Our blog has been silent since before Christmas, as we decided we needed to take a break from our whirlwind fall. Lee and I settled in for a quiet non-travel Christmas and New Year’s. Alas, when we were ready to get back to work, Lee’s mother, Mary Ann Liggett, took a serious turn for the worse in her recent battle with acute leukemia. She lost that battle just weeks after her 93rd birthday. She was a determined woman who shared a love of fashion and colors with me. She spent her adult life in Lincoln, Nebraska and when the family and friends gathered to remember her, all knew she had lived a good life and fought the good fight.
We are back to work now and relieved to settle down again in our New Mexico property with our dogs, alpacas and fellow creatives!
During our little bit of down time, we worked with sewist Charmaine Brown to infuse our men’s vests with the color and drama of the collage felting that made our women’s jackets sparkle in 2016! The first vest is finished and we think it is a keeper.
Both front and back have splashes of color created by felting recycled silks and rayon fabrics into the rich natural brown alpaca fiber. Lined in a bright copper fabric (yes, similar to the fire nymph). Finished with buttons that follow the bronze/gold highlights of the vest.
This is the inspiration piece for our 2017 Earth and Sky Collection. Yep, once again inspired by the never-ending natural beauty and colors of New Mexico. This collection will feature natural, undyed alpaca fibers emboldened by collage fabrics. We put buttons and other fasteners on the right side, as is common in men’s wear, but of course women can wear these items, too!
The Earth and Sky Collection will debut at Sacramento Mountain Weavers, our newest gallery and the only one that carries men’s clothing. If you have not dropped in, the gallery is on Route 14 in Cedar Crest, before you get to the turn off for Sandia Peak and Ski area.