Sunday, December 31, 2017

holiday craft fairs!

winter craft fairs have come and gone! as have the holidays. the past few months have been a whirlwind! i'm still catching up around here. i had an amazing time at DUCF and DIYpsi this year, as always. i'm telling you, the folks that make up the midwest craft scene are the all-around best, and every year i ask myself, "how do i get to know these people?" because it's an absolute privilege to be included in this basket with these amazing human beings. i'm close friends with many of these makers and see several year-round. but at these winter shows, it's like a family reunion where you get to see and high five and drink beers with all the rest that come from all over to peddle crafts in a basement or in the largest masonic temple in the world. these are my people. there is a magic in the air as we're slap-happy and exhausted, slanging crafts, making jokes, and covering each others tables as we try to run to the bathroom.

i'm currently smiling ear to ear with tears in my eyes thinking about everything. dang argyle isn't my main job. i do this for fun, and to be in this amazing community, and for the creative outlet. sure, it's hard to do it all, but i wouldn't change anything. i just did my 12th DUCF -- that's crazy! how have i been doing this this long? it's pretty much all i know at this point.

in 2018 i look forward to plenty more of this craft life, which includes attending my first midwest craft con, crafty sleepovers, craft-a-way camp, kayaking excursions, brunches, and another year of no sleep til DUCF.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

investigating letterpress

this fall i started dabbling in letterpress at work, and i had the chance to visit wolverine press in ann arbor. it is such a magical space! the beautiful type and old machinery everywhere had my senses in overload and i was super inspired to make. not just letterpress design, but make in general.

i love the history of this art form. the organization. i even like how there are so many tools with names, and how long the process of setting type takes. i usually like projects with quick outcomes, but there is something meditative about this process that i'm looking forward to exploring more of.

Monday, July 24, 2017

summer show time!

poster designed by the amazing nicole ray of sloe gin fizz
you'll find dang argyle with some freshly printed goods at the DIYpsi summer festival coming up august 5-6! this show is always a blast, and i look forward to doing a warm-weather show for a change!

Monday, July 17, 2017

craft-a-way camp!

photo by amy cronkite
craft-a-way camp is one of my favorite weekends of the year. this was the 4th year for it and this year knocked it outta the park! the workshops were amazing, the people, the food, the pom poms!

amy and ethan of small craft do an amazing job of fostering creativity within a community. their passion is infectious. they've been doing it for years in various formats, and craft-a-way camp has become their 3rd child. and let me tell you, they are great parents! donned with new hand-crafted whistles, tie dye shirts and kick-ass truckers caps, they lead the way and kept us on track and off track in the most unbelievable way possible. we have created a wonderful crew of campers who share that age-old camp bond that sticks with you forever. make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, the other gold.

this was my 4th time going to camp and my first year teaching a workshop. i taught sashiko embroidery to 28 eager campers, and it was fun. when teaching anything its always great to see how students interpret the skill and add their own flair to it. (austin's garfield! katie's big dipper!)

for two straight days we crafted away, opting to snack along the way rather than break for meals. workshops were also lead by amy cronkite, marcy davy, katie bramlage, katie whitehouse, and val willer. we screen printed a pre-tie-dyed shirt, made sun printed candles, faux feathers, ceramic talismans, morse code necklaces, a bonus ceramic necklace, and pom pom hangings.

crafting by day
crafting by night
we crafted, laughed, and enjoyed a vegan potluck. we wrapped yarn balls in a self-created lounge with handmade twig chandeliers, crafted in the dark til midnight, had a sweet campfire sing-a-long (feat. Violin, guitar, keyboard!) to some madonna, prince and bowie. we ran with sparklers, did yoga, and we gave each other some sincere looks.

it was blissful and amazing beyond words. and have i mentioned how the weather was perfect? it was.

read these amazing words if you want to read the official camp recap by small craft and then cry your eyes out like i did.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

beautiful books

this is one of the most beautiful books i've seen in a long time. it's a children' s picture book by isabelle simler, and i highly recommend a read or a look-through. the illustrations are to die for - in so many shades of beautiful blue. the book offers a serene and calming journey as the day progresses into the magical blue hour for many animals.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

it is happening again

it is indeed happening again! anyone else super excited about the return of twin peaks in less than two weeks? i'm nervous, but excited. i mean, lynch is at the helm, so it has to be good, right?
remember that time 4 years ago when i threw a super fun twin peaks party and my friends came dressed up to hang out in the red room i made?
remember when i used to sew pouches like this? sold 'em on etsy. most of the ones that sold were shipped to europe. and i never even made one for myself.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

up north, hot damn style

michigan is the most beautiful and i love getting away up north to explore and admire what this state has to offer. last weekend the weather in traverse city was perfect for exploration of the bay, delicious foods, and fabulous ciders.

Friday, January 06, 2017

a family who sews

my seven year old niece wishes to be a fashion designer. the girl is really into clothing and accessories. even as a toddler she refused to put on PJs that didn't involve a skirt. the girl is hardcore! 

the other weekend after enjoying the fashion at the avant garden exhibit, we got her great grandma's sewing machine in working order and she began her first sewing project. she was soooooo excited, and she was a good sport! her first project? she made a small stuffed phone for her sister, since she doesn't have one. ha! too funny. her next projects may involved a furry pillow and a tiny sequined dress. we shall see! i hope she sticks with it. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

avant garden

after a busy holiday season it was nice to relax and escape winter in the warmth of the botanical gardens. the magnificent avant garden exhibition was happening, and it did not disappoint. the exhibit wove together fashion and nature with seven full-size dresses made from plant-based fabrics in the conservatory, and oh my, they were majestic! there were also small fairy-sized dresses on tiny hangers throughout, which my nieces enjoyed finding. 
this exhibit is only up through the 8th of this month though. even if you don't make this one you should still head on over to the nearest botanical garden and take a break from winter.