Caramel and Butter Cream

Have been working on a few pieces this week in this napa finish merino skin,

and it is so yummy it’s making my mouth water!

LOVE spring & summer, but miss wearing my shearlings, so gearing up for fall!

Shearling Scarf is Separate

Stay tuned for our full fall show schedule, to be posted soon!

 

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The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City

Have you ever seen the largest Cathedral in the world?

Even many of my NYC friends have not been! So here is a chance to explore History, Architecture & Crafts at the annual

Crafts at the Cathedral!

Holiday shopping in the most inspiring environment!

See our shearlings in Booth #5 Upstairs

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Photo: Helena Kubicka de Bragança

From our Suffolk County studio, to The Berkshires, & Back Home for The Hampton Classic

Focus:

Design; Walks on the Beach, Design; taking a Swim, Design; Creating for Winter, Design; Making New Patterns, Design; Stitching Shearling & Leather

Replenishing our imaginations of what we can bring to you in our Upcoming Season.
It’s here!

We would like to Cordially Invite You to be among the first to see our New Work @

The Berkshire Craft Fair
Great Barrington, Ma.
August 8-10

The Boutique Garden @ The Hampton Classic Horse Show
Bridgehampton, NY
August 24-31

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For future shows, click on Upcoming Show Schedule
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The Hudson Valley Arts Festival, a new event, this weekend.

What a great time of the year to head upstate to Rhinebeck, NY, to soak in the beauty of the area, and the arts from fine craft, to film, to music, plus great food. I am bringing lots of shearlings; capes, jackets and coats. New this year?  Lots of styles for petite sizes.

“The Watershed Post” sums up whats going on:

The “Hudson Valley Arts Festival” at Rhinebeck, held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, will be a celebration of artistic expression with a main focus on craft, visual art and music. In addition to 200 of America’s top artists and craftspeople, the festival will highlight the exciting art, culture and food of the Hudson Valley; a line-up of exceptional live music including The Jay Collins Band, the Lindsey Webster Band, Myles Mancuso, CKS,  Mambo Kikongo; live art projects; children’s art activities; docent guided tours; craft demonstrations; book signings and more. Artrider is collaborating with Hudson Valley Tourism, the Dutchess County Arts Council, The Woodstock Film Festival, Chronogram, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and local Chambers of Commerce with the intention of making this event the center of an Annual Arts Weekend for the pleasure of area residents and tourists. Show hours are Friday, October 4 from 10-6, Saturday, October 5 from 10-6 and Sunday, October 6 from 10-5. For more information visit www.artrider.com. Admission is $10

To learn a little about Artrider shows, watch this video………and be sure to note my cameo appearance at 1:48!

The Hampton Classic!

Some shows are definitely more fun to do than others, and The Hampton Classic is on the top of the list.

Located in the bustling Long Island resort area known as “The Hamptons”,  this is a very well produced upscale event.

The eye candy is amazing.

We will have our full collection in the Boutique Garden,

so drive, Jitney, or LIRR it out here, from this weekend sunday-Sept 1!

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

We are so excited to have been selected by the jury to exhibit in the

36th Annual PMA Craft Show

in the category of Leather

The show will be held November 7-10 at the

Convention Center

Mark your calendar, it’s a great show!

This was one of the images we put in our application

A full length coat done in brown napalan shearling, with pieced lambskin design

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Crafts at Lyndhurst

Here is a sweet little lightweight merino shearling jacket

we just finished.

Maybe your size!

Come see it this weekend, on a mannequin in my booth  in the first big  tent,

at Crafts @ Lyndhurst, in Tarrytown, NY.

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also great art & artisan work by

Laura Baring-Gould

Dahlia Popovits

Sherwood Forest Design

Kiln Design

Michelle Lalonde

Margaret Wozniak Ceramics

and many many more talented artists.

The weather looks great, so clip this coupon and come!

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Leather, an Important Media?

The Smithsonian Craft Show opens today, and this show gets me to thinking about the medium we get up every morning to work with, and how it seems to be under represented at some shows, which is important to us, as it is how we make our living.

The breakdown of exhibitors at the Smithsonian Show this year is as follows:

Jewelry, 25     Ceramics, 20     Wearable Art, 13     Wood, 13     Furniture, 12     Glass, 11     Decorative Fiber, 9      Basketry 8,     Mixed Media, 6      Metal, 4     Paper, 4

Leather, 1

I began researching the history and importance of leather craft on the internet and came across some information from Tandy. For 33 centuries, man has used leather, a by product of his food, to clothe and shelter himself. Shoes were made to protect his feet. When man started to record his thoughts, he wrote on leather parchment , easier to carry than stone tablets. The paragraph below struck me:

“During the Middle Ages, however, only the wealthy could afford boots, capes, saddles, etc. made of leather. Leather workmanship was limited to a very narrow section of society. A secretive lot, Leather Guildsmen closely guarded knowledge of their art which they handed down from father to son.”

We have been over the course of our 33 year career, mostly self taught in the medium, as other than these types of very limited apprenticeships, there are no “schools”, “societies” or “guilds” to learn from.  We were on board when F.I.T. launched its limited leather program, and Toshiki taught the decorative techniques class for a while.  So much skill is involved in using the medium, which as a natural product, no two skins are alike, to sew it, you can use machines but once the needle pierces the skin, you are committed. There is much hand manipulation to stretch and form.

Also there is so much long term value and beauty to leather, people have loved it to feel and to use, to protect and serve them, for centuries.

So why the snub from some shows?  Is it still not as relevant today as it was in 1300 B.C.?  I have seen some very interesting work being done in the medium.

Have you? Would you like to see more of what can be done in this medium?

The Collar of the Year

You just couldn’t get enough shearling this cold winter, and cold spring, we had and are still having here in the northeast.  This new big collar design turned out to be functional, whimsical and a stylin’ hit

In our 2012 collection it was on a nipped waist jacket, can’t wait to try it on new shapes in 2013!

What do you think?

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Paradise City Marlborough, Ma.

The car is packed, but we are doing some last minute photography before I catch the ferry in the morning to cross Long Island Sound and drive up to Marlboro, Ma to show our new work to our very loyal (who most likely wore out their winter coats this season!) Massachusetts customers.

Click for INFO and admission coupon

This new girl is coming with me.

She is a size sixteen, but of course can be made to measure.

Belt is separate, worn without, a semi swing.

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So make plans this weekend to come by!

We have a great show for you!

Laurie Goddard will be there, Frittelli & Lockwood, Ann Brauer, Ayala Naphtali, Patty Bolz, Valerie Hector and more!

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It’s Shearling Weather in New York!

If you are in New York City and are feeling more than chilly, looking for something to keep you warm, you are in luck! Yuta Powell on Madison Avenue still has a nice selection of Toshiki and Maryszka shearling coats and jackets. Conveniently located on the upper east side a few blocks up from The Whitney Museum of Art, and close to The Metropolitan Museum as well.

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Crafts at Purchase

If you live in the tristate area and need a break from dealing with hurricane Sandy, it’s a great time to come out and support local small business, hands on American ingenuity. We are coming out of our still dark studio and bringing our shearling collection to the most current Artrider show, along with many other talented artisans this weekend to Purchase NY. Your admission ticket also benefits the performing arts center, so it will feel really good to look around and appreciate what we all have as a culture.

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Shearlings + @The Berkshire Craft Fair

I am packing my bags and getting on the ferry to cross Long Island Sound in the morning, headed up to Great Barrington, Ma, where for the 11th year I will be exhibiting at The Berkshire Craft Fair with my collection of Toshiki and Maryszka Shearlings and accessorie. I have enjoyed every minute of doing this show, and the sophisticated art & culture crown that comes thru have become treasured customers. Hope you stop by to see what’s new this year!

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Upscale Craft in the Berkshires

If you have been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, The American Craft Exposition in Evanston, Ill, The Washington or Westchester Craft Show, or any of the other top shows in the country, then you won’t want to miss The Berkshire Craft Fair, coming to town next week. Many of the same artists are exhibiting here. Small by comparison, it is a fundraiser for a wonderful high school that is not ignoring the arts, and in a community that is steeped in creativity with Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow, Mass Moca, all in the area. The scale of the show makes for a good relaxed shopping experience before you head out to enjoy the rest of what the area has to offer.  Visit our booth to see Toshiki  and Maryszka shearlings, in the hall by the food court. Click here for more info.

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