• 1984 Finger Painting

    May 1, 2014 Kate

    If you can believe it, this was my 8-year-old brothers idea of finger painting. Pretty awesome looking, right?  

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  • In Store Inspiration #2

    April 23, 2014 Kate

        1. I like the simple print on this black and white Zara shirt. I would be easy to do something similar by silkscreening or even hand painting onto fabric. (Zara) 2. Digital printing is pretty awesome for fashion designers and home sewers alike. Club Ink in Toronto will print your designs on fabric with…

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  • In Store Inspiration #1

    September 2, 2013 Kate

    As long as I’ve had a cell phone with a camera I’ve been taking snapshots of things I find intriguing as I’m perusing stores. “Ooo, that’s a great idea to attach the straps like that” or “I wonder if I could sew leather and wool together like that at home” or “I’d love this but in…

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  • Makers Inspiration #4

    August 26, 2013 Kate

    I saw Holly Fowler’s work featured in a recent Style Bubble post and was immediately captivated by her hand painted designs. She graduated with a BA from Central Saint Martins in 2011 and has since designed exclusive collections for both Browns and Bergdorf Goodman. She paints directly onto her clothing, creating these slightly whimsy but…

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  • The Weekender #1

    August 24, 2013 Kate

    Yes, I’m a little late to the party on these two documentaries, but I still felt the need to share in case you’ve also yet to see them. Perhaps one will make a great addition to your long weekend. The first is the OWN Visionaries: Tom Ford Documentary, a rare insight into Fords daily life as…

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  • Makers Inspiration #3

    August 19, 2013 Kate

    Izziyana Suhaimi creates some of the most beautiful embroidery I’ve ever seen, mixing a traditional craft with modern mediums and subject matter. The above piece, Friends to Keep You Warm was a collaboration with L’ILE AUX ASHBY in 2012. I like the idea of experimenting with embroidery on sketch and think it would make a great gift or…

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  • Textile Design: Salvador Dalí & Ray Eames

    August 15, 2013 Kate

    I’m a Salvador Dalí fan. Grade 9 art class got a whole lot more interesting the day I was introduced to his iconic The Persistence of Memory (1931) painting. Given my love of textiles, recently discovering he also created designs for fabrics is just ‘holy-wow-give-me-all-of-it’ exciting. Imagine owning a Dalí printed scarf?! After the war Schiffer Prints needed to modernize…

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  • Makers Inspiration #2

    August 2, 2013 Kate

    “I believe that true innovation happens where different disciplines converge.” In her collection, Human vs Technology, Larissa Zemke experiments with laser engraving on leather to create this stunning collar. You can see the design process behind her works on her Cargo Collective website. The girl makes some pretty incredible stuff. I discovered Amy Sia on Society 6 (if you’ve…

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  • Makers Inspiration #1

    June 3, 2013 Kate

    I found this image of a field in Poland while flipping through the June National Geographic. The colours and textures are so gorgeous, I think it would make a beautiful woven wall hanging. The punch of red fading into green, the tree’s incorporated as textured baubles, the lines in the field – I can see it…

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