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When I’m not sitting on a bench photographing birds, I’m sometimes at my desk reworking a design. This particular design was inspired by John La Farge’s use of color in the stained glass window, Purity, located at Trinity Church in Boston. The original scarf produced has a green border. A new dear friend applauded my design efforts and then she held the scarf to her skin and said, “Green isn’t my color. What can you do with blue?”

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Green has been replaced by blue and apparently blue does work well for a lot of people. The new blue trimmed scarf will be on the shelves at the shop at Trinity Church later this spring. Hope you have the opportunity to visit and see for yourself.

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I’m not sure I quite get Pantone’s “living coral” as Color of the Year but it did engage my brain … like the visual equivalent of a writing prompt … to seek out where that color might already be around me. I haven’t found it (yet) but I did chance upon a photo of decorative glass composed of other lovely pastel shades. And as I stared at that photo I began to imagine what might happen if I continue this new year with my interpretation and expression of John La Farge’s idea of “construction by color.” As you can see in the following slide show, you never know what might happen when you take colors, turn them on their sides, weave them together, shrink and repeat them … and so on and so forth until glass is translated into fabric.

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The scarf, 36 x 36, will soon be available exclusively at the shop at Trinity Church. You can follow the shop facebook page and instagram account to stay on top of this and other items I’m honored to have appear on the shelves.

 

 

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A new scarf designed for the shop at Trinity Church in Boston. It is 36 x 36 making it versatile as do the variety of bright, bold colors. It dresses up the simplest outfit. Coming January 2019. Inspired by the stained glass designer John La Farge.

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You’ll find this original design at the Welcome Center gift shop at Trinity Church in the City of Boston. The source of inspiration is the decorative detail found around the window Purity designed by John La Farge. You can learn more about the shop here.

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Before I leaned over the stairwell to photograph the window, I asked the gentleman at the front desk to listen carefully. If he heard a thud, he should come running. Luckily there was no thud and I was able to photograph an interesting decorative detail from the window, Purity, by John La Farge.

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In the early 1900s, during a lecture to young architecture students, John La Farge made the point that “The use of color in architectural decoration is not mere arrangement of pleasing tints. It is a matter of construction by color.” His philosophy is evidenced throughout Trinity Church. The rich colors and bold patterns he produced provide great inspiration for new custom merchandise from the simplicity of a square coaster to so much more including a green bordered 36 x 36 chiffon scarf, canvas pencil pouch and fountain pen. You’ll be able to find these items on the shelves of the shop at Trinity Church starting in January. Below is a slideshow of how a new pattern evolved from its original source. Hope you enjoy!

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The exterior of the National Technical Museum is austere but the interior is magical. The exhibits are well curated to appeal to the child of any age and background. There were at least 11 major exhibits, and my favorites were Astronomy and the Measurement of Time. Prague was home to astronomers Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) and Johannes Kepler (1571-1630). The Astronomy exhibit, and the Measurement of Time, with great reverence and artistry, highlight the Czech contribution in these fields. Easy to visit via public transportation. A lovely kid and adult friendly cafe in the basement.

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I’m having a great time playing with the early autumn light. Use these acrylic blocks as suncatchers or paperweights or both. You can find them in one of my online shops by clicking here.

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I’m hoping to expand the collection throughout the autumn in time for holiday needs but I think they make unique gifts anytime of year.

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In addition to my own images, I see exciting opportunities to work with the digitized images of great works of art that are now available for use in the public domain.  The creative journey continues. 🙂

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