Lord knows I need some healing…

It’s been 5 months since I’ve last posted.

That sentence has confessional feel to it, doesn’t it? I’ve mentioned before that I am increasingly wary of the influence all things social media has on me as an individual and humanity itself.  That said, I freely admit to spending an inordinate, even unhealthy, amount of time scrolling and surfing for things which educate, excite, confound, and humor me. Which leads me to where I’ve been – posting and life wise.

For the past 2 ½ years I’ve been working on a little something called The Art of Healing Exposition. A casual conversation about why the creative arts aren’t viewed as valuable tools in a physician’s healing box led me to dream about an exhibition built around the restorative traits of creativity. I’d been dreaming of how I could pull together this show long before covid and am oddly thankful for the shutdown of life for one reason. Being home for months helped me expand upon my original dream and work toward the reality of where the show is today.

I spent countless hours on Zoom with a small group of women who formed organically into my planning team.  Our brainstorming sessions suggested the form AoH could take. We wanted the show to feature the creativity of the Nashville community. We wanted to include music, film, writing, sculpture, painting, art – everything creative! It was important that we shared not only the art but the stories behind the art itself. We wanted to build a clinical aspect to the show, involving both practitioners and patient populations. We wanted to share the show with as many people as possible through virtual shows and an on-going social media campaign. We wanted to create ongoing experiences for the community to share the majic of making with each other.

In January of 2021 we issued our ‘Call for Art’ and were overwhelmed by the response. Some 450 pieces of work from 172 artists who shared their talents and their stories of how creativity helped them to heal. I got to spend this past summer meeting with these artists as I received their work and had the most wonderful conversations about creating in a time of chaos and the role of spirituality, fear, loss, love, and joy play in our everyday lives.  Talk about a healing experience.

The Art of Healing Exposition show premiered in September and will hang until December 2022 across 5 sites in Nashville. Make sure to check out our Daily Art – every artist who submitted work for the show is being featured physically, virtually, or both!  Their work continues to amaze me each time I see it, and that is after 6 months of being surrounded by their work.  Additionally, the AoH team has planned an extensive array of Exposition-related events for next year, which should keep me focused on creating until 2023 at least.

All of that to say I’ve been kinda busy (but plan to post on a more regular basis going forward).

P.S. I DID create the AoH mandala above – just so you know I haven’t been a total ‘maker’ slacker!

*The Healing – Guy Clark Jr.

Mama liked the roses…

Each spring and fall I feature ways to re-create the top runway looks (past recreations can be found herehere, here and here through sewing and some accessory purchases.  Some of the hottest trends for spring and summer2019 include 1940’s and 1970’s inspired clothing, sundresses, jumpsuits, patchwork, and bold florals ( a perennial favorite of mine).

I am a sucker for a good dress so the Apiece Apart midi captured my attention, as it reminds me of a 1940’s English garden party frock. The Elie Tahari wrap dress is a classic design which never gets old and always flatters the wearer regardless of size.

Both dresses would be quite easy to make, requiring only minor pattern changes prior to sewing to achieve optimal effect.  To make the blue-floral midi begin with the Butterick B6451 Version A dress pattern but purchase enough extra fabric for an additional midi skirt. Sew the side seams on each skirt, then baste both pieces together at the waist to create one double-tiered piece. From there, continue to follow the sewing directions to make your own version of the two-tiered peasant midi dress.

To replicate the Elie Tahari wrap dress, use the Butterick B6554 Version B pattern, and follow the directions until it gets to the tie part. Replace the waist ties with another closure of your choice (buttons and hook-and-eyes come to mind). Purchase extra fabric to make a 2-3 inch wide belt long enough to wrap around your torso twice with ample ends and voila! Runway re-created x 2. Happy sewing – happy spring.

Apiece Apart
Pattern | Fabric | Sandal

Elie Tahari
Pattern | Fabric 1 | Fabric 2 | Sandal

Finishing Touches
Nail Polish | Lip Gloss | Earrings

*Mama Liked the Roses – Elvis Presley

If its trick or treat…

Old school mantle

I love the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day, especially when it comes to decorating around the house.  Unfortunately, with a ‘normal’ size home and a family full of artists there isn’t a lot of room left for decorations, which are primarily relegated to our front door and living room mantle.

This year I am going for old school look.  The plan is to buy the vases, paper mache’ and real pumpkins,  and make the lighted tree branches and felt ‘Halloween Candy Bag’ banner.  With any luck, I can get my mantle tricked out by next weekend – which really will be a treat!

*Trick our Treat – Otis Redding

You’re just window shopping…

A vintage tableau

I love to meander through vintage stores, flea markets, and antique malls to see what I can find (some past explorations can be found here and here).  I can spend hours exploring the treasures for sale and quite often find graphic and clothing inspiration in old furniture, vintage postcards, kitchen gadgets and the like.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by a shop that looks interesting only to swear I’ll check it out ‘next time’, which rarely comes.  However, a few weeks ago while passing through historic Mullica Hill, an town I’ve driven through a gazillion times without ever once stopping (except for pizza), I finally decided to check it out… Continue reading “You’re just window shopping…”

Who are you? Who, who…

Ashley Mintz ‘Express Yourself’  (Acrylic on Wood)

It was my pleasure to help Nashville artist Ashley Mintz hold a series of workshops this past winter and early spring, which culminated in the April 20th opening reception for her ‘Who Am I?’ project… Continue reading “Who are you? Who, who…”

Wear your bright clothes…

Lite brite

I’ve already shown you how to re-create some bold floral and bright looks from the Spring 2018 runways.  Clever me – today I’m combining those trends to show you a few more ‘bright patterned’ looks that would all be super easy to make.  In terms of sewing expertise, the off-the-shoulder top and pants require at least moderate skills, being the only garments made from more than rectangles and straight sewing lines.  Add a fun pair of kicks and you will be ready for anything from shopping with your friends to dancing under the stars with your boo!

Lisa Perry
print fabric | solid fabric | slingback flats
Alice + Olivia
floral print fabric | abstract print fabric | jungle print fabric | ankle strap heels
Temperley London
butterfly print fabric| abstract print fabric | ankle wrap wedges
No. 6
circle print fabric | abstract  print fabric | slingback kitten heels


*In the Summer Time – Mungo Jerry


One bright day…

Fashion so bright you gotta wear shades

Last week I re-created a few Spring 2018 bold floral looks (here). Next up – the brights!  You really can’t go wrong with a bright piece of fashion regardless of season. I say this as a women who has never met a black garment she didn’t like, or buy.

Each dress would be fairly easy to make but would require minor pattern changes prior to cutting to achieve optimal effect.  The orange linen midi wrap dress needs to have the waist-to-hem length extended and extra fabric purchased to make the belt.  The blue dress requires no pattern alteration but does need extra fabric, cut on the bias, to create the neck band, tie, and horn tassels.  Like the orange warp midi, the hot pink gown also needs to have the waist-to-hem length extended and extra fabric purchased for the neck scarf.  During assembly, make sure to allow for that sexy front (or side) slit.  All you need to finish off these dresses are a pair of statement earrings, a luxe lipstick, and a pair of jeweled sandals or ankle-wrap heels to stand out in a black-clad crowd!

Badgley Mischka
hat | lipstick | fabric | earrings | sandals
lipstick | earrings | fabric | heels
Christian Siriano
lipstick | earrings | fabric | heels
*One Bright Day – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers


My passion flower…

Flower Power

Spring is almost here, which means I am ready to switch out my warmest sweaters and coats with light, fresh summertime dresses and getting the itch to re-create some of my favorite Spring 2018 runway looks.

Each spring and fall I feature ways to re-create the top runway looks (past recreations can be found here, here, here and here)  through sewing and some accessory purchases.  Some of the hottest trends this spring include boldly colored graphic prints, checks, sorbet and pastel colors (especially lavender), fringe, and florals (my favorite trend of all).

I plan on making at least one version of the Vanessa Bruno gown for the summer.  Not only is this a garment that could hide all flaws, it would also be the perfect garment for a beginner sewer to attempt.  Honestly, it would probably take someone longer to pin snd cut the pattern than to sew it.

The Cushnie et Ochs and Alice & Olivia recreations require a bit more sewing skill but would be well worth the effort to make.  How cool would that Cushnie et Ochs dress and a moto jacket look paired together? Or mixing a floral moto jacket with faded jeans, a tank top, and strappy heels for a rocking night out on the town?  The possibilities are only limited by your creativity, personal style, and flowers of choice!

Cushnie et Ochs
earrings  |  ribbon  |  fabric  |  shoes
Vanessa Bruno
tote earrings  |  fabric  |  shoes
Alice & Olivia
earrings  |  fabric  |  shoes
*Passion Flower – Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington



Heads are a science apart…

“Eye” by Suk-Joon “Peter” Hong

I am always interested when opposite worlds transect.  Last week, I was able to assist a promising Pharmacology postdoctoral fellow with her ArtLab: Exploring the Intersection between Art and Science project, which happens to be something I’ve been passionate about for a very long time… Continue reading “Heads are a science apart…”

Taking care of business…

Basmati Yokes

I’ve been feeling guilty about all of my unfinished projects, which I rediscovered while cleaning our computer/music/craft room (aka: The Pit).  Among the projects squirreled away in various boxes I found:

  • ‘Blues for Allah’ Tribute Jacket*
  • Basmati Bag #1 Embroidered Jacket Back**
  • Basmati Bag #2 Embroidered Jacket Back**
  • Calvin & Hobbes Embroidered Guitar Strap
  • ‘9 Albums’ Embroidered piece
  • ‘My Two Daughters’ pencil drawing

The ‘Blues for Allah’ jacket is part of my long-running series of *Tribute Jackets© which I have been painting for many years.  I replicate iconic rock album covers onto the backs of Levi’s denim jackets as a way of honoring the awesome artwork which contributed to some of the best rock music – and bands – of all time.  My **Basmati Bag Backs© start with burlap rice bags, which I elaborately embroider before affixing to a Levi’s jacket.

I have come to believe these half-completed creations are ’blocking my blessings’ and am determined to complete at least a few of them so I can free some of my mental creative space for new projects I am excited to begin.

I think I will start with Basmati Bag #2, which is a present for my big sis.  True story, I was ¾ of the way finished with this jacket when I lost my workbag containing the two embroidered front yokes during one of my travels.  That pissed me off so much I put the project aside for what is now approaching 2 years. High time I took it out of the box it has  been living in, dusted everything off, and got busy.  Progress updates will be forthcoming…

*Taking Care of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive