Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Scandinavian poetry, part nine.

Rolf Jacobsen

Within every day there is a small heart
and an open hand.
Perhaps each day is a life in itself.
The morning has it's law and so does the evening
and at night there is a crown of fire above our house
that no one can reach.

The summer brook's little white brow
is full of thoughts it can't hold onto
and belongs in another world, crystal pure
but more fleeting, always music.

The spruce cone falls like the stroke of a gong
and some nights are full of bronzelike light.
The trout wanders in it's river like a trail
of fertility deep in the heart, it has
a mouth that gapes and swollows without drinking.

To this world too belong women's small delights:
a cat in the lap, soft words to children
and everything that grows, the threads on a loom,
three finger-tracks on the window in the evening
they are too small to name but they are
perhaps the low grass in our life,
the green wave that washes around stones on the beach
and the brook with the white brow,
unthinking, full of music.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

House by the Sea..and lovely things happening all around in nature

inside: a beautiful bouquet of white peonies on my table, buds on almost all of my old geraniums (two of them have broken into bloom the last days), a flowering "hoya plant" (waxplant).

in my garden: lots of horsehoofs, sign of life on most of my rosebushes, red fresh shootings through the ground on all(!!!) of my precious peony plants. the first butterfly of the year appeared there today: a beautiful lemon-yellow colored one...*smiling*....

in the nearby forest: the ground is covered with carpets of white "wood anemones" together with some in-between spots that are covered with the blue beauty "liverleaf". such a lovely colorcombination!

lately i have enjoyed listening to this song by moddi, a lovely norwegian musician.
music and lyrics by Pål Moddi Knutsen:

House by the Sea

They say home is the place where your heart is
then I am home now though I am far away
for so long I’ve let deep forests guard it
and now it’s begging me to stay
and I’m trying my best to be tough
to pretend I am strong and can siphon it off
but I’m not who I wanted to be
in my heart I belong in a house by the sea

they say home is a place where you’re needed
then I am home now but I am leaving
to feel my feet being kissed by the seaweed
and I’ll be silent and kiss it back
this is not who I want you to see
it’s just adding on weight to the darkness in me
and from the little I have understood
I believe that a house by the sea would do good

they say home is a place you can choose to be
and I’ve decided to carry home inside me
so it’s not really as if I am leaving
it’s more like something pulling me

‘cause behind everything that I do
I just want to forget, want to carry this through
fill my lungs with the sweet summer air
in my heart in my mind I am already there
yeah behind everything that I do
I just want to come home and lay down beside you
and then I’ll be who I wanted to be
in my heart I belong in a house by the sea

Thursday, April 25, 2013


i feel so incredibly spoiled......
the most beautiful porcelain bowl was waiting for me at the post office today!!!!!!
it was both made by and gifted to me by the lovely elizabeth....
i can't put into words how wonderful it feels in my hands and the colors...oh gosh the colors...they are HEAVENLY beautiful...*smiling*...
dear elizabeth i know it is ment to be used as a bowl but i am so MADLY in love with it that i am using it as a tea"bowl"cup too because then i can touch it all day long!

happy weekend

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


i LOVE the colors on the flowers that i have on my table now.......such refreshing ones.
yesterday i saw a Common Chaffinch in our garden for the first time, such a pretty little bird.
seeing new ones always makes me excited!
early in the morning today i noticed that the first buds on one of my old geraniums
had opened after having slept through the long wintertime,
what a perfect way to start the day...*smiling*...


Oh do you have time
to linger
for just a little while
out of your busy

and very important day
for the goldfinches
that have gathered
in a field of thistles

for a musical battle,
to see who can sing
the highest note,
or the lowest,

or the most expressive of mirth,
or the most tender?
Their strong, blunt beaks
drink the air

as they strive
not for your sake
and not for mine

and not for the sake of winning
but for sheer delight and gratitude--
believe us, they say,
it is a serious thing

just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.
I beg of you,

do not walk by
without pausing
to attend to this
rather ridiculous performance.

It could mean something.
It could mean everything.
It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote:
You must change your life.

by Mary Oliver

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Warning…...Post Overload; Bride's, Bridesmaids, Trials, Styled Shoots, the Works!

 I apologize for not posting sooner. It has been so so busy and I am so so pregnant! Officially on maternity leave to be exact. The whole team has been busy with wedding's, bridal trials and shoots. This is the longest post ever because I'm playing catch up all in one post. So enjoy or be overwhelmed with lots and lots of hair-styles and beautiful women :)

There is a mix of all (the team) of our work and I tried to specify which. The one's below are my work mixed with some help from Abri on some bridesmaids assisting at wedding's. Later in the post I will specify Abri's and Shana's trial's. 

Some of Shana's trials below…

Some of Abri's trials below….

Below is a style-photoshoot I worked on this past week. These are sneak peaks of the looks we were going for. I'm excited to see how it all turns out, should be an amazing one, with once again very talented vendors, stay tuned!


-my body has forced me to spend some days in bed. i have been listening to the different sounds outside my open window: laughing kids, lots of birdsong (and even the sound of a woodpecker), heavy wind and the sound of  "dancing" raindrops against the window glass.
-drinking Brandi's lovely herbal tea blend Halcyon Days. it is such a feast for the eye every time i am preparing a cup: the beauty of organic rose petals, red raspberry leaf, lavender blossoms, calendula petals, tulsi and gotu kola.
-have baked this and this, both VERY delicious!!...*smiling*...
-knitting and unraveling......knitting and unraveling again before finally deciding on making this one.
-digging a little bit in the soil in my garden. i noticed that the peonies are already shooting!
-have just sent a parcel to Helen Sarah, containing a old cardigan that she is going to mend for me. She is doing a sashiko inspired mending project and it is open for everybody.
check it out here: Sashiko inspired mending project open to all.
-i have been gifted two lovely crocheted necklaces made by my mother, wearing one of them today.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A conversation with Tilly

V: I am so happy that you said yes to doing this conversation post together with me Tilly! It is not a very long time since i stumbled upon your beautiful blog but since then it has for sure been on my "must read list"...*smiling*. Excited about getting to know a little bit more about you and also about your unique work. First Tilly can you tell us a bit about yourself ?
T: My name is Tilly and I am a French 33 years old maker / textile designer. But beyond that, I am a daydreamer, a wanderer, a collector...Two years ago, after I graduated (Applied Arts + Textile Design), I moved in my grandfather's house, in a tiny village up in the mountain in the Aubrac area. This is a life which is far different from the one I used to have in Paris, but I don't regret the choice I made. I feel like I belong here. Both the house and the landscapes are inspiring.

T: I have two lives. By day, I work in a small bakery shop. A job which is miles away from my world but it offers me a real connection to the reality. It allows me to socialize, to meet people, a thing which is not easy when you work alone in your studio...
And at night, when I come home and close the door, I am a maker / story teller. I put the kettle on, light the studio, serve myself a cup of tea and enjoy the comfort of being home, sitting at my desk, making lace out of mohair and fleece...

V: Can you tell us about {land(e)scape}

T: {land(e)scape} is a small company founded in 2012, on a winter's night. At the moment, it provides objects for the self, such as jewelry or textile accessories.
The pieces are inspired by nature and the journeys I made (real or imaginary). That is the reason why most of the objects carry a number. It's like a collection of souvenirs. Or a re-collection, I must say. All of them are patiently and lovingly made by hand, in very limited series.

V: What is for you the biggest blessings about being an artist and also what do you find to be the biggest challenges about it ?
T: Because I have these two lives, I can easily answer that question ! Ahahah ! I guess that « being an artist » as you say (I don't really like that word, and I don't consider myself as one) ,gives me this little hidden power to escape from reality. It allows me to enhance my everyday. And others (I hope !) throughout the objects I make ...
I remember that in Freshman Year, when we were still learning how to built a project our teachers wouldn't stop telling us « a design project relies into 3 words and a question : a moment, a place, an action. When you have filled in these blanks, ask yourself « What if ? ». The power of filling the blanks... That is the biggest blessing !
The biggest challenge ? Sorry for being so down-to-earth, but I'd say that this is to make a living out of your passion. No matter how good or how passionate you are, the reality is that only a few indie makers live exclusively from their work... You can go through harsh times and it is difficult to stay focus and positive... Yes, I'd say that, at least for me, that is the biggest challenge. Staying positive and productive, no matter what...

V: What were your thoughts behind this title, {land(e)scape} when you chose it ?
T: land(e)scape is a neologism, a word that doesn't exist. It is a contraction of two words. « Landscape » + « Escape ». An invitation to wander... An open word, a place with no name, no frontier. A place like the wide openfields surrounding my house...
It was also the strange word that inspired me the very first collection I designed. We were in 2008 or 2009 and I was doing an internship at Marie Labarelle at the time (a very talented French textile designer by the way!).
It gave birth to pieces called Highlands, Flowers in bloom, Bloomsbury,... Their shape and texture were highly inspired by nature and landscapes.
This scarf was inspired by an imaginary journey to the Highlands, in Scotland (I know I will go there some day!).

These others were inspired by the Moor, its colour and texture.

Years later, when I founded the company the name came on and on. It was like an evidence. I liked the idea of an invitation to wander. And for that I needed an enigmatic label...

V: I know you have a special feeling for working with mohair but you also use for example artificial silk yarns, alpaca fibers and copper in your work. Can you tell us a little bit about why you have chosen to work with these mediums ?
T: I like working with mohair because it is related to my childhood. It brings me back to warm and soft memories... This is a frothy and light and airy material. It feels like you're instantly brought to another world. Another dimension...
Mohair blurs the contours of any surface. And I guess that this is the reason why I like working with it. In a way, it reinforces the enigmatic character of the pieces. And I'd say that I use Alpaca fibers with the same purpose.
Working with Silk Yarn allows me to contrast with the blurry mohair. The lines are sharper, thinner... And I like contrasts. Light vs heavy. Strong vs fragile. Full vs empty...
Copper. Copper is not as different as it seems. It is also related to my childhood. When I was little, we used to have a house next to a village enhabited by copperware workers. And I remember how fascinated I was by the sound of their hammer on the copper... I like the gesture. It's as if you were back to the basics in a way. And most of the tools I use were my grandfather's... 

V: Your grandma Juliet knitted sweaters for you and your dolls when you were little. Did she or anybody else in your childhood give birth to your fascination and interest for textilework... and for you becoming an artist ?
T: Yes, grandma Juliet has a lot to do with the carreer I embrassed ! She was the best grandma ever ! Ahaha ! Before we moved to Paris, we used to live in a huge house in which there was a studio full of tools, brushes, paint tubes, fabrics, yarns,... Wednesdays and sundays were spent silk painting, woodburning, sculpting,... Our hands were always busy making !
I wasn't particularily interested in textile as a child and a young adult. I used to crochet but that was it. I was pretty much keen on woodcutting (I met a friend during a trip to the U.S. who taught me how to) and painting.
It came pretty late, in college. I met a friend there who was a great embroiderer. She was so gifted and passionnate that she managed to convey her passion. She lent me magazines, books, … and introduced me to a whole new world where possibilities seemed infinite... This is how I met textile. And I must say that it has been a revelation ! Always have a crochet in my pocket ever since, just in case... Even at work... But husssh!!! don't tell my boss!

V: Can we get to see some images from your studio, where you create your beautiful pieces and also if you could tell us a bit about what kind of atmosphere you like to have around you there when you are working/ creating ?

T: I don't need much. Light. I'm usually more productive on sunny days ! And silence ! Sometimes I break that rule and turn the radio on, but that's quite rare. I really do need silence.

V: Can you share a bit about how you work ?

T: When I'm not working on anything in particular, I take notes (can't read a book without a pen in the hand for instance, just in case...), make pictures, sketch and sample. All these precious things are gathered in huge notebooks. 

V: Where do you find inspiration... What inspires you ?

T: Wow ! I guess that everything inspires me ! The objects I collect (petals, pistils, lichens, stones,...), the blogs / magazines I read, the area I live in and people I meet,...

V: Like you I love Lotta Helleberg's work ! Are there any other artists that you specially love the work too ?
T: Alexander McQueen, Imke Klee, Lyndie Dourthe, Manon Gignoux, Marie Labarelle, Lisanne Janssen, Tinctory, Yoko Isawa, …

V: What others things do you enjoy spending time doing in addition to textile and jewelry work ? I am curious to know if maybe photography is one of them... I just LOVE your photos !!! 
T: Thank you Vibeke ! Ahahah ! Yes, I like taking pictures ! I'm not a word person, and pictures help me to communicate. But I also like cooking (I'm currently experimenting cheesemaking) and … gardening of course ! If I hadn't met textile design, I guess that I'd be a gardener. I could spend hours and days in my garden ! 

V: If you were to learn another craft what would that have been and also why ? 
T: Wow ! I'd love to learn so many new techniques ! I'd love to learn how to weave, to spin wool, to knit … And so many other things ! New techniques mean new ideas !

V: Do you have some new creative projects that you are working on now or having planned ?
T: Well... I'm working on new pieces.  I am a part of the Poppytalk Spring Market. There might be a little contest in july... but I can't tell much about it right now...

{Un chardon en hiver...}#2





V: Lastly, can you share with us three simple things that makes you happy ? Today mine has been homemade blueberry pie, the sun filling my livingroom and the scent and taste of my jasmine tea.
T: Grabbing my coat + the warm mohair bonnet my mom knitted me for Christmas, driving a few miles up to the Highlands. Feeling the heat of the sun on my skin... Going home after a few hours and celebrating this nice afternoon with a cup of a Oolong and chestnut tea...