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The Making of a Rag Doll

by Anh-Minh on September 5, 2014

jessbrown1Since launching Anthology four years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to interview and write about people whose work I’ve long admired. Among them is Jess Brown; her work, studio, and home are featured in Issue No. 16/Summer 2014. The Petaluma, California-based maker of artisan rag dolls also offers home and apparel collections—and now she can add “author” to her list of accomplishments!

Jess’ book, The Making of a Rag Doll: Design & Sew Modern Heirlooms, which includes photographs by Tristan Davison, came out just a few days ago. It includes patterns and instructions for creating your own rag dolls and ensembles for them. I’m excited to try my hand at the projects, and am thinking that they’ll make some excellent holiday gifts this year.

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{ All photos from The Making of a Rag Doll }

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Fabric Food

by Joanna on September 4, 2014

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Confession: I love playing with my food. This could explain why I was so pumped to find this awesome collaboration between designer Anna Lomax, photographer Victoria Ling, and art director Mark Kenney. This series of fabric food was inspired by pop culture and focused on the meals they wanted for the day. Each meal—whether salmon with veggies or eggs on toast—was rendered by Anna in fabric with needle and thread. The beauty is really in the details. For example, how incredible is the tape measure egg including a smear on the knife?

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Anthology-Tracy-Wilkinson-portraitI am so glad that photographer Laure Joliet suggested that we feature Tracy Wilkinson in Issue No. 15/Spring 2014 (our current release). Tracy is one super talented lady, and I pretty much love everything that she does: her pottery, her woven lighting, her apparel. When I interviewed her, I couldn’t help but be impressed—and inspired—by all of her creative pursuits. (She also happens to be the designer behind one of my favorite, but sadly now defunct, brands: Mon Petit Oiseau.)

You can read more about Tracy in Issue No. 15, but I wanted to share some of Laure’s outtakes from her afternoon with Tracy, so you can get a glimpse of her home and creative process. And don’t forget to check out the TW Workshop online store!

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{ Photos by Laure Joliet for Anthology Magazine }

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Weavings from Maryanne Moodie

by Joanna on April 28, 2014

In 2010, Maryanne Moodie started weaving as a creative outlet, and it didn’t take long for her to dig into the medium. Her pieces range from pastel blush tones of peach and pink to bright and bold primary hues—and everything in between. She also experiments with a wide variety of yarn gauges, making her weavings incredibly textural. After relocating from Melbourne, Australia, Maryanne started working out of a studio in New York, where she continues to make each piece by hand. If you’re as big a fan of Maryanne’s work as I am, you’ll be happy to know her Instagram feed is constantly updated with her latest creations.

{ Images via Maryanne Moodie }

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Sabatina Leccia Studio

by Alexis on April 16, 2014

I came across the work of Sabatina Leccia and was completely mesmerized. The combination of embroidery, staining, painting, and drawing results in compositions that feel spontaneous and organic. But the level of detail and work involved in all those hand-placed stitches and beads suggests anything but. I reached out to Sabatina to find out more about her process. Her words reflect the organic quality of her pieces: “I am not drawing what I’m going to do before the making in order to be completely free…” Sabatina uses her embroidery—which she views more as painting than a traditional decorative art—as an opportunity to meditate and reflect.

{ Images provided by Sabatina Leccia }

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