NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

Every Autumn in Rhinebeck, NY at The Dutchess County Fair grounds is a most spectacular event call the New York  State Sheep and Wool Festival. Last week we attended and here are some images from our trip. The festival is about anything to do with sheep and wool, textiles fibers and weaving. That includes animal and sheep dog trials too!

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Back to the garden

I was invited back to care for a garden I designed and installed 7 years ago with my former colleagues. It was nice to get back and tend this little paradise above the NYC streets. This garden has THE MOST phenomenal views of NYC. IMG_3402 IMG_3403 IMG_3404 The plants took a beating this winter and I had to replace the clematis and roses. We are trying this Perpetually Yours  from Heirloom Roses. http://www.heirloomroses.com/perpetually-yours.html IMG_3405 Two of the River Birch had to be replaced  with Japanese Willow. I hope these take off and fill the planter. IMG_3406 This year I mixed fragrant herbs with Coleus, Euphorbia, Sweet Potato Vine, Creeping Jenny and Sagina. IMG_3407 All my gardens have a fairy element to them. A handmade mid fire porcelain mushroom to set the mood.

CLAY AND FIBERS

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I love materials. I feel most familar and confident with clay. Years of experience with Contract fabrics has made me confident to explore hand weaving with natural materials. I was thinking how I could meld the two together? So I hand wove this placemat on  a rigid Cricket loom. I threw the cup and bowl on an electric wheel and hand built the plate from a slab. I think it came out quite lovely. Maybe a hand dyed napkin with hand crocheted lace would complete this table setting? This is a Judy Chicago subliminal influence I would say.

Native New Yorker

Many people come to NYC to get their names up in lights. I was born and raised here and  got the next best thing. My name up in a NYC park. Matthews-Palmer Park on West 46th street between 9th and 10th avenue, in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Yes it is a real place and the neighborhood isnt what it used to be. This park is the site of the stories of The Umbrella Man during the 1950’s. Now its a hot spot on Friday and Saturday nights like Greenwich Village used to be.

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COOPER HEWITT REOPENS

One of my top three museums reopened recently after a couple of years of renovations.

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The coolest exhibit was the IMMERSION ROOM

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Digital versions of historic wallpapers from the Cooper Hewitt collection are projected onto the walls. You can change scale just as you would on an iPad or iPhone.

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Also you can design repeat designs with the tip of your finger.

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