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Montclair, My Muse

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Montclair, My Muse

Selling handmade products online brings many challenges, one of the greatest being product photography. Not only do you need to be expert in your craft, you need to be skilled at photographing your product in order to represent it accurately to buyers through the pictures in the listing. Over the years I have incorporated the town of Montclair into my product shots to show my connection to the community to buyers from around the world. My favorite models have been my daughter and her friends, their energy is contagious and the photos I took with them are among my favorite....

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The Writing on the Wall

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The Writing on the Wall

As I look back on my work over the years, I can't ignore one thing that has stayed constant- my use of text as a design element. In high school and college my fine art included handwritten poems or random text, smudged but readable, working with shapes and color, to create the final image. My professional work became product-based, but the materials I use, mostly vintage where possible- sewing patterns, cardboard packaging, vinyl banners, calendar tea towels- enable my love of text. I draw inspiration from artists like Margaret Kilgallen, who loved graffiti and folk art, and Sister Corita Kent,...

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ICYMI: Montclair Pop-Up Artisan Market

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ICYMI: Montclair Pop-Up Artisan Market

Last Saturday it was warm and sunny and perfect for spending the day on Walnut Street vending at the latest Pop-Up Artisan Market! I debuted new Tshirt Back Packs and sold my favorite one first! Several friends brought me materials like vinyl banners, tshirts, and books and for that I'm so grateful! The Human Needs Food Pantry also benefited from many great donations to their school supplies drive. Thanks to everyone who came by and made it a great day!

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Montclair Pop-Up Artisan Market is this Saturday, 8/20!

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Montclair Pop-Up Artisan Market is this Saturday, 8/20!

This Saturday, 8/20, I will be back at the Montclair Pop-Up Artisan Market and I'm really excited to debut brand new Tshirt back packs!    Well-loved Tshirts are fair game and each one features a patch created from another Tshirt. Even the rope straps are made from double wide Tshirt yarn that I make from the bottom of the shirts. I'll also be selling my funny zipper pouches, pretty paper garlands, and cool vintage books and textiles! Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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Final Delivery...By Bicycle!

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Final Delivery...By Bicycle!

This week I made the final delivery of repurposed banner bags to Jazz House Kids. This order included Wine Bottle Totes, Trapezoid Totes, and Square Totes, pictured here being delivery on the handlebars of my blue beach cruiser.  I actually rode it the 4 blocks from my apartment to the office! JHK sells them at events like today's Montclair Jazz Festival!    

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