art appreciation: pansy

California based intimates company, Pansy, goes beyond the basic requirements for a great 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 through non toxic dyes. 

There is more to appreciate than the quality of their undies. They have seriously dreamy styling and scenography in their documentation. I’m loving this pastoral shoot that they did. The model interacting with farm animals really illustrates their concern for the life cycle of their garments. And those sheep are adorable! Life goal… by the end of 2018 I want a set in at least 5 different colors.

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all photos from pansy

shearling coat roundup

I promise that I'm not always going to write about 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 really 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, active wear and velvet. So here's the plan, I found some really beautiful and soft organic cotton faux 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 interesting collection of objects. Each one had a sentimental story behind how it came to be mine. One of the down sides 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 are very pale and absolutely need shelter from the sun. So I set out to make us a shelter that is attractive, easy to assemble and I wanted the surrounding nature to be part of it’s 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 extra special, 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 animals that the materials came from. 

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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 from.

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 literally saturated with water and color. The often cold gray skies only accentuate it making the landscape moody and other worldly. Living here has really changed the vibe of my work..

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

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Now 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 ones 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 really influenced my weaving 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 really think about the quality of materials that I was using and the quality of the peoples 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% cottons, linens and nubby silks. So when my Mom started spinning completely sustainable, responsibly sourced wool I was really excited about weaving it up into a tapestry!

farewell homepage

Do you ever get sad when it's time to retire web content? For most of us our lives are documented on the internet; 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 state side. I'm currently 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!