
Because sure, you can sew together a bunch of fabric squares and trim them with ultrasoft minky, but really. Can you also put together a set of color combinations and patterns in such a surprising and delightful way?
Recently, I received an email asking about Haiku in a Prism, one of the Gems pattern colorways I offer on Spoonflower (a digital fabric printing website).
I’m pretty happy with the final results of this pattern study. As simple as it appears, it seems to have endless color possibilities, and better: it has one or two satisfying quirks that elevate it beyond mere “floral”.
Returning to this awkwardly-named, but endlessly-intriguing motif, I filled a few more pages in a sketchbook and decided to pursue a loosely drawn “garden”.
We live across the street from an elementary school in a struggling district. Awhile ago, I wrote about the collaborative mural project I designed and directed for them, but I realized only recently that I’d left out an important first step.
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