Friday, September 9, 2016

Lion King, Harlem-Style

May 2015

Looking Back...

Democracy Prep
Harlem NYC


Katie, the cute kid on the left, my mom "Mimi", and me at the opening night of the Lion King.
 Katie is the principal at a middle school in Harlem and my mom has volunteered to be costume designer and maker and doer and everything else for several of the plays. 
She is just about the best volunteer and mom to ever walk the planet. This was a challenge to create the Lion King costumes for the whole school cast and it took my mom about six months working nonstop to sew these amazing costumes. Those giant animal heads were no easy task.
By luck, my cousin is married to one of the percussion musicians with the Broadway production. Robert was able to score tickets for the entire sixth grade and the rest of the cast. 
My mom got to go along as well.
In addition to attending the matinee Broadway production, about eight of the Katie's student cast members and my mother we're invited backstage to meet the Broadway cast and the costume director. 
Kind of an incredible experience!
 They got up close and personal and were able to touch the incredible costumes,
appreciate the behind the scenes activities and were shown how the costumes work.
I'm so very proud of my mom and my kid!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Apron for Sallianne

August 22, 2016

Apron for Sallianne

My friend, Sallianne McClelland, who owns the fabulous International 'Art Is You' retreats, lives in Australia and is soliciting handmade art aprons for her Apron Project, which supports The Hornsby Kuringgai Women's Shelter in St. Ives, NSW Australia. 

I made a canvas apron and began covering it with loads and loads of hand stitched 
and painted pockets.

Each pocket represented a potted succulent or flowering plant.

Some of the pockets had the roots of the plants deep inside the pockets.

I used my hand painted fabrics and free motion stitching and appliqué to create all of the images.
I felt humbled and grateful to be able to contribute to this worthy cause.
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