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Designing Women (and Mark G. Harris)

January 26th, 2010 (04:16 pm)

current mood: thankful

In my recent LJ Runway Monday post, I mentioned fabric that I was given by Lynne and Lindsey. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of Lynne's donations, but there are some other people I'd like to mention, too. Kathy S saved a couple of bags of fabric scraps from being thrown away and brought them to me. I've gone through them and found some delightful little pieces that will be fun for designs. There are also a couple of pieces that are too large a scale for Barbie, like this one:

but you never know what use my trusty sewing machine and I might find for that. Be afraid. Yes, I'm talking to YOU.

Then, last night, I thought to go by the post office, where I found packages from Mark G. Harris and my LJ/FB/Twitter buddy rain_wolfe. Mark sent some fabrics that he knew I'd love--thanks so much, Mark! There was also fabric in rain_wolfe's package. Of course, I'm not going to show y'all ANY of these fabrics because then it wouldn't be a surprise when I use them in my designs. But I bring all this up for a reason.

Included in rain_wolfe's package was a book I'd never seen called The Art of Barbie. As described by the Daily Telegraph, the book, which came out in 2000 just after Barbie's 40th birthday, presents "Unique and individual interpretations of Barbie by a diverse and glittering range of artists, photographers, designers and sculptors." These include such fashion icons as Missoni, Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Paloma Picasso, among dozens of others. Considering my enjoyment of Barbie and fashion, it's a perfect fit! Even better, all of the sales of the created designs and art, as well as all of Mattel's licensing royalties, went to The Elton John AIDS Foundation. What a brilliant gift!

There is one distressing note. Tucked inside the book was this fantastic bookmark made by MouseRug. You really should check out their site, because as I discovered, their products are not just for mouse pads and bookmarks. Abby happened to be here because I was photographing her for a Flickr contact, and she pounced on my bookmark and claimed it for her loft apartment.

Oh, well, it is the Qashqa'i shekarlu rug, copied from the one that was draped over Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic couch. Maybe this will give Abby some interesting dreams.

Thank you all for the terrific surprises. I think you were instrumental in making my headache go away so I could finish my last painting well before the end of the week!


If you own any of the books in the opposite side bar and would like them signed, mail them to:
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Please include three dollars for return postage. Thank you.

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