I was thrilled to receive an email from Shannon Quimby, (an internationally recognized designer, photo stylist, author... the list goes on of her amazing accomplishments) inquiring about my designs and her desire to use some of my handmade bags and hats in her upcoming photo shoots for national publication! I met with her a few days later at her gorgeous home in Portland (one of America's first homes to be built on zero waste! Beautiful!) to discuss her creative process and to drop off Rizom goodies for her shoot in Portland. I found Shannon to be a beautiful, talented, gracious, down to earth woman with a wonderful sense of style & humor and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with her. Here are a couple of pieces that I just finished for her to take with her on a shoot in Texas coming up next week. So stoked!
this handmade one-of-a-kind hat, the 'mountain star', was inspired by a magical night camping deep in the mountains of the pacific northwest... with darkness settling in, gazing up between the dense growth of magnificent trees, i was delighted and comforted by the glow of twinklling white and blue stars dancing all around us. a moment of happiness... pure & simple... the 'mountain star' hat is a memento of a happy night spent in the cold mountains communing with trees and stars... a great hat for camping in the woods, combing the beaches or making your way through the concrete jungle.. available here
I've been meaning to blog about this sweet vintage French linen tote bag. This one was custom made for a very special customer on Kauai recently (lucky bag...). I love everything about this little one! She is the perfect size, roomy enough to fit all of your essentials, fits snugly around your arm & ready to travel with you everywhere. It has a leather bottom insert for structure. Thin, beautifully aged vintage leather straps that gives it a delicate look to an otherwise workhorse of a bag. I love the fit so much that I made 2 more (in different fabric/coloring) which will be listed soon. Wishing you a love filled weekend!
here's one of my latest handmade sun 'n shade hat named 'constellation' for a very sweet lady who needed a stylish protection for her face when combing the beaches of the eastern shoreline looking for sea glass treasures... this beauty will certainly do a good job at that! happy hunting!
River by Mary Oliver The river Of my childhood, That tumbled Down a passage of rocks And cut-work ferns, Came here and there To the swirl And slowdown Of a pool And I say myself- Oh, clearly- As I knelt at one- Then I saw myself As if carried away, As the river moved on. Where have I gone? Since then I have looked and looked For myself, Not sure Who I am, or where, Or, more importantly, why. It’s okay- I have had a wonderful life. Still, I ponder Where that other is- Where I landed, What I thought, what I did, What small or even maybe meaningful deeds I might have accomplished Somewhere Among strangers, Coming to them As only a river can- Touching every life it meets- That endlessly kind, that enduring
One of my favorite mid century prints that I have treasured for years and years, it speaks to me in so many ways, as Mary Oliver does, the poetry is in the print as it flows out and swirls about, like a graceful river, in all it's beautiful muted colors of nature.
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush ...
excerpt from 'Spring' by Gerard Manley Hopkins
the wonder, the colors, the freshness, the taste, oh the happiness of spring! blessed with rain, the spring comes alive with technicolor brilliance here in the pacific northwest, so much goodness one's heart sings with joy! the 'botanical' sun 'n shade hat, made of a gorgeous blooming vintage mid century linen is a visual ode to the magic of springtime and the anticipation of heading outdoors into the sunshine!
Ever drifting, drifting, driftingOn the shifting Currents of the restless main; Till in sheltered coves, and reaches Of sandy beaches, All have found repose again.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the poem 'Seaweed'
This bag.... A labor of love, countless hours upon hours stitching & dreaming of the foggy gray coastline, walking in meditation, heaps of scarred driftwood that have seen the world, good stories kept in silence, tangled up in seaweed, it's most trusty drifting companion, draped beautifully giving itself to dryness of the land. All these thoughts and images of my day dreaming mind and methodical hands incarnated into the lovely Driftwood + Seaweed Slouch.
Happy to introduce my latest Sun 'n Shade Hat in 'Wildflower'! Inspired by our generous Mother Nature, the hills are alive with springtime goodness! My hats are very unique yet classic and wears beautifully...
please see this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/190040991/handmade-one-of-a-kind-eco-linen-canvas
I've never found better inspiration than nature for anything beautiful in life. Two recent sightings as case in point... Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
The latest by Rizom Designs, the Sail Away Tote ~ made for travels along the coast and beyond...
One of my latest pieces made in honor of the beautiful verdant green headlands that sit majestically over the great blue horizon all along the edge of the world.
custom rizom bag deemed 'dark & stormy' for a very special girl with a certain punk rock flair...
The Forest Park Tote Bag is a thing of great ruggedness, purposefulness & beauty as all natural things & places are in this world...