Truth to Materials – Patagonia

I admire the Truth to Materials campaign at Patagonia.  I especially like the look of their reclaimed down scarves by Natalie Chanin.

These scarves look like that type of clothing that you reach for over and over again because they are truly comfortable and warm.

patagonia-scarf-on-woman450Images from Patagonia website.

P.S.  I just bought one in black. A holiday gift for myself.

Dye Workshop Facebook Event Page

I created a FB event page for my Dye Workshop at Port City Makerspace on Saturday, September 20th from 11am-5pm.

Join the event page and invite your friends.  I’m sharing lots of great dye inspiration, like these images and links below.

pa-de-calais-tie-dye-fall-inspopas de calais

katrien-van-hecke-inspirationkatrien van hecke

black-crane-dye-inspirationblack crane

karinakarina manarin

The cost of the workshop is only $35 per person. There is no additional charge for the materials. All the money raised will go to support Port City Makerspace and their programs.  xo jam

Dye Workshop – Sept 20th @ Port City Makerspace

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 10.28.12 AMRegistration is open!

Half-Day Hand-Dye Workshop
Saturday, September 20th
Port City Makerspace
68 Morning Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Join me for a fun and relaxed hand dyeing workshop. To start, we will mix a soda ash bath and prep squares of fabric. We will review folding and tying techniques. Both immersion dyeing and multicolored direct application dyeing will be covered. Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to bring personal projects to work on (aprons, socks, shirts, pillowcases, towels, etc.) This is a great opportunity to make a personal holiday present for a friend or family member. Just remember — your personal items need to be made of natural materials, like cotton, silk or linen.

This past May, I participated in a workshop with the modern master of tie-dyeing, Shabd Simon-AlexanderShabd even taught Martha Stewart how to tie-dye!  I learned so much in Shabd’s workshop, but the best thing that I learned was how fun and meditative dyeing can be. When all the measuring and prep work is done it’s just about working with your hands and playing with color.

I hope you can join in the fun! xo jam

Question? email me at

P.S. The last hour or so of the class is for students to work on personal projects. If you need to skip out a little early, you can.

Dye Inspiration from Emily Hadden

Emily-Hadden-Dye-JobsI can’t wait to play with dye again.  I am inspired by the work of Emily Hadden. Did I tell you that I’m teaching a dye workshop at Port City Makerspace on Saturday September 20th.  The Workshop will only be $35 and you can bring personal projects to work on.  I know, right?  And the money raised goes to support Port City Makerspace.  More details very soon. Email me at if you have any questions.

2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists

Do you follow the CFDA awards? I’m obsessed. I first learned about them through a series of great video shorts that were posted on Hulu about the 2011 competition. You can now watch those videos on

Since then I’ve kept my eyes peeled for more videos online.  They are no longer posted on Hulu.  Last year the video series was available on Ovation TV. What?  Where is that? Needless to say — I missed those videos.  I’m crossing my fingers that I will be able to see the 2014 competition videos BEFORE I know who the winner is — not likely I suppose. As of now the Vogue site says — “The 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund process will once again be documented on the series The Fashion Fund which will air on Ovation TV in November 2014.” #BOOO #PUTTHEFASHIONFUNDONLINE

Vogue just recently announced the finalists for 2014 on their website. Vogue did not include any hyperlinks on their website — but I have! I have obsessively Googled all the finalists and found their websites and videos about them. Enjoy!

EDIE PARKER, Brett Heyman


EVA FEHREN, Eva Zuckerman




GREY ANT, Natalie Levy & Grant Krajecki


ORLEY, Matt Orley, Alex Orley & Samantha Florence

Click on the image below to be taken to an Orley Fashion Film on the Vogue site.  These guys are my favorite so far. I LOVE their sense of color and I love that their fashion film includes two old dudes.



PAUL ANDREW, Paul Andrew


RYAN ROCHE, Ryan Roche

I also am loving what I see on the Ryan Roche website. Great styling.  I also love a crazy-big fluffy sweater/coat.  I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to it. Click on the image below to be taken to the Spring 2014 Ryan Roche fashion short.



SIMON MILLER, Daniel Corrigan & Jake Sargent

I can’t find a video about Simon Miller.  Click on the image below to read an article about them in Details magazine.



TANYA TAYLOR, Tanya Taylor


WES GORDON, Wes Gordon


I hope you enjoy all the videos.  Please let me know if any links get broken.

xo jam