Texture Tuesday Inspiration – Green and Gold

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Hi Friends.  Starting up my Texture Tuesdays again. These are NOT long posts. Instead, they’re about inspiration.  You’ll see amazing color and texture detail – from nature, textiles, fashion, and jewels – that inspire me and I hope you too.

I’m actually working on inspiration for an art piece to submit for consideration in a national exhibition; deadline is September 30th.  I’m thinking a lot about it, but still patiently waiting for inspiration to strike!

How do you get inspired when you have an upcoming project deadline?

Join the conversation by following me on InstagramPinterest, and Twitter using the hashtag #texturetuesday. Please share what textures inspire you. Happy Texture Tuesday! xo PG

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Gorgeous gold Costa Brava Gatz Candle Holders with chain and beads, by Rojo 16.

 

 

New York Fashion Week: From the runway to your home – how couture and home fashion come together

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With New York Fashion Week upon us, it’s exciting to see what the hottest trends will be for 2017. When it’s high fashion time on the runway, we can usually predict in the home furnishing industry that this year’s runway styles will make its way into home decor by the following year.

But in the meantime, I can’t take my fashion-envy eyes off of the striped knitted skirt and top (above) by RESPONSIVE TEXTILES, a brand I love by Kristine Rodriguez. Kristine will be debuting her line for the very first time at NYFW. It pairs so strikingly with the timeless and aesthetic beauty of BLANCO sinks and faucets. Especially their latest launches – the IKON apron front kitchen sink and ARTONA faucet.

Many savvy interior designers and luxury brands are way ahead of the curve and take their cues long before design hits the runway and tradeshows.

And interestingly, there’s some changes going on right now in New York’s Spring/Summer 2017 fashion week, with several major brands bowing out of doing the runway altogether, and other brands offering ready-to-wear fall 2016 styles in smaller private settings, instead of the runway, to please consumers.

So imagine how challenging it becomes for brands to keep up with the trends and get their forecasting spot on – not just on the runway, but in the home too.

Being a textile artist myself, I’m always interested in the quality of craftsmanship and the color options available not only in my work, but design finishes throughout the home as well. Just like any homeowner, I love a beautifully designed kitchen space with state-of-the-art appliances and products like BLANCO, my go-to brand for sinks, faucets, and even composts.

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The IKON Sink – the first Apron Front Sink made from granite composite, and the ARTONA Faucet – a “livable” kitchen faucet in six on-trend colors to color-coordinate with your sink.

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The release of these two on-trend products is not surprising coming from such an “Ikonic” luxury brand as BLANCO. (In German, “iconic” is actually spelled “ikonic”).

“They (apron-front kitchen sinks) are simple, stylish, back to basics design.  Classic, simplified design isn’t ever really out of style.”  – Jeanne Chung, Interior Designer, Owner of Cozy-Stylish-Chic.

Sleek and modern, BLANCO offers SILGRANIT colors that are shaking up fashion in the home and on the runway. Take for example this Metallic Gray finish. Look at how many home furnishings work with this finish.

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The ability to color coordinate your kitchen faucet with your sink, your cabinets, your lighting, your countertops, and even your living room furniture, well, it’s remarkable! Nothing gets any more fashionable than BLANCO – color coordinating our sinks and faucets with our home furnishings, and I might add, our next stylish outfit!

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Take it from me . . . because I know about coordinating outfits.  While I have not done it yet with my kitchen (because it needs to be remodeled first), I was so matchy-matchy in my youth that I (Okay, are you sitting down? Cause this is kind of embarrassing) I matched my stud ball earrings with my socks in the 1980’s. Shocking I know!!!

Don’t judge! Cause you never know if you too will catch the faucet and sink color coordination bug . . . because it is SO on-trend now! I mean look at all these color options! (Top to bottom, left side: Cafe Brown, Truffle and Metallic Gray. Right side: White, Anthracite and Cinder).

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You see the kitchen isn’t tucked away anymore behind walls. In fact, it’s been out in the open for decades now.  So that has really steered products to be more fashionable, to fit in seamlessly with open floor plans and for entertaining.

“As the kitchen evolves, comfort, in the form of soft furnishings, textiles and sophisticated color palettes are offering an elegant transition from the kitchen to other rooms.” – Susan Serra, CKD, Susan Serra Associates, Inc., founder of Scandinavian Made.

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The kitchen is truly the hub of any home, the central place where people congregate when you’re entertaining. I know from personal experience. They all pack into our small 12 x 12 kitchen, when just in the other room is a massive living and dining room with high ceilings.  But there’s just something about the kitchen that draws people in, and it isn’t just the food.

As interior designer Laura Muller puts it,

Today’s clients embrace the “open” space plan.  Gathering spaces are once again “all in one”, where we find “living” in the kitchen a popular design-build trend.”  – Laura Muller, Designer, Owner of FOUR POINT DESIGN BUILD, INC.

It’s the fact that it’s an inviting, comforting place to be, where we prepare our food and catch up on the day’s events with our families. But it also can come with beautiful counters, cabinets, appliances, and the mostly used of all kitchen products – sinks and faucets. You might be having a conversation at the bar counter in your kitchen and your sink is right there for everyone to see.

The ARTONA faucet complements all of these diverse colorful and textural design elements in the home, like the ones in this image below.  A fabulous gold-finish, modern geometric pendant and Danish and Austrian vintage ceramics from Cozy Stylish Chic, the new luxury design center in Pasadena owned by west coast interior designer, Jeanne Chung.  And a brown striped handmade Scandia rug from the brainchild of kitchen design pro, Susan Serra, CKD, also founder of Scandinavian Made.

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So not only do we HAVE to consider functionality when selecting our sinks and faucets, but fashionable beauty, color options and texture have become absolutely paramount.

Till next time, XO PG

Note: This post is sponsored by BLANCO.

Photo credits: All sink and faucet images are by BLANCO.  All fashion images are from Vogue (except where noted by Responsive Textiles) by designers Carolina Herrera, Valentino, Marchesa, and Bottega Veneta. Fashion collages by Qin Latimer. Product images are by Susan Serra and Jeanne Chung.

Italy’s Clock of Angels

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Its been a whirlwind of a week getting my girls moved into their new apartment, a new school year, and major life transitions happening all at once…but my thoughts and prayers remain with Italy.

As the world knows, central Italy was devastated by a 6.2 earthquake, which essentially flattened the small town of Amatrice, and nearby towns Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto,  The loss of life, almost 300 now, is simply staggering as it happened early in the morning while families were sleeping and so many families have no home, or even town, to go to.

While still holding out hope for survivors, Italy began it’s national period of mourning and burials, and it’s heartbreaking to watch the recovery unfold. I’ve struggled with how to write this post as I want to honor the lives lost in the terrible tragedy, while at the same time, share with you the beauty, love, and kindness Italians evoke with their warmhearted culture. On a more personal level, I want to share my photos with you from last summer and why I felt compelled to write this story about my experience in Italy. Today’s blog is dedicated to all the families affected by the earthquake.

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It was this time last summer that my family wrapped up a 14-day vacation taking our 20-year-old daughter to Northern Italy for the first time. If you’ve been to Italy, you are familiar with the intense draw the country has on you – its people, food, art, architecture, design, villages, countryside and rich history. It may not be this way for everyone, but for me, when I travel I try to experience what its like to live there. My family and I do not go to all the tourist spots, but rather seek out the locals and try to create experiences that we will remember forever. We wander and linger, like this visitor (above) enjoying Gelato on a cool summer evening in Varenna.

For me, travel has a way of doing that….drawing you in, almost like leaving an imprint on your heart and soul. And, as an artist who loves textiles, the rich warm colors and texture of Italy visually is simply breathtaking and inspiring. This Mom & Pop cafe in Florence shows all the colors of Italy in one single photo.

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The colors of the buildings, the roofs, the food, the sunsets – in Amatrice I’m sure they were so similar to many in Varenna. Small towns have those familiar qualities that make them so endearing.

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Our view of the colors of Varenna from our hotel window. Varenna, Italy, 2015.

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“Many homes in and around the small towns were completely destroyed by the tremors.” (from BBC News on 8.25.16 Italy Earthquake: Before and After Images Show Destruction.)

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Layers and layers of rock and stone are the foundation of many small towns. Varenna, Italy, 2015.

August is THE month that families in Italy take vacations. We really saw that when we stayed in Rapallo along the Italian coast where multiple generations were enjoying their holiday and a local festival.  Children were playing on the beach and the elderly were resting on a promenade bench. There was this ancient castle (below photo) right on the beach that was lit up in the summer evening sky.

It breaks my heart to think that families like these were torn apart because of Italy’s earthquake.

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Elderly Italians sitting on a park bench in Rapallo, Italy; 2015.

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So, take a few moments from your busy day and come along with me while I share why I can’t stop thinking about Italy. We enjoyed our very first evening of our vacation last summer in Varenna just staring at Lake Como watching a young man light the lanterns at dusk. Surely a basic nightly duty for him, but one that was so poignantly beautiful to watch as the night began to fall. It was totally quiet at dusk and so peaceful.

In Amatrice,  peoples lives and livelihoods have been lost in this one tragic earthquake. As I read in a recent news article today, in just 20 seconds their lives were completely changed. I imagine how sad it would be if it had happened to this young man in Varenna, in this small community I grew to love.

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Since the earthquake, I find myself constantly drawing parallels between Amatrice, (population 1,046) a small medieval town in central Italy in the rugged Appenine Mountains to the medieval village we stayed in, Varenna, (population 786) in the Italian Alps of Northern Italy. While of course, they’re completely different towns, regions and cultures within the country as a whole.

But having stayed three nights in Varenna, and knowing Amatrice and Varenna are both small medieval towns, I can’t help but feel the mood of the quaint village and the touch of the ancient cobblestones under my feet. 

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We did not take the ferry and sightsee, but instead spent four days relaxing and soaking up the feel of Varenna, its people, scenery, food, town square, and the church bells of the clock tower.  I imagine that Amatrice, before the earthquake, looked very much like Varenna’s narrow cobblestone streets below in this image I captured.

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But what is really hitting home for me is the clock tower.

Below is a powerful image of the clock tower in Amatrice that withstood the 6.2 magnitude earthquake and stopped at three minutes after the quake struck at 3.36.

With the usual vibrant colors of Italy gone in an instant – but for a faint red roof – it seems like a village reduced to dust in this haunting image below.

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“The clock tower in the town centre was left standing but many of the surrounding buildings were not.” (from BBC’s Italy Earthquake: Before and After Images Show Destruction; 8.25.16)

I can’t help but make parallels with my personal experience in Varenna, because one rainy afternoon while my family napped, I walked the narrow streets, soaked in the feel of the town, and spent time visiting the Church of San Giorgio, as it’s right in the heart of Varenna’s town square. I’m not a religious person, but there is so much history and beautiful art in the large Duomo’s and small village churches that are the heart of Italy. While the Varenna clock tower was built much later in the 1800’s, both the clock tower in Amatrice and the Church of San Giorgio in Varenna were built around the same time period, somewhere during the 13th century.

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Church of San Georgio, with its clock bell tower, in the center of Varenna, Italy, 2015.

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“A church in the town of Amatrice was also badly damaged, losing much of the top of the building and its roof.” (from BBC ‘s Italy Earthquake: Before and After Images Show Destruction; 8.25.16)

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“Amatrice’s clock tower was one of the few structures to survive relatively intact.”  (from the DailyMail, story by Ted Thornhill, 8.24.16)

The parallels, between the small size of Amatrice and Varenna and that their clock towers are both at the heart of the towns, does not escape me. All we had to do was look out our hotel window to see Varenna’s clock that chimed so beautifully every hour.

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The Church of San Giorgio, with it’s clock tower, outside our hotel window.  Varenna, Italy, 2015.

It is said (photo below) that while the bell in the top part of the Amatrice clock tower fell, the tower stood tall and strong while the rest of the town crumbled beneath the powerful force of the earthquake. And the clock stopped at 3.36, right after the earthquake struck. How tragically poignant, but also significant in its meaning.

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“The clock on the 13-century tower in Amatrice, Italy, poignantly stopped just after Wednesday’s earthquake struck at 3.36 a.m.” (from the DailyMail, Ted Thornhill story on 8.24.16)

I was talking to my daughter Qin last night about my feelings in writing this post and asked her what I should title it? We discussed the power of a great blog title, which is something I’m still learning how to write effectively. She asked me what I would be writing about and I told her I wanted to make parallels with our experience in Varenna, talk about the earthquake and the clock tower, and end the post about my special Italian friend Cristina.

Qin said, “Well its got to be short Mom and meaningful.” And out from her lips came so simply and clearly:  “Italy’s Clock Tower of Angels”.

I was taken aback. It sounded so beautiful, like the title of a novel or song. I asked her why that?

Qin said, “Its very simple Mom. You want to write from your heart about Italy, your experience, the earthquake, and the clock tower. This title has the word Italy and it mentions the clock.

Then I asked her, “But what about the angels, what’s that part about?”

My daughter said with such childhood innocence,

“Don’t you see Mom? The angels are all the people that died in the earthquake and have gone to heaven. They are now the angels of Amatrice.”

Needless to say, my heart skipped a beat. My daughter has a special way of getting to the heart of what matters. And children have a way of understanding life with a special innocence that we don’t always see.

I can think of no better tribute to all those who died in the Italy earthquake than the title of this post.  Below is a photo I took of the inside of Varenna’s Church of San Giorgio, as I’m sure the churches of Amartice looked as movingly beautiful.

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The inside of Church of San Giorgio, Varenna, Italy, 2015.

Below, in the Duomo di Milano, last summer, I’m lighting a candle for a friend battling breast cancer. If I were there today, I’d be lighting many candles for all of Italy, for all those who died, and all those having to rebuild their lives and towns from nothing but the strength of their souls and faith.

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I don’t make these parallels lightly. But my personal experiences in Italy last summer help me feel the loss of life more profoundly. The complete devastation that has affected these small towns – its churches, its schools, its cafes, its people – cuts at the very heart and soul of these beautiful Italian towns that are so rich in history and generations. It’s heartbreaking to watch.

So I will leave you with some beautiful photos of my Italian friend Cris, who owns a 300- year- old truffle farm on the outskirts of Ferrara, between Venice and Florence, called Le Occare.

300 years pales in comparison to a medieval town such as Amatrice, but not the people. I was so relieved to hear that the quake was nowhere near where Cris and her husband live with their two dogs.

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Cris is a great example of the love and generous spirit Italians have toward complete strangers. Americans visiting from Texas were immediately treated like family. I was lucky to email her back and forth as she so graciously gave me tips on planning our trip, so by the time we actually arrived, we felt like old friends. She let me into her kitchen. My daughter and I walked with her and her dogs. (This is no pig truffle farm. Cris’s amazing truffles are dug up by her dogs).

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She spoiled us with her incredible cooking. Such love Cris put into every dish made from scratch. I will write more on her fabulous cooking in future posts about Le Ocarre Guesthouse.

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We only had 24 hours at her guesthouse, but in many ways, because of the welcoming atmosphere Cris creates in her home, we felt like we’d been there far longer…and can’t wait to go back.

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As Italy mourns the devastating loss, please think of Amatrice this week and the families affected by this tragedy, affected forever as their whole town has been leveled. And enjoy the photos, a glimpse of Italian country life at Le Occare.

Perhaps you will one day visit Italy and feel the cobblestones under your feet, enjoy the ambiance of a small town cafe, hear the ring of a medieval clock, and be touched like I was by the history of its towns, the stillness of its countryside, and the hospitality of its people.

I hope to share more of my inspirations from Italy in the coming months. But today I wanted to take some time with you to recognize Italy’s loss and grieve with them. That’s the least I can do.

If you live in Austin, please support our Italian friends and newest neighborhood small business, Venezia Italian Gelato, and others, that are helping via Italy Meets Texas to raise funds for earthquake victims to send back to Italy.  We’re blessed to have Alice and her husband’s homemade Gelato right at the end of our street. Till next time, goodbye to summer, happy Labor Day weekend, and enjoy some Stracciatella, my fave! XOPG

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Have You Seen Deborah Main’s NEW Artwork and NEW Website?

Vintage Textiles

© 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:

rra-logo (2)“Throughout the centuries, color has been used as a vehicle for the conveyance of emotion. One of the strongest primary colors will be represented in ArtSpace as “Artists Interpret Red.” Our August offering of paintings, sculptures, photographs, sketches, textiles, and mixed media works portray a plethora of undeniably unique approaches.

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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