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November 5, 2011

Silent Saturday:: RIP our Beloved Tai

by heatherkp

1994-2011  We will miss you dearly~go and be with Leo


February 18, 2011

Friday::French Philosophy

by heatherkp

A few memorable and famous quotes by French artists, philosophers and writers.  Hope these inspire you today!

Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble — French Proverb

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.  — Jean de Boufflers

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. — Anais Nin

People don’t watch enough. They think. It’s not the same thing.–Henri Cartier-Bresson

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.– Coco Chanel

To enjoy life, we must touch much of it lightly.–Voltaire

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.–Anais Nin

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. — Jean Baptiste Massieu

I am not what I am.  I am what I do with my hands.–Louise Borgeoise

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. –Pierre Auguste Renoir

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.–- Marie Curie

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.–- Honoré de Balzac

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. — Marcel Proust

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.–- Vincent van Gogh

January 29, 2011

Silent Saturday::Sunrise

by heatherkp

Sunrise Fantasy

January 21, 2011

Field Trip Friday::Oasis @ The Textile Museum

by heatherkp

Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (image copyright The Textile Museum)

I went to check this show out last week with a friend.  We had also intended to go to the Phillips Collection which was FREE to the public last weekend to celebrate their 90th, but alas the line was insanely long so that didn’t happen!  It was okay because I’d had this exhibit on my to-see list for way too long.  I admit that sometimes I take the Textile Museum for granted and don’t get as excited about some of the more traditional exhibits, boy was I wrong about this one!  I just thought it would be another nice Ikat exhibit (right~ you know I’m a textile designer when I say that) but it was so much better than I had anticipated!  Look at the COLORS, wow!  No wonder they called it Colors of the Oasis.

Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (image copyright The Textile Museum)

This exhibit showcases 19th century Ikats from central Asia.  The collection (of over 200 Ikats but not all are on view was donated to the Textile Museum by collector  Murad Megalli.  This is the first time this collection has been on view for the public and many of the pieces were beautifully restored.

Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (image copyright The Textile Museum)

They chose such a fantastic color for the walls to offset this collection.  I can’t say I’ve ever really noticed the walls at an art exhibit but this color really does the collection justice.  These warp ikat designs are characterized by vibrant colors (with a lot of primary’s used) and bold, rather large scale motif’s with quite a bit of contrast.

Colors of The Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (copyright The Textile Museum)

I would love to really be able to study the motifs and color combination’s used more closely, it was so inspiring.  It’s no wonder these magnificent textiles were a sign of prestige and status in the Oasis towns of Central Asia.  Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (copyright The Textile Museum)The exhibit also featured a small display and video explaining the technique and process used to create warp Ikat designs.  These were contributed by students at MICA’s Fibers department.  The exhibit is also accompanied by an in depth exhibit catalog (that I would LOVE to have!).  I’ve been a member of The Textile Museum for the past 5 years and I’d greatly encourage you to donate or join if you are inclined to value the research and exhibitions in textiles that this world class museum provides.

January 11, 2011


by heatherkp

I’m excited to share the latest completed textile commission I delivered to clients on Sunday.   This piece was commissioned to fit into a 2 story entrance area in a home that’s design is influenced by Victorian era elements.  I discussed the colors, size and overall feel that the client wanted.  The chandelier and fabric below are a couple of the main elements of design influence.  I wanted to use the peacock feather motif and the colors from the fabric.

I initially did these sketches to get ideas down and then choose materials.  Over the last 6 months or so I’ve worked at the piece at times knowing clearly what I wanted to do an at other times I let the piece sit while I figured out technical or  creative challenges I needed to solve.

A project like this is so rewarding because it challenges you to step into someone else design aesthetic while remaining true to your personal design style.  I knew that this client liked my weaving’s but without my loom set up currently, I was left to find another medium to work with. 

I choose to work elements of weaving into this piece by using the long hand dyed fringe as a major design component.  I also used a subtle toile fabric as the background and selectively  painted motifs that were inspired by a collection of hand colored etchings the client has.  I used layers of sheer fabric bringing in both color and metallic sheen.  Layers of texture are a common theme in my work and this piece ended up having 3 layers of fabric, 1 layer of fringe, feathers and embellishments including stitching and beading.  They were thrilled, I was thrilled and I was thrilled that they were thrilled!  My husband was thrilled to have our dining room table back available for use!

December 31, 2010

Friday::Farewell 2010

by heatherkp

Farewell 2010…it’s been a year of challenges and change and as much as I enjoy rising to a challenge it’s exhausting.  As I reflect on this past year how it began and how it ended are both very different than I ever could have anticipated!  I started the year employed at a relatively creative job, that I was good at and had been doing for over 7 years.  About mid-January that abruptly changed as I decided that I was not inclined to relocate for my former employer.  Okay…now what?

Well, I decided that I would take the year to reflect on where I’ve come over the past decade and to re-assess where I’m headed.  If I was middle aged I might say I was having a mid-life crisis but alas…I am not middle aged and I’m not in a crisis.   I’ve experienced a lot of intense emotions this year.  I’ve been sad, depressed, angry, resentful, ashamed, scared, lost, confused and bitter…Enough!   I spent time reading, traveling, making art, cooking, gardening, volunteering,  talking long hours on the phone with good friends, I had a LOT of FUN and I realized that underneath everything I am an artist at heart, I am an ARTIST!

I am so VERY GRATEFUL for the time I’ve been given this year to do this reflecting, to be spontaneous, to do things that I might not get another chance to do and to try to learn how to just be (I’m not very natural at this but I’m starting to learn)!  I remember watching a TED conference video a couple years ago about a design firm in NYC that closed it’s doors every 7 years and took the year off to re-group, refresh, renew and rest (I can’t find that talk but if you do, please leave a link in the comments).  That’s what this year has been about for me.  For a long time I’ve been going full steam ahead, doing a ton of things outside of work with all my friends and family constantly telling me they were amazed by how much I managed to do and I was CONSTANTLY BUSY. It’s funny, there is something about that perpetual motion that is wonderful but it eventually you have to slow down.  This year I’ve replenished a bit of my depleted energy and reserved some for the years ahead because I’m ready for 2011!  I don’t really do resolutions but I do plan to create a community of creative people around me.

This is the first time I am choosing a word for the year.  Thanks to a little exercise that Kim Klassen posted on her blog I was able to discover that my word for 2011 is CLARITY!  I had a few other words in mind but nothing really clicked until I did this exercise and it came to me.  Setting my intention is powerful and I am so excited to start a new year and see more clearly where I am headed.

~I’m wishing each of you a beautiful New Year!


November 23, 2010

Pause and reflect

by heatherkp

The chaotic frenzy and energy of the holiday season is just about here and I’ve been caught up in the flurry of it already.  I have had some wonderful moments to pause and enjoy the fall season.  These birds for example are always at this same intersection every year around this time and I just happened to notice them on this day with such a spectacular sky as a backdrop.

I also caught the tail end of this demonstration garden as it had been prepared for winter but still had a few blooms on a blustery fall day. 

And in my own garden I marveled at the abundance and simple beauty of the tomatillo harvest.  I was a little awestruck by the greens and purples and the skeletal shells and flower shape openings (that I assume allow for pollinators).  What an amazing little package these fruits come wrapped in.  I made several pints of tomatilla salsa with this bounty and can’t wait to open them up one winter day and savor the bounty of this years harvest.

November 5, 2010

Take a rest

by heatherkp

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.– OvidI hope you can enjoy some rest this weekend.

November 1, 2010

It’s my birthday

by heatherkp

It’s All Saints Day, Day of the Dead and there are no tears in sight.  In fact I am having a great birthday so far.  I had a great brunch with family yesterday (at Redwood) and spent time with friends this weekend and got to relax and curl up with a good book…  Oh, and check out this adorable birthday cupcake I got from my parents over at Leslie’s Fancy Cakes in Bethesda.

I always get sentimental around my birthday and take stalk of my life, where I’ve been in the last year and where I am headed.  This past year has brought about some unexpected twists and turns but I’m hanging on because I do love an adventure and can see around the corner to some pretty great things ahead in the next year.

Another year older!  Certainly nothing to cry about.

October 25, 2010

Brazilian Graffiti ART

by heatherkp

Here is something fun to inspire you for the beginning of the week.  This came to me by way of CMG‘s weekly newsletter on color inspiration and the colors used here are incredibly inspirational and unexpected in some cases.  I find so much more than the colors here inspiring though.  The level of talent and the amazing applications of this graffiti or street art in Brazil is so inspirational.  These artists probably don’t have formal art educations or training but they have managed to express themselves in an authentic way and have made names (even if their identities are not truly known) for themselves.  I love that graffiti is showing up on so many surfaces (cars, 3-d sculptures on the street and in museums).  I have always been a fan of graffiti because it is just a little bit mis-understood and socially unacceptable.

Check out some of the related articles below also, there is a lot of talk about this medium of self expression.