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Desert Poet

April 26, 2013

Desert Poet
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THE INSPIRATION: The dusty hues of a desert sunset. Nature's aimless traveler, the tumbleweed. Driving through New Mexico's jagged landscapes: the Badlands of the Painted Desert. Landscapes rife with poetic possibilities. 

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HOW-TO: Embroidery Hoop Dye Paintings

April 9, 2013

The time lapse sunset paintings needed to be soft and foggy like the edges of a cloud. Fabric dye on wet muslin had just the right effect of creating naturally faded colors that blended into one another, using the translucency of untreated fabric to filter natural light through the "paintings". This can be a fun way of tie dying, dip dyeing or ombre-ing circular panels to hang on a wall or in a window

Materials:
-fabric dye (can be bought at Joanne Fabrics)
-unbleached muslin
-large wooden quilting embroidery hoops
-paint brushes
-plastic containers for mixing dye
-salt
-utility knife, scissors

First, mix up your various dyes in the plastic containers (this is when the salt comes in).

Lay out your muslin on a clean flat surface. Separate the embroidery hoop halves and fit the muslin over the interior hoop, securing the fabric by placing the adjustable half of the hoop over the fabric from the other side, pull the fabric tight and secure the adjustable hoop. Trim the excess fabric from the edges. There are two ways you can go from here:

1. Take the fabric out of the hoop and dip it in water. Twist it into a log and dip one end of it into dye. Re stretch it between the embroidery hoops and let it dry with the died side facing up, and let gravity take over the hard part of a natural looking fade as the dye seeps into the un-dyed wet fabric. With this method you can tie dye, dip dye, get creative.

2. Keep the fabric in the embroidery hoop and paint water over the whole surface. Then use your dyes as paints across the surface. This way you have the most control but still get those pretty fuzzy edges.
TIP: if you would like to get more detailed, start painting with the dye before you wet the fabric for the detailed parts. Let them dry, and then wet the whole surface. Now you can add the softer puffs of color.

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Woodland Creature Window

November 22, 2012

Woodland Creature Window
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Inspired by our "Mystic Muses" lookbook, we decided to take nature--and its magic--indoors.  Our very own Thea created these woodland creatures out of feather, faux fur, and a little superglue. Our model and scavenger extraordinaire Natashia brought in her collections of bones, and our well-dressed woodland window was wonderfully realized.

[Chattman Photography]

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Essentials for Fort Dwellers

January 13, 2012

Essentials for Fort Dwellers

Fort ode

If you're like me, you may catch yourself daydreaming about all the totally awesome pillow forts you used to make when the weather was as cold and grey as it is today. Our January window is inspired by the indoor kid in all of us that just wants to hunker down, cuddle up, and hibernate... in a super cute, home-made fortress of coziness.

Essential fort furnishings include, but are not limited to: blankets, lots of pillows, a flash light, board games, your favorite books, and a stash of your favorite snacks.

Essentials for Fort Dwellers

Recommended fort reading: Dr. Seuss

Essentials for Fort Dwellers

FORT-ified

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Masquerading Main Street

October 28, 2011

Masquerading Main Street

If you have walked by our window within the past couple of weeks, then you have seen the masterful creations by Eric Hnatow resting atop our usually headless mannequins. As soon as we adjusted the masks to the forms, it seemed as if they were ready to take off into an "Electric Forest."

In order to create this "Electric Forest" in our window, we called upon our favorite photoshop magic maker, Joanna Chattman. Hot pink trunks and branches burst out of a neon green pathway, while vibrant purple and blue shadow the arboreal space.  We wanted to give Main Street a surge of bold energy to spite the fickle New England weather.

Eric Hnatow is also in a fuzzy electro-pop band with Haley Morgan called Home Body. Follow this link to see Home Body's performance at Flying Object earlier this month.

And mark your calendars: Home Body will be performing for Arts Night Out at Ode on December 9, 6-8 pm. Expect more electricity.

Masquerading Main Street
Masquerading Main Street
Masquerading Main Street