We are so excited to be part of this year's Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco on July 18 and 19 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. This year two pavilions will host over 500 talented vendors. Stay tuned for the complete roster and our booth number and follow us on Instagram
...to update my website and add some new products and images to it! Tadaaaa.... after a super fun foto shoot with friends and their lovely babies, long-term friend and talented photographer Shelly Hanan sent me the moments she had captured... Check out the new photos across the website and have a look at the new products like the washable organic linen hats VERANO that have a removable pom pom so you can throw them in the washing machine if needed or the colorful Frieda Aprons for the little creatives amongst your family. Summer is almost here and both of these newbies are perfect to take outdoors!
Even after 7 years in America I don't seem to have uncovered all the cultural differences yet... Since it's Easter weekend I remembered Easter Sunday as a child or even teenager in my Mother's kitchen in Germany.... A colorfully decorated table would await us with fresh and deliciously smelling bread, homemade jam, sweet butter, deliciously smelling coffee, a huge and freshly cut bouquet of daffodils and... easter eggs!
Soft boiled eggs that were kept warm by wearing a little hand-crochet or hand-knitted hat. So I thought of that lovely Easter tradition my Mom had established and wanted to bring a bit of it to my new home here in California. I am lucky my husband embraces these corky traditions we have over there in "the old world". And a new tradition in our American-German household has been established!
Happy Easter everyone!!
I have been lucky that the Minnesota winter is significantly longer than the California winter and new Enanito hats had to be shipped to the beautiful Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, MN. I added one of our Frieda Denim Aprons to the shipment to test the waters. Let's see what y'all think of it!
Yes, the Grand Hand Gallery will close its Napa, CA location this week. That means two things for me: SADNESS that such an amazing gallery that stands for everything handmade in the US will no longer be part of our community. And CURIOSITY of what comes next.
As the gallery's Art Consultant for the past 1.5 years I have dedicated myself to this gallery and enjoyed meeting all the wonderful and talented artists who's work we were able to represent and sell. My dearest colleague, Kristina, and I have been welcomed so warmly by the community. For the past couple of weeks we have both been so touched by everyone who came in to let us know how sad they are to see the gallery closing. We are so grateful for the community that has valued our impact on downtown Napa and the entire Napa Valley and hope they will follow us along as we make the move to an online presence.
While I will still be curating the little gift store - The Grand Hand Annex - at Napa Valley Museum and my products will still be available at the St. Paul, MN location I now will have a lot of time to focus on my own work and spend more time in my beloved studio. I admit it's a bit scary but I am trusting the process. I believe that now is a good time to really dive in and explore the possibilities of my work in relation with the slow fashion movement. All I've ever thought of was how can we make things that don't have to be replaced in a few months due to bad quality and at the same time keep in mind the impact of the making of every garment on our environment, our own health and our communities.
New and good things will come out of this and I am excited to share them with you as I take this change as a chance.
JUST AN UPDATE
It's been a while since I last posted anything to my blog but that doesn't mean that nothing major happened...
In October a whole batch of beautiful and super soft merino wool arrived. Right on time to get enough hand-knitted hats ready for The Grand Holiday Bazaar at The Grand Hand Gallery - Napa. It was a lovely event and six other talented artists from the Bay Area came to showcase their new jewelry, flower, glass, ceramic and letterpress print designs to all the curious holiday shoppers. The Grand Hand Gallery is now also carrying my work at both, their Napa and St. Paul, MN location so make sure to go by and check them out.
Then there was my hand-knitted YOLOTLI advent calendar that The Grand Hand Gallery put out for their clients the second year in row. It holds 25 little hand-made treasures that are gifted to gallery visitors on the 25 days from December 1 leading up to Christmas Eve.
One of the clients loved it so much that she ordered one from me. The image above shows the finished calendar. Each of the 25 hats has a different design and is attached to a 100" long handmade rope. It was such a fun project to work on as I had a real excuse for catching up with ALL the episodes of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood in 4 weeks!
Now winter is almost over again here in Napa and I can finally go back into my studio, which was without electricity until the end of November [since the earthquake happened in August]. I've had lots of time to think about what to do for this year while I couldn't access my studio.... More about that soon here on my blog.
It's almost been five weeks since the 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Napa, my hometown of choice since 2008. Life has been a bit like a roller coaster since then, with after shocks and a still shocked community. Seeing everyone come together and help each other has been an amazing experience in this town. Things that had seemed important in our lives until then just aren't anymore and once again we are trying to be more conscious about our life-styles, living in the present moment and being compassionate. Focussing on what's really important almost becomes a mantra to us.
That being said - my husband and I decided to leave town with our niece about 10 hours after the earthquake [and after we had made sure everyone around us was OK]. We had planned a hiking trip to Yosemite Park and wondered if we should postpone the trip after what had happened. But leaving this town that all of a sudden had become a news headline was the best we could have done. We just needed to feel safe again. We enjoyed long hikes and quiet nights and my niece loved the excursion into the rural areas of Yosemite, keeping herself warm with one of my Ehecatl hats!
Returning to Napa we found out that our studio still was without electricity and it has been without electricity since it went out in the early hours of September 24.
With all the distraction that this earthquake has caused and my lack of studio time [in the interim I have a tiny and somewhat functioning workspace setup in our garage] all of a sudden there seems to be time for things that have long been procrastinated... one of them is to arrange for a photo shoot for some of my new products [see my dear friend Israel Valencia of Infinity Visuals photographing one of my dresses].
Another one of my neglected projects was to finally update my website and research some new and potential materials for some new YOLOTLI products - locally! A field trip to an amazing felt artist in the area is scheduled for October 20. By then I hope to come back to a well illuminated studio!