Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Conversation in Design

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I am well aware of the risk I take in answering a completely complimentary introduction by a dear friend with an equally complimentary acknowledgement, thank you and reply.  It's like those pairs of artists who are continually chewing on the awesomeness of the other,  always talking about how amazing the other is.  Yet with that very risk in mind (you know the one I mean- actors do it so well) I would just like to say that, my friend Natalie Chanin is AMAZING.  There.  Take it. 
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I don't even remember which one of our "dates" together it was that she asked if she could work with some of my prints.  The first maybe?  But it was one immediate hard swallow + one breathy "of course" later that we took the first small steps to making something together. I've spoken here before about my interest in and love for her process, and the idea of having any tiny thing to do with it, really set my heart racing.  All the honor, and flattery aside, I just wanted to watch her work on this and see what would happen.  Witness my little tiny prints becoming something new and realized through another vision.
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Her process is not a fast one.  Rather it is mindful, deliberate, deep-breath-inducing even.  I am a fast paced worker on many things, but I have never been more willing to be patient.  Delighting in the tiny "postcards" of progress (above) she would send to me from time to time.
Little Flowers Skirt
Until just recently where I squealed (smiled, heart fluttered) getting to see the Little Honey print translated into a raw, pure language that only she could speak.

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And there it is.  A friendship set in cloth.  Stories exchanged, phone calls dialed, texts tapped, art drawn, threads pulled, a conversation had.  Stencils shown above promising an even deeper walk into our chapter.  Rolling out over the next several weeks, as fall creeps in.
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I am beyond honored, and feel very humbled.  Every visit with Natalie makes me feel like I've just had a much needed drink of water, and I can't help but feel the same after looking through her work.

Enjoy a look at our Little Flowers blossoming here and there in her Fall Denim Collection.
Thank you Natalie.
xo, Anna Maria

30 comments:

  1. Drooling my brains out -- utterly gorgeous!

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  2. You are both amazing women. I have admired and loved Natalie's style for quite some time now. I love what is developing out of your collaboration.

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  3. Wow. I'm just getting ready myself to try out some of her techniques.
    I love what she did with your flowers.

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  4. Oh my goodness! I've just been researching her! It's the meeting of 2 of my favorite sewing minds! Congratulations. May the friendship be long and prosperous. :)

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  5. Wow. That sounded really Trekky. I guess Mr. Spock comes in handy every now and then, huh? :)

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  6. Nothing long with friendship being long and prosperous!! My wish too, love the take on your design.

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  7. I saw this baby doll top on Natalie's blog. Such a lovely collaboration!

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  8. Natalie's work is amazing, I love her process too, wish I could slow down like that.
    I love you prints, What a wonderful outcome!

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  9. Makes me think of something I might dream of but would then turn out too good to be true! I'm a big fan of both of you. The photos are so inspirational. I especially love the one of the stencil. It seems to speak to the unique quality of this collaboration. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I'm speechless... when I saw the picture, I instantly recognized Natalie Chanin's work (I have her 3 books), but thought in the same time it was quite different from her usual style. The result of your collaboration is amazing and completely swoon-worthy. What a sparkling friendship! :)

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  11. Wow, this looks stunning. This is so inspiring for a young learner like me.

    Good luck with all your future work.

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  12. So amazingly gorgeous. The red and slate gray pieces are especially stunning. I cannot wait to see what else you both are working on together!

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  13. Anonymous8:31 AM

    In my book, both of you ladies are rock stars - no, wait a minute, you're BIGGER than rock stars! This collaboration is beautiful!

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  14. I am so in love with this collaboration - my 2 favorite designers!! I can't wait to see it all that y'all do!

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  15. love natalie's work, and also have her books -- and have made a few items from them! what a great collaboration. thanks for sharing.

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  16. When I saw this on her facebook feed I gasped out loud! I took her workshop this spring and it made me so incredibly happy. Having never been one to hand sew, I totally get what you mean about her deliciously slow, intentionally savored speed. It was mind blowing and game-changing for me. I am BEYOND DELIGHTED that you two are working together!!!!!

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  18. Two of the worlds most talented and beautiful women collaborating equals garments from heaven. Love, love, love.

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  19. the joys of the collaborative sewing circle reach far beyond the actual object...

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  20. Good golly, slay me now! You know I love you both. This is definitely a match made in heaven. That little honey stencil makes my fingers fidget. Well, I best go work on my current NC project tonight to make room!

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  21. You are two of my favorites - I love this!!

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  22. Love Alabama chanin. What fabric did the flower design come from.? Linda Gerig

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  23. Such an interesting combination of both your designs, it looks totally different from anything either of you do alone, I love it! It would be lovely to see some of your butterflies in her work, I could just imagine then all embroidered and covered in beads and sequins...

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  24. Oh my Anna Maria, I am desperate to buy myself a piece...I need to start saving. Does she ever have a sale??

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    1. Pam, she is in fact having a sale over labor day weekend :)

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  25. Colleen5:07 PM

    Wow, I never would have put you two together but I love the aesthetic of both of you so much. This makes me happy.

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  26. I love, love, love Alabama Chanin and in fact am in the process of making some of her designs from her books. So many clever people. What a great collaboration.

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  27. Excellent weblog, many thanks a lot for your awesome posts!

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  28. This site is great, filled with a combination of fabric that is interesting motifs.

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