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

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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
11am-5pm
Port City Makerspace
68 Morning Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
REGISTER HERE

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 recovergirl360@gmail.com

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 recovergirl360@gmail.com 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 Vogue.com.

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

 

GIGI BURRIS MILLINERY, Gigi Burris

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Free Play

I am an avid reader of SwissMiss. I especially appreciate her Friday Pack Link. It’s always a well curated list of fresh things that I haven’t seen before.  This past Friday I saw this teaser below.

- The Overprotected Kid: A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

I followed the link over to the article in the Atlantic. It’s about a new kind of playground taking hold in the UK called “the Land” that allows for risky play.

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At the Land playground, adult “playworkers” watch over the children, but rarely intervene. (Hanna Rosin)

It looks like a documentary is being made about the Land.  The director, Erin Davis, lives in Vermont.  Wouldn’t it be great if this documentary could be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in October 2014? It could inspire a Land playground on the Seacoast!

The best part of this whole story is that I shared the Atlantic article on FB, and my Aunt Hep (by marriage) emailed me the message and photos below. Talk about inspiring.

Hi Jen,
I was interested in your Facebook posting about playground ideas, and thought you might be entertained with photos of a playground we built at the local elementary school in 1972.  Our parent teacher group had $600 to spend and found that we could buy one slide, so we decided to go DIY. We solicited materials from the town DPW and got lots of retired power poles, used tires and one nice piece of conduit pipe.  We had a meeting where people could make hands on designs from bits of dowel, O rings and other stuff.  Once designs were selected, the designer was captain of the team to build his or her item.  We had a work day.  We were lucky that the town had dumped swept up road sand in the area for years, so it was an easy surface to build on.  After everything was built, we had another work day to paint the poles in order to minimize splinters.  All ages pitched in that day.  Money was spent on paint and metal rods plus the balance beam which was good lumber.  The playground lasted about 20 years.
xox
Hep

Just look at these pictures.

Playground 1, '72

Playground 2, '72

Playground 3, '72

playground 4, '72

Playground 5, '72playground 6, '72

Playground 7,'72

The balance beam is my favorite.  I CLEARLY remember making my own balance beam in my yard when I was a kid.  I made it with found cement blocks and a plank of wood.  I imagined I was practicing my Olympic routine, over and over and over again.  I remember it as clear as day.

Pale Denim

I’m loving pale denim lately. The ensemble below is by Rachel Comey.

rachelcomey-pale-denimThe top above got me searching on Etsy for similar tops.  I found this one (below). I love the style, and the price is right — only $28.00.  Seems a little heavy and big for summer.  Maybe it would look good with layers in the Fall.

denim-jacket-etsy-475I love this jean-on-jean look below.  So easy to re-create with a secondhand man’s denim shirt.

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And if you are crafty you can try to turn it into a State-like smock.  Check out their fun styling video.

state-smock-450I’m also liking pale denim bottoms like these drawstring jeans below.

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I bought a couple pairs of elastic-waist, pale denim, granny jeans.  They only cost about $2.99 a pair. I guess no one else wants them. Go figure. Below is a pair that I hemmed and pegged.

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Look at how cute Frankie has styled her granny jeans.

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The images in this post and more can be found on my pale denim Pinterest board.