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Not only will there be a new audio tour available at Trinity Church coming soon, but during the next two weeks, a new scarf will be available inspired by the magnificent mural, Christ Woman at the Well, by John La Farge. Recently cleaned and restored with improved lighting, it is even easier now to understand the impact that this colorful mural, as well as the other interior decorations, had on society when the Copley Square building (the third building for the parish) was consecrated in 1877.

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While best remembered today by many people for his later grand achievements in stained glass, John La Farge was first and foremost a painter of light and color. It is indeed an honor to be surrounded by his work and to be inspired by his creativity.

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Follow the shop Facebook page to keep on top of this scarf’s arrival and of what’s new in general. Tours to learn more about La Farge (and others!) can be found at: https://trinitychurchboston.org/visit

 

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I wrote about it on this blog last year or so ago. Of sitting by the pond in Copley Square on my lunch break. It was a bright sunny day. The surface of the water mirrored all that was around from trees to buildings. But of course the water was clear and so you could see the leaves and other detritus on the pond’s bottom. But the water circulates as well and so things floated on the surface. In the end there was a wonderful layering of light and color that became bright ribbons as the wind added even more motion.

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One of those photos is the source of inspiration for this silk chiffon scarf. Now available for purchase here: http://bit.ly/2GcHRIf

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These canvas tote bags featuring my nature photography are now available at http://bit.ly/2qBb3UD

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I’ve been quite pleased with my own tote bag. While there are several options when ordering through the site, I tend toward the Basic Style with Black Cotton Strap. This one, featuring details from a Margaret Redmond stained glass window, will soon be available at the shop at Trinity Church in the City of Boston.

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Also available online are several new pencil cases or pouches. I use mine as a wallet-like carryall. See a growing collection of pouches at http://bit.ly/2EQ3PjR

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This particular creative expression began as part housecleaning and part trying to entertain myself while housebound during a blizzard (a blizzard which continues, by the way). Flipping through a stack of books I haven’t read in ages, I came across a book about Japanese Noh robes, Patterns and Poetry, produced by the Rhode Island School of Design. A visually stunning book. I was motivated to pick up some colored pens and paper and see what might emerge as I lingered over each colorful page.

Nature is a predominant theme of the costume designs, and so as the world turned white around me I decided to free sketch and see what might happen. Drawing a heron is bit beyond me at this stage but I knew I could handle branches, leaves, berries and butterflies. I scratched a few lines on paper and then moved on to GIMP.

What evolved was the height of simplicity, my little nature sequence of leaves, then berries and then a butterfly in a field. Not quite Picasso but rather fun, I have to say, on a gray day in a troubled world, to produce a colorful flight of fancy. Enjoy.

 

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new cuff bracelet available at the shop at Trinity Church

The it I’m referring to is my creative process.  I was (and still am) one of those children who’d get caught staring off into the distance most often through a window. When asked what I was looking at or for, I could never really say. It wasn’t so much that I was seeking as waiting. At some point, not always, but sometimes, something would crystallize and I would see what I had not before. And its those little finds that I try to highlight in my photography or expand upon in my writing. The same sensibility holds true in the design work I now do.

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For years I’ve had the pleasure of walking past this window at Trinity Church, staring through clear panes, admiring how the light shines through the decorative glass and temporarily paints the floor inside. When surrounded by so many other rich architectural details as one is at Trinity Church, I began to take this lovely but comparably simple window for granted.DSCN7868

But one day I took respite by the window. I leaned against the staircase and simply stared outside.  Then, I don’t really know why except perhaps because the light dramatically changed in some way, I began to look at the window itself, as a whole composed of an assortment of geometric parts and that’s when I saw it. Or it found me. A pattern to play with or in this case to recreate using GIMP.

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The “new” pattern that evolved can so far be found on a cuff bracelet, pencil pouch and pen, all available exclusively at the shop at Trinity Church. https://www.facebook.com/TrinityBostonShop/

 

 

 

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After making that necessary mistake of viewing the morning’s headlines, and after letting my blood pressure return to normal, I decided not to stew in negativity but to find a way to produce positivity. I decided to emulate the wonderful artist Jen Parrish of Parrish Relics. With each new jewelry collection, she gives back by donating a percentage of the profits from the sale of one pendant to a charity. The above pencil pouch can be found in my art of where store:

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With the purchase of this pouch, now through November 15th, 50% of the profits will be donated to a local Boston-area charity serving poor and homeless women. On November 15th I’ll provide an update on monies raised. Thank you!

p.s. The origin of the image … one Sunday I needed to walk, so I walked by the river, and these branches are what I saw.

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Well, it’s not exactly painted. It is a photograph of painted flowers high on a church wall. In this day and age of digital printing it translates well on a silk chiffon scarf. Available here http://bit.ly/paintedscarf

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