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© Deborah Main, Vintage French Textiles & Trim with 1930’s Brooch. Mixed media on pillow form, 20 x 20. (Available at Round Rock ArtSpace, Round Rock, TX. Exhibit runs through August 27th; special art exhibition pricing – $549.00)

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Artists Interpret Red

I’m excited to share with you that one of my textile art pieces was accepted, and is exhibiting now through August 27th, in the Round Rock Arts’ ArtSpace. I announced the Opening Reception two weeks ago, and let me tell you – the art exhibition was the most exhilarating new experience for me!!

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The exhibition, one of many that are held each month, was in historic downtown Round Rock at ArtSpace which is right next to the Main Street Plaza where children can be seen running through the water play fountain. I have a confession to make –  in all 35 years I’ve lived in Austin I had always passed through Round Rock, but never actually seen its downtown.  It’s delightfully quaint with just two blocks of tree-lined streets and beautiful Texas limestone buildings dating back to the early 1900’s.

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What was so unique about this exhibition experience for me, was that it was my very first juried art exhibit that I’ve applied to, and been accepted, in a local art gallery.

Please indulge me, as I’d like to share with you a little bit about the exciting process of how I created my art piece.

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I don’t know if you remember the last summer Friday Flowers & Trim post I did a couple weeks back, but I announced the exhibit and showed a little behind the scenes inspiration for the piece I was submitting. It featured a beautiful silk textile in a raised chenille diamond pattern and an intricate 1930’s ruby red rhinestone brooch in a gold tone, rope-like design.

My immediate thought when I discovered the “Call for Artists” for Artists Interpret Red was:

“Red? No problem. I LOVE red!”

So I was inspired from the get-go by the title of the exhibition and the color red, one of my absolute favorite colors.

The silk textile inspiration: 

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The 1930’s brooch inspiration: 

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With all that inspiration, here’s how my art piece came together:

  • I pulled out beautiful red and gold vintage French trim from my collection,
  • started weaving it in and out of a wide velvet ribbon. (I’m a continual learner of ribbon manipulation techniques, but was grateful to my dear friend, milliner Laura Del Villaggio of Milli Starr, who helped me brush up on my skills.),
  • then I remembered a vintage French red damask I had (and this is the part I love the most about creating art with textiles!) that would work perfectly for the front of my piece.

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  • before I knew it, I had created a diamond pattern on the front to complement the diamond shaped silk textile on the back, (Another confession – it also covered up some not-so-perfect sewing I did. Yup, still learning that skill too!)
  • wove vintage brass chain in a Chevron pattern right down the middle,
  • added Czech crystal glass beads to the trim and round red and gold thingies (not sure what they’re called??) on the corners,
  • and found the perfect golden silk ribbon flower to serve as the bed for my favorite 1930’s rhinestone brooch, for which I had always wanted to create a special textile art piece some day. And this art exhibition was the perfect opportunity!

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Not knowing much about the ArtSpace or historic Round Rock, I was honored to have my work among many talented artists and thrilled to see tons of the community come out for the event. It was packed!

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers there, to my dear friend, interior designer Hjardeir Dunn, for coming out to support my very first art exhibition, and for all the fun new art appreciators I met that special evening.

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Me and my dear friend, and long-time supporter of my work, Hjardeir Dunn.

There are several more images at the end of this post, and you can still catch the exhibit “Artists Interpret Red” through August 27th.  Here are a four pieces of art currently displayed at the exhibit. PicMonkey Collage4square

And last but not least…..drum roll please….I introduce you to my brand NEW website, Deborah Main Designs!

Deborah Main’s NEW website:

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My brand NEW website has officially launched!! Yippee!!! It’s like giving birth and I’ve been in labor for 6 months.  I’d like to give a very special thank you to:

  • my webmaster, Beth Been, of Groovee Fortune, for her patience and for executing my exact vision for my new website.  As her motto says “Some day you’ll need a web page” and Beth has always been there for me,
  • business consultant Georgina O’ Hara Callan, for her no-nonsense, straight-forward business acumen in moving me and my business forward,
  • friend and mentor Brandon Smith, of D Coop Media, who said the magic words “Promise me you’ll talk to an art consultant before you launch your new website!”,
  • art consultant Alyson Stanfield and Debby Williams for writing of Art Biz Coach,
  • Allan Bamberger of Art Business for more writing and editing,  and
  • many, many dear friends, Laura Del Villaggio, Lisa Stark Walsh, and Clark Batchelder.

The NEW website also, coincidentally, marks a NEW direction for my studio Deborah Main Designs, which I will be talking a lot more about in the coming months.  The main change is my collections are now Series, like Linen and Wood and Essential Decorative, but there are, and will continue to be many changes in how I present my work to the world.

I’m thrilled to announce that I no longer want to, nor can, compete with decorative pillow manufacturers, because I am not a pillow manufacturer. Each of my pieces is meticulously handcrafted in Austin, Texas, USA. It’s quite liberating to finally realize the direction you need to be going. I’m embarking on a NEW journey, to truly discover myself as a textile/mixed media artist.

In many ways, it’s finding my way back to the roots of why I started making luxury decorative pillows in the first place in 2004.  The pillows of Deborah Main Designs have always been and always will be my expression of art.  You can read about my textile art in the new About section HERE.  And you can shop for my work HERE. Or reach out to me for a commission or custom order at inquire@deborahmaindesigns.com. I’d love to work with you! Just finished this  “Pretty in Pink” commission, from a vintage lace cocktail dress, for a client last week for a special gift for her best friend’s birthday:

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It takes a village to raise an artist and I will be writing more about this new journey I’m on in the coming months. I hope you will come along with me as I continue to learn and grow from each of you.  Enjoy the rest of the photos from the Round Rock Artspace Exhibition. I hope you’ve had a fantastic, refreshing summer. Thank you for your continued love and support! XOPG

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Me and my work here with textile artists and Fiber Artist members Miranda Stewart on my left and President of Austin Fiber Artists, Lorraine Bier on my right. Both delightful! Many thanks to Lorraine who invited me to join Austin Fiber Artists association.

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Unique photography by Jerry Thomas Smith. Pottery too; artist unknown.

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Fiber artist Miranda Stewart here with Round Rock Arts Council Board Member Glenda Morrison.

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Miranda Steward (left) showing her intricate textile artwork in the center, to Austin Fiber Artist president, Lorraine Bier.

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Artists standing by their artwork on display.

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So nice of one of the Round Rock Arts Council’s board members to speak about the exhibition and invite the artists to stand by their work for all to see.

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This wonderful red dragonfly was the largest piece by far at the exhibition.

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Encaustics by artist Bryan Kuntz, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with, along with his lovely wife.

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Artist Lucian Richards and his wife next to his artwork. I love the splash of white in his painting.

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New friends that Hjardeir Dunn and I made during the exhibition, the delightful couple Amy Heath (also an artist) and her Belgian husband Paul.

 

Friday Flowers & Trim – Artists Interpret Red Exhibition

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Well, I haven’t looked at the news today, but so far, I’ve not been able to do Friday’s Flowers & Trim for 3 weeks now due to terrorists attacks. I’m praying there was not one today (as I have some happy and sad news to share on the creative front) and my thought’s continue to be with all those families whose lives have changed forever.

So, today I’m trying to get back to some normalcy with my weekly summer posts.  This Friday’s Flowers & Trim is RED!!  And there’s an extra special reason why it’s RED.

I applied to my first local art exhibition titled “Artists Interpret Red”, and, to my surprise, I got in!!  I’m SO excited about this upcoming exhibit running August 4th – 27th.  The First Thursday Opening is THIS Thursday, August 4th, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Round Rock Arts!

I’m excited for many reasons, but the primary one is because it brings me back to my roots of creating art through my pillows and doing more local shows so I can connect personally with all of you who’ve supported my work for twelve years.

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Here’s a link to info about the event Artists Interpret Red, and the info is also at the end of this post. ArtSpace is located in the Historic District of Round Rock at 231 E. Main Street, Suite 160, Round Rock, TX, 512-218-7099. I really look forward to seeing you!

Now onto the Friday’s Flowers & Trim and how that and the exhibit inspired my newest piece of work titled “Vintage Red Textiles & French Trim with Ruby Glass Brooch”.

Below are some of the vintage jewels, trim and textiles I had put together weeks ago for Friday’s Flowers & Trim (and then the terrorist attacks occurred).  But I also discovered the Round Rock exhibit so I took my cue from one of my all time favorite brooches that I bought at Amelia’s Retro-Vogue & Relics (which is sadly closing and being replaced with a storage facility.)

Austin, listen up!!  I have NO idea what I’ll do when I can’t bop around town to all my favorite funky vintage shops. It’s not only part of the very fiber of what makes Austin unique, but it is part of my whole inspirational routine!!

This is my one rant friends, so thank you for listening! As an artist, it really does break my heart and soul. Owner Jane Clarke has been a long-time supporter and mentor to me. I bought my first vintage textiles there and jewelry. Thankfully she’ll still be here, but you can appreciate how heart sick I am over losing my favorite vintage shop and what’s cool about Austin. Please watch this video by KXAN HERE about the Austin Creative Alliance’s future plans to preserve spaces for artists. You also can read more about it in the American Statesman HERE.

Now back to our regular program, today’s Friday Flowers & Trim.

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This brooch above, probably from the 1930’s, is a spectacular ruby red faceted glass piece with this interesting woven rope-like gold tone setting. It’s been in my jewelry collection for years never quite finding the right opportunity to create with it. I knew I’d use one textile in my Friday Flowers & Trim pic, but then remembered I had a vintage French textile and pleated silk too and all this other gorgeous vintage red French trim. The deadline to submit was July 18th at 5:00 and I just made it under the wire. Phew!

Please enjoy some photos and a sneak peek of the piece I created for the upcoming Round Rock Arts Exhibition “Artists Interpret Red”.  Click HERE for the Facebook invitation. I hope to see you at the opening, Thursday, August 4th, 5:30 – 7 p.m., but I know that with Austin traffic that may not be possible. The exhibit is up the whole month of August, so please stop by when you can. One exciting part of my piece is I found some great vintage chain at Bead It and was able to incorporate that too. Be inspired by RED and have a beautiful summer weekend! XOPG

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About the “Artists Interpret Red” Exhibition:

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Kathy Miller has infused a distinct sense of joie de vivre in her mixed media/fused glass piece entitled, “Let’s Celebrate!” On the flip side is the tiny dark encaustic “Dead End,” by Brian Kuntz, which is dark and somewhat horrifying. There are also many abstract versions of red artwork which will allow viewers to conjure their own interpretation of what the color red may evoke.”

About Artists Interpret Red

Friday Flowers and Trim – Red, White and Blue

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With Dallas market behind me (I’ll post that recap next week) and the holiday weekend upon us, I’m looking forward to some seriously fun relaxing time with family and friends. I don’t know about you, but truthfully, after a busy past 6 weeks and with this Texas heat I’m feeling INCREDIBLY lazy. I’ve been working hard on finishing up my new website which I hope I’ll be launching in the next couple weeks. Fingers crossed.  Until that time, I have posted ONE of the four styles available of my NEW Linen and Wood Series HERE.

Today, it took everything I had to muster the energy to go to the store to get patriotic flowers (cause as you can see, last night’s shot below of half-dead roses was absolutely pitiful…lol…although the night sky provided some blue!).

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But we made it a fun family outing today for a neighborhood lunch, the grocery store, the library (where I stocked up on books and even got my 20 yr old daughter to get a book!) and then topped it off with a nice cool coconut and lime snow cone.

Now, all I have to do is sit back and enjoy reading my books. We’ll be heading up to see family tomorrow for the 4th, as I’m sure many of you might be too.  Safe travels and wishing you a fun-filled 4th of July. It also happens to be the 35th anniversary of the day I met my husband at a soft ball picnic. One lucky gal here!  Enjoy the red, white and blue textiles, vintage French trim, and silk scarf below and see you next week. Happy 4th of July and Independence Day! XO PG

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Friday Flowers and Trim – Fuchsia

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Before I drive to Dallas for the Total Home & Gift Market, I’m squeezing in this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim with a simple fresh fuchsia bouquet my daughter brought to me after a trip to the grocery store with her Dad. She does the sweetest things at a time you least expect it…just spontaneous moments of joy. I’m a very lucky mother to have such an amazing loving, beautiful and smart daughter.

As I share this with you today, I had put my daughter on a plane yesterday for NYC for her first US travel by herself. It’s transition time in our home and family. My daughter Qin is meeting up with a friend for a two day K-Pop concert and conference. (If you haven’t heard of Korean Pop music, its time you looked it up. And if you have a daughter who listens to it every day, you’ll become hooked before you know it!) Then she’ll get to visit her brother in Brooklyn.

Besides unconditional love, I think there’s no greater gift you can give your children than travel, to see and learn about the world with their own eyes and through their very own life experiences.

This will be the first time my kids (20 and 27) hang out together for the first time as adults. It’s so cool to see their lives unfold! Parenting is humbling and I feel so honored to have had the privilege to raise my incredible children. And I’m super happy to see my daughter Qin  begin to spread her wings.

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So this Fridays Flowers and Trim is dedicated to my daughter. The most incredible person I know! Truly. I cant wait to see what she does in this world. One thing I do know, is she will spread a lot of love and joy, because she certainly has done that already every day of her life.

I’m headed up to Dallas now for market. Stop by to see some of this delicious vintage trim at our ‘Pillow Patty today from 1-3. Deets right here.  We’ll have one in Austin sometime soon too.

Please enjoy the vintage French trim we selected below, and a few pillows in fuchsia, to accompany this weeks floral bouquet.

When I get back from Dallas Im beginning my summer staycation and hitting Barton Springs Pool this week Wishing you a safe and happy summer friends! XO, PG

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Off to Dallas Market – NEW Linen and Wood Series!

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Today, the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market starts June 22 – June 28th. We’ve been busy in the Deborah Main Designs studio creating two more Limited Edition styles for our NEW Linen and Wood Series and a few Texas souvenir scarf pillows, while also sorting through our vast collection of vintage French trim. Its so pretty, I wish I could keep it all, but I promised myself to cull and only keep the textiles and trim that will fit in my studio.

Organizing all my delicious vintage French trim that I’ve collected over the past 10 years is definitely turning into a full fledged spring and summer project, but on a positive note, I’d say we’re half way there. Yippee!!!

How can you tell? Because I started a new Etsy store called, none other than, the “pillowgoddess” to sell some of my extra vintage French trim. There’s only a few listings, but I’ll be adding trim and textiles every week, so stay tuned.

Its actually been VERY exciting and creatively therapeutic to get all my vintage French trim from storage and squeeze it into my tiny studio. Seeing it all has been very inspiring and I’m sharing some of that with you here in our Friday Flowers and Trim summer posts.

Getting my hands on all my vintage French trim, I’m like a kid opening a fresh box of crayons. The pillow has always been my canvas, and the trim, with all its glorious oolor and texture, my paints.

But with my French trim having been in storage I wasn’t able to fully create my work. This change has been huge for my psyche and creative future. You’ll here more about that in future posts. But I’m definitely going through a creative transformation and when I launch my new website, I hope you will easily recognize it.

Now, down to the details for Dallas Market.  It’s a Pillow Party and You’re Invited!

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I’m thrilled to be launching my NEW Linen and Wood Series of artisan pillows. I incorporate my vintage French trim into the design wrapped around beautiful wooden circles hand-turned by Jeff Hornung of The Walnut Log. This body of work really gets me back to my roots of working more with the paints of my craft: vintage trim, ribbon, jewelry, clothing, belts, fur, wood and many more unique embellishments.

Here’s a peak at the four styles currently available to order at market in The Doris Sanders Showroom, #555-WTC.  

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The last two styles were featured, respectively, in April by celebrity designer Kelli Ellis for her installation for Universal Furniture at High Point Market and international design consultant Jonathan Legate at Design on a Dime NYC, See many more images and read about those events HERE.

So if you’re at Dallas Market please stop by my event, Friday 1 – 3 p.m. at Doris Sanders #555-WTC, as I’d love to see you! And if we haven’t yet met in real life (#IRL), I’d love to meet you and show you some of my recent work.

You too can have fun playing with all the color and texture in my vintage French trim collection and create you’re own Linen & Wood pillow for order. Participants receive 30% off wholesale; pillows ship in 2 weeks. Believe me, when you discover this gorgeous trim, there’s no going back!

See you at Dallas Market! For those who can’t attend or are not a wholesale or trade buyer, please follow me on Insta and do not fear, because sometime soon we’ll have a Pillow Party in my Austin studio, so don’t miss out and sign up for my weekly blog and quaterly newsletter HERE. for the latest news.. You’ll also find our Essential Collection at the showroom right next door, #525-WTC, at Peninsula Home Collection.

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We’re thrilled to have my work represented by two Dallas Showrooms. And a special thanks to Laura Van Zeyl of Home Fashion Forecast for being a Media Supporter of our Dallas Pillow Party. Please RSVP HERE. See you Friday!

Happy Summer! XO, PG

 

Friday Flowers & Trim – Blue & White

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It’s been a difficult week in American history, and, like me, I know many of you have struggled with a range of emotions over the most shocking tragedy in Orlando. I was filled with anger, sadness, you name it. I didn’t know what to think or do, so I turned off the TV and planted this simple blue ceramic bowl with flowers and greenery. Getting my hands in the dirt helped me feel connected to our earth, our world and life itself. It was a simple gesture that helped me cope.

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In today’s Friday Flowers & Trim I bring to you blue and white and the many soft shades of blue in this short vase of hydrangea dappled in the late afternoon sun. I love the bountifulness of hydrangea. They’re so beautiful! Its like a flower filled with as many petals as possible on one single stem, like a giant pom pom of happiness.

I’d like to dedicate this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim to the beauty in each of the 49 lives that were lost that day.

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I’m still working my way through organizing hundreds of vintage French trim filled with an array of texture and color to make room for it in my tiny studio, but it’s coming along. As you can see there’s still tons of trim in the bottom corners of this image waiting to find a spot on the shelves.

I love this blue and white one below because to me it’s so classically French. I use these trims like a painter uses paints. This one inspired me to create a pretty design on white linen in my NEW “Linen & Wood” Series of artisan pillows that will be shipped to Dallas for Dallas Total Home & Gift Market next week. If you’re attending market, please be sure to sign up HERE for our quarterly newsletter and market announcements as we have a Pillow Party going on Friday June 24th and you’re invited! (Side note to all my friends and supporters in Austin. You won’t miss out as we will have a fun Pillow Party sometime this summer here at my studio.)

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Please enjoy the other beautiful vintage French trim below. Whenever I’m in my studio creating my art, it blocks out the rest of the world and I find peace and comfort playing with all my vintage textiles and trim. I hope this week’s Friday Flowers & Trim gives you some comfort and inspires you too!  XOPG

P.S. If you’d like to start collecting your own vintage trim, I am culling trim and textiles in my studio and now have an Etsy shop called pillowgoddess. Each week I’ll be adding different trim and textiles that I enjoy working with in my pillow creations, but ones I can part with. Please check out my new Etsy shop, as I’d love you to experience the thrill of working with this delicious vintage French trim as I do.

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Friday Flowers & Trim – Pink, Peach & Green

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With summer upon us, it’s time for a more relaxed blogging schedule. Today I introduce “Friday Flowers & Trim”.

As I’m reorganizing my tiny studio to make more room for my vast collection of vintage textiles and French trim, I decided to carve out a spot in the studio for beauty. I’d like to share that with you every Friday.

I have a window (yes, still original 1950’s windows in our cozy bungalow home) with my mother’s vintage sewing notions cabinet in front.  On top of it is my favorite vase – a tall, heavy cut crystal one passed down to me from the Main side of my family. Long stem roses are the best in it.

(Above the vase, in last week’s floral arrangement of fresh picked roses from our garden, is one of three Golden Boot awards for Best Home Accessories Designer from Austin Fashion Week and my fave photo of dear friend and expert milliner, Laura Del Villaggio of Milli Starr).

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Each Friday I’m going to treat myself to a fresh bouquet of flowers and share with you some of our delicious vintage French trim that complements the colors of the floral arrangement that week.

The week’s Friday Flowers & Trim is a soft creamy pink and peach tipped bouquet of roses with rich green leaves featuring lovely silk and cotton Parisian trim of varying widths and textures scattered around it’s base.

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See detailed images below of the vintage French trim.  And follow me on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #fridayflowers&trim.  Have a great weekend friends!

Enjoy! XO PG

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“Echoes of Lives Unlived” – Memorial Day Remembrance

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Echoes of Lives Unlived

OPINION By David Latimer – Special to the American-Statesman
(Note: David Latimer is Deborah Main’s husband of 32 years).

Posted: 1:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013


My mother simply called him “a boy I used to know.” Then she added, “He was killed in the war.” That’s how she referred to him when as a child I asked about the wings in her jewelry box, the large pink box with the little ballerina that would spin with the music. I picked up the wings and held them, coveted them perhaps for my own, but they went back into the box, under other things. “They were from a boy I used to know who was killed in the war,” she said simply.

It did not occur to me then that these wings, a gift perhaps before he went overseas, represented a personal loss, or even a deep grief. But it’s hard to think otherwise now. My mother may have been somewhat inured to loss, if such is possible. Her mother died when she was 6, shortly after giving birth to her third child and second son, and then her father, determined to support in any way possible his three young children, was fatally injured in a train accident, falling off a box car as he was making his way to harvest wheat in the summer of 1931 in the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and Kansas.

It is an old folks tale likely, though it’s been attributable to others who have used the phrase, that one is not truly dead until the last person who remembers you dies. If so, then William Y. (Bill) Ligon is not yet dead, for my mother’s oldest brother, my Uncle Frank, a veteran from the same war, still lives and certainly remembers him as he is listed as a pallbearer in the newspaper clipping my mother preserved from the reburial service held in Dallas. And he may yet be remembered by others this Memorial Day, perhaps by one or more of a still-living brother or sister; there were two of each noted in the other clipping in my mother’s scrapbook that I have open in front of me, the one with the news that he had been killed in Germany. I have no doubt that my mother thought of him many times before her own passing in 2003, maybe more frequently after my father died, contemplating from time to time a different future but for the war. Perhaps having an occasional recollection of him even as her Alzheimer’s stole her sense of the present, but seemed to leave for a while more distant memories.

But it brings to mind that in time, these men and women from that war, these called “The Greatest Generation” who died fighting “The Good War” will become, as individuals, more distant, increasingly fragile, memories. Remembered by an ever-diminishing number of those that served with them, remembered still, for a time, by younger brothers and sisters, by cousins, or simply those who had been young children living in the neighborhoods where they grew up.

I began to think about Bill Ligon more a few years back when at a family reunion, my mother’s close cousin, much more like a sister, and her youngest brother, both passed on now, brought his name up in their reminiscences. She said, “I think Pete (my mother’s family nickname) might have married Bill Ligon if he hadn’t been killed.” My Uncle Bill, a veteran of Korea, nodded an agreement.

I think it was that that made me go back and look through her scrapbook, to find what I could beyond those Army Air Force wings, not only wondering what might have been, but what might not have been as well. I find from that clipping that he and my mother went to different high schools in Dallas, he to Sunset, while she graduated Forest Avenue. But it says he worked at Walgreen’s and I know that my mother worked there as well. Perhaps this is the link that brought them together.

Staff Sgt. Bill Ligon, a gunner on a B-17, died when his bomber was shot down on Oct. 6, 1944, while on a mission over Berlin. He was 22 years old. And two pages over in the scrapbook, there is another clipping held on with now brittle cellophane tape. On December 7, 1944, the Dallas Morning News carried a brief item announcing the engagement of Mary Viola Sloan to Lt. Billy Latimer, and that the wedding would take place on Dec. 23. My father had a few months earlier, while in the Army Reserves, completed dental school in Dallas, and was now on active duty and stationed at what was then Camp Hood, but it seems with frequent opportunities to return home. He at one time had briefly dated that very sisterly cousin before meeting my mother and it was very much a sudden thing between them. My father was 24 and would soon be off for Europe himself, sailing on the Queen Mary just a few months before V-E Day, but of course as a dental officer he had few perils to contemplate beyond the rumors of U-boats. He was more likely occupied with thoughts of his young wife and, soon after arriving in Europe, of the child she would have in November.

But would he have had a chance had that B-17 not been shot down in October? Was my mother really only a close and caring friend to the “boy she used to know who was killed in the war?” Or did her loss and even grief give my father a better chance? I trust what my mother’s cousin and brother said. My mother may have waited and if history had been at least a bit different in that one mission, how else would history have turned? And for the over 415,000 United States military deaths from that war, what of those unrealized futures, those unrealized lives and progeny? Could my mother have been Mrs. Bill Ligon, leaving me and my brother as unrealized alternate history? As Horatio says to Hamlet, “’Twere to consider too curiously to consider so.”

But one other item I have, tucked into that scrap book: a souvenir photograph, a 5×7. It is still in its red, thin pasteboard folder labeled Plantation: Dallas, Texas. A restaurant, a night spot. Inside my mother has written, “November 26, 1943: Friday night.” On that day in the Pacific, the number of U.S Marines killed in the just-concluded invasion of the tiny island of Tarawa numbered over 1,000 in just 72 hours — a shock to the country and an omen of what was yet to come. In Italy the 36th Infantry Division, the Texas Division, over two months after the landing at Salerno was stalled between Naples and Casino and in the next four weeks would face terrible losses at San Pietro and at the disastrous attempt to cross the Rapido River.

But at home, in Dallas, it’s the day after Thanksgiving. Sgt. Bill Ligon is on leave from Concho Field in San Angelo. He has signed the folder with his name and that address. Altogether there are three couples. All three boys are in uniform. The table is covered with beer and spirit bottles. One beer I can identify is Falstaff, an artifact in itself. My mother is at the center of the picture, a lovely young woman of 21, small in the picture, she was just 5-foot-2. At her right is Bill Ligon. He is extraordinarily handsome. Dark hair and eyes, a square jaw, firm chin, gazing directly into the camera as they all are, gazing at the photographer who would sell the photo, sell it to Bill Ligon who would buy a print as a gift to my mother who would keep it for the rest of her life. A man any young woman would wait for if waiting had ever been discussed, or even implied in the giving of those wings.

In less than a year he would be dead along with many more we must remember, not just in that war, but in the others. They served, they died, and in their dying it would not just be an individual loss. In time they all will become unknown soldiers in that there will be no personal memories, though their names will endure. But what stays is the might have beens, the history of the country and the world that was not written for the absence of so many players. The history of the world would change with their sacrifice. My mother’s history, my father’s. My own, which might have been a history that may not have been. So we memorialize not only the dead, the ones who gave everything, but the loss to the future. To the world that was not to be. The children that were not to be born. Loss begets loss.

Then there is Laurence Binyon’s poem from the first World War “For the Fallen” and the one stanza in particular which is so often quoted and which to me gathers power as I look at that young man in that picture, brave, confident and full of destiny, my mother pressed against his strong arm.

“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

So though I never knew him, I do remember Sgt. Bill Ligon, killed in action on Oct. 6, 1944 — a boy my mother used to know.


Thank You to Our Supporters at High Point & Design on a Dime!

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Its never too late to say thank you and one can never say it quite enough….especially to those individuals who have supported my work from the very beginning (like some of you!) and those of you who’ve recently discovered my work and support it now, continually opening up new and exciting opportunities for Deborah Main Designs.

April was a BIG month for our little studio this year! I am truly grateful to two incredibly talented interior designers who showcased my one-of-a-kind pillows in their spaces: Jonathan Legate and Kelli Ellis. And two savvy small business owners who exhibit at High Point Market each year:  Heather Karlie Viera of 20th Century by HKFA (who debuted the Modern Look Book – read my interview with Heather HERE) in the Antique & Design Center and Ruth Olbrych of Antiques by ZAAR in the ZAAR Design Center.

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Jonathan Legate – Thank you to Jonathan Legate, the first international designer invited to participate in Design on a Dime NYC (DOADNYC). Above are the three pillows I handcrafted for his vignette and below are some images of his vignette.  It was such an honor to custom design with Jonathan and be one of fifteen donors for his gorgeous vignette at DOADNYC. Jonathan’s vignette was in the top tier of highest selling spaces and helped reach 1.2 million. A staggering amount raised for Housing Works!! Congratulations to all the designers and vendors who participated in this outstanding event sponsored by Elle Decor.

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You may not know this about me, but my heart has and always will be with non profits. Prior to creating decorative pillows, I was a staunch advocate for young and old, starting a chapter of Generations United in Texas and volunteering or 5 years as a C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocate). I then raised my own family, discovered my artistic expression through pillows and now donate hundreds of dollars every year through our in-kind pillow donations for many local and national causes from breast cancer to child abuse prevention to ending homelessness. Being an advocate for three helpless young children ( whom I still keep in touch with today) made me realize long ago I could not save the world, but

if I could help one child, one family, one elderly person, and one homeless person, then I would make the world a better place one pillow at a time.

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The above one-of-a-kind Deborah Main pillow, displayed on a modern wing back chair donated by Ambella Home, is handcrafted from a vintage Richard Allen silk scarf in a very striking mosaic pattern.  It is backed with rich black velvet and the scarf is hand stitched to the top of the pillow.

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Jonathan’s vignette had so many generous vendors who donated many, many beautiful items from all the mirrors, to the incredible rug, chairs and more. Please see list HERE.

Designing for two top interior designers was exciting and challenging, but I loved it because both projects were completely different. With Jonathan, he was very involved in the design process and more hands on because his vision was for a stand alone vignette for Design on a Dime charity event in NYC and he wanted it all to be perfect. Jonathan had pieces of his vision, but it all came together when he fell in love with the gorgeous rug. Please see my interview with Jonathan HERE.

I was nervous about working with both designers because lots of people and other top interior designers and press would be viewing these rooms. So with Jonathan, I will admit I panicked for a moment not sure if I’d ever find the perfect textiles for him.

What reassured me, is I didn’t have to look further than my own studio to hit the nail on the head, as I had the textiles all along in my collection.

I also discovered that Jonathan was a “purist” like me who valued “the integrity of the designer scarf” so we agreed I’d hand stitch the scarf on the pillow. Jonathan also wanted black velvet piping on one of the vintage textiles. I must say, his choices helped create stunning pieces for a completely unique vignette project and look. His color palette was soft and very specific with a gold/moss green/cream and black color way. I was also able to offer him one of our new “Linen and Wood” pillows below.

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Above is a sneak peek of our brand new pillow collection “Linen & Wood”. Jonathan and I selected a fabulous moss green modern vintage French trim. Our new collection attaches any of our vintage French trims (we have a huge collection!) to a wooden circle, stained in black, hand turned by Jeff Hornung of The Walnut Log. Jeff and I had been working on this new collection for about six months so it was absolutely thrilling to have both Jonathan and Kelli feature our NEW Linen & Wood pillows in their spaces. I love how the green trim complemented the beautiful moss velvet chairs donated by Empirical Home.  (New Linen & Wood pillow collection will be available on our BRAND NEW website, coming VERY soon, so please sign up for our blog HERE, so you don’t miss a thing!)

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Kelli Ellis – Thank you to Kelli Ellis, an HGTV celebrity designer based in Vegas who also launched her new art collection at High Point.  It was great fun to work with Kelli, who was more hands off giving me total creative freedom to custom design pillows for her installation for Universal Furniture. I enjoyed both approaches by the individual designers! She sent me a pic of Universals new upholstery line, a blue velvet sofa and said she wanted custom pillows that mixed up color, pattern and size. And boy, do I love to mix it all up!!  Only later did I find out it was for High Point’s inaugural Elevate Design Tour gala event for top luxury interior designers.

But in some ways, not knowing everything is part of the fun and challenge. So I didn’t have to think but one nanosecond of which textile immediately came to mind for the blue velvet sofa.  I have my own blue velvet sofa, albeit it’s vintage and a tiny tuxedo love seat. But I’d been dying to find the perfect project for this (below) brilliantly colored vintage satin scarf filled with many shades of orange and red and touches of navy blue, in a kind of stained glass pattern.

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Then, Kelli told me the rest of the room, gray walls and a green/ blue rug. Now this is where the expertise of a talented interior designer really shines. In fact in my mind it is the #1 thing they do with beauty and ease that I can’t do and is best left to a professional interior designer. A talented and experienced interior designer like Kelli Ellis, really knows how to pull a room and look together.

The final result was a mixture of beautiful pops of color, scale and texture. As Neil with Universal Furniture said “We really appreciated your participation as the pillows added some great color to the space!” 

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And notice Kelli too debuted one of our BRAND NEW “Linen & Wood” pillows, which was noticed by the editor, Laura Van Zeyl, of one of the home furnishings top trend magazines, Home Fashion Forecast.  Check it out in this post “What Do Linen and Wood Have in Common?” HERE. Thank you Laura!  And I must give a shout out to friend and super home accessory designer herself, the talented Jackie Von Tobel of Soft Design Lab, who stopped by Universal Furniture to grab a pair of our lime green, blue and gray modern pillows for a pic. I went on the Vegas market tour with Jackie and she’ll be debuting her NEW rug designs as one of several “Haute Trend” designers in July at Vegas Market at Feizy Rugs.  Congrats and thank you Jackie!

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The above blue, silver gray and lime pillows are Limited Editions and will be available on our NEW website, coming out very soon! I’m SO excited!!

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And a BIG thank you to my dear friend, interior designer, Linda Holt of Linda Holt Interiors. She won Amy Wax of Color 911 and my #coloryourholidays Instagram contest winning an ornament and this versatile pillow we call The Wave. Here it is in aqua blue in Kelli Ellis’s room and below is Linda inspiring another contest, the #favedeborahmainpillow photo contest at High Point Market.

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Once Linda flashed her beautiful smile with The Wave, we opened it up on Instagram for anyone to stop by 20th Century by HKFA and either take a pic of our pillows, or snap a photo with you holding our pillows, or better yet, even purchase a pillow! It was great fun and I’d like to thank the following friends, interior designers, and divas for taking the time out of your busy schedules to stop by.

I truly appreciate your support: Linda Holt of Linda Holt Interiors, Leslie Carothers of Kaleidoscope Partnership, Justin Shaulis of Justin Shaulis Inc., Carmen Natschke of The Decorating Diva, Mitzi Beach of Boomers Smart, Toma Clark Haines of The Antiques Diva & Co., Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors, and last but not least, Gary Inman, Vice President of Hospitality at one of the nation’s oldest architectural firms, Baskervill.

Congrats to the winner of our High Point Instagram contest: Cheryl Kees Clendenon. This over-sized pillow made from a large vintage Vera Neumann silk scarf was the BIG prize!!   Check out our other colorful vintage silk scarf pillows at Deborah Main Designs shop.  Sign up for our blog HERE and we’ll email you a coupon for a major discount to these beauties as we’re making way for brand new inventory for the launch of our new website!

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Many thanks to Heather, Ruth, and Kelli for making my debut at High Point Market a huge splash and to Jonathan for including my work in Design on a Dime.  Both of these events have been the highlight of the year so far!  It can only go up from here. If you’re interested in hiring Kelli or Jonathan, you couldn’t ask for more talented top interior designers.  Check out their websites here: KelliEllis.com and JonathanLegate.com.

If any of you interior designers or home and boutique hotel owners out there reading this blog want to know how easy it is to work with Deborah Main Designs and how we can take care of all your luxury decorative pillow needs, just ask Kelli and Jonathan and give our studio a call 512.447.9807 or email us at inquire@deborahmaindesigns.com.  We’d love to work with you on your next project, as creating custom pillows for our clients is our specialty!  Till next week, please enjoy these fun instagram photos by some of our FAB supporters!! Thank you so much! XOPG

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What Do Linen & Wood Have In Common?

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“Pillow Goddess” Deborah Main made her High Point debut this spring in a display for Universal Furniture created by celebrity designer Kelli Ellis. The American-made linen pillows feature vintage French trim with wood that’s been hand-turned by Jeff Hornung of The Walnut Log, also handcrafted in the United States. Main is best known for meticulously handmade pillows incorporating textiles and embellishments of bygone eras, updated for a contemporary aesthetic.

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The answer is pillows, but of course!!

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few years (Subscribe right HERE), you know I absolutely LOVE wood!!  Driftwood, dead wood, trees, the grain of wood, you name it, I love wood. And for 6 months, wood turner Jeff Hornung of The Walnut Log and I have been working behind the scenes on perfecting this exciting new collection. (I can’t wait to tell you what his pick up line was…lol!!)

So I just had to share this press piece, as I’m thrilled that Home Fashion Forecast editor Laura Van Zeyl spotted our BRAND NEW collection Linen and Wood (which will be on the new website coming soon!) that we custom made for celebrity interior designer Kelli Ellis’s installation for Universal Furniture during High Point Market.

Please enjoy a few pics, as I love how Kelli mixed up our Linen & Wood Collection featuring orange chenille vintage French trim, with our Redbrick Modern collection, a pair of cool blue and lime green graphics pillows, all on this gorgeous blue velvet tufted sofa, a new fabric line by Universal Furniture. Who doesn’t love blue velvet!?!

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Thank you so much Laura for naming our new collection “Linen and Wood” and featuring it in Home Fashion Forecast’s April 26th newsletter HERE!  Be in the know, and sign up to receive all of Home Fashion Forecast’s latest news on home design trends right HERE.

And many, many thanks to Kelli Ellis for asking me to design all her pillows for her beautiful display!

That’s one thing you can count on with our luxury brand, we at Deborah Main Designs, will take care of ALL your pillow decorating needs on time. Just ask Kelli!  So reach out to our studio and let us help you with your next project. 512.447.9807 or inquire@deborahmaindesigns.com

Ever hire an interior designer before? More coming up next week on the benefits of hiring a professional interior designer or consultant (believe me, you will want to pronto!) and what it’s like designing pillows for two interior designers and two shows at the same time. Absolutely thrilling!!! Till then, enjoy this beautiful spring weather and be safe #TurnAroundDon’tDrown in all this rain we’ve been having in Texas.  XO PG