art appreciation: pansy

California based intimates company, Pansy, goes way beyond the basic requirements to create a fantastic panty set. Comfortable, stylish, utilitarian in design, and ethically made. All materials are sourced in the USA and sewn in California. The beautiful array of colors are all achieved using non-toxic dyes. 

There is more to appreciate than just the quality of these puppies. They create seriously dreamy styling and scenography in their documentation. I’m loving this pastoral shoot that they did. I see the model interacting with farm animals illustrating their concern for the life cycle of these gorgeous garments. And those sheep are adorable! Life goal by the end of 2018 I want a set in at least five different colors.

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all photos from pansy

shearling coat roundup

I promise that I'm not always going to write about the things I miss. I do miss my sewing machine though! I am saving up to buy a Bernina 330, but until then I have to wait for my mom to bring my old sewing machine from the USA over to Europe. 

I love how cozy and classy these shearling coats look. Real Shearling coats are pricey pricey! And to make one, you would need a sturdy machine. Which means you are probably going to find an affordable one made out of polyester. I do whatever I can to not wear polyester. My rule is... if it will melt to your skin in a fire... it's no good. I do have to make some exceptions though like for bathing suits, and velvet. So here's the plan, I found some beautiful and soft organic faux cotton shearling from Purl Soho, and I'm going to sew one up using the Sapporo Coat pattern from Papercut Patterns. I can't wait to bundle myself up in it.

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all images are from my Pinterest board to wear

thoughts on shelter

I have been thinking about shelters a lot lately. I’ve been moving now for pretty much a year. It’s crazy! I am ready to put some roots down and make a place feel like my own. When I lived in Chicago and had a steady apartment, I loved to style it, and I had a pretty impressive collection of objects. Each one had a sentimental story behind how it came to be mine. One of the downsides of moving abroad is that you have to pack up your entire life, put it in storage and make the gamble that you will find a place that feels like home to you again.

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One of the objects I have been missing is my beach shelter. I used to love going to the beach on Lake Michigan. My friend, other Sarah (all women named Sarah have multiple friends with the same name and refer to them as other Sarah :), and I am very pale and need shelter from the sun. So I set out to make us a tent that is attractive, easy to assemble and I wanted the surrounding nature to be part of its construction. After all, we go to the beach to have a relaxing afternoon to cool off and watch the horizon.

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On the bright side moving abroad can be a fun adventure. I can easily make a new shelter, and it will be perfect for a beach day on the North Sea.

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Photos by Emily Henson

finished project

I made this weaving from hand-spun wool and horse hair. The horse hair is sentimental to me because it is from the mane of my horse Lena. I designed the inlay sections with the loose wool and horse hair to be reminiscent of the living source of the materials.

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I’m fond of horses. They are seriously majestic animals, and I grew up with them in Kansas. I have to admit though… I’m a terrible rider. It’s my sister who is the authentic horse girl. Even still, I enjoy going for trail rides at a manageable pace. And I'll always feel nostalgic about them.  

This tapestry is a real nod to the slow movement because there is no mystery where any of my materials originated.

weaving inspiration, icelandic horses

I moved to Iceland to be with my Dutch husband, Matthijs. We often go on drives together in the countryside. Coming from such a big city and being surrounded by nature is novel to me. This incredible landscape is spotted with sheep and horses. The green moss here is saturated with water and color. The often cold gray skies only accentuate it making the scene moody and otherworldly. Living here has undoubtedly changed the vibe of my work.

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My current line of textiles is intended for warmer climates. I designed my backpacks for beach travel in Mexico and imagined them amongst the alluring architecture of Luis Barragan

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Currently, I am working on weavings with Icelandic Lopi and horse hair. They have a cozy feel to them. I imagine them looking right at home in a black Scandinavian style home. It’s wild how a place can affect one's style. Now to get to the real reason I'm writing this post... inspiration. The bangs on that horse!

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weaving inspiration, locale and materials

Over the last year moving to Iceland and my Mom learning how to spin wool have influenced my design aesthetic.

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At the core of everything I make is my love for natural materials.  When I was an undergrad at SAIC in Chicago and studying fiber, I started to think about the quality of materials that I was using and the quality of the people's lives who produce those materials. Nothing makes you appreciate the amount of labor that goes into a simple garment than spending hours on a loom and then hours at a sewing machine. It’s a craft that I love but, it is most definitely labor intensive. The fashion industry is one of the most toxic to our environment and creates a bewildering amount of waste.

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With this is consideration slow fashion and making has become a passion of mine. I get giddy over 100% cotton, linen, and nubby silk. So when my Mom started spinning completely sustainable, responsibly sourced wool, I was stoked about weaving it up into a tapestry!

farewell homepage

Do you ever get sad when it's time to retire web content? For so many of us, our lives are completely documented on the internet which is both a positive and negative reality. We can see from our online presence how our lives, ideals, and visual styles evolve. 

My life is currently in flux. I no longer live in Chicago and only have one cat who is living with my sister stateside. I'm now living in Iceland and am Holland bound with my Dutch husband. I'm a designer and slow fashion enthusiast. I'll be sharing my design work, inspiration, slow fashion brands I adore, travel experiences and possibly tips on moving abroad. Enjoy!