SOLD!!!

Hi thank you to those who purchased on the weekend savings special.. I sold two pieces… Abstract White and White Circle #1

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Weekend Sale Dec 13/14….

WHOOP WHOOP people, I am offering $50.00 off any of my fiber art this weekend only… so if you are looking for some nubby textured goodness to adorn those walls look no further… contact shawn@qminqbl.com and check out his website here for more details and pictures.. prices range for USD $290.00 – $350.00 for the largest piece.

And as always… THANK YOU for your support!

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Exciting News….

I am so excited to announce my first ever Fiber Art show, and its even better that I am sharing wall space with the amazing Meghan Shimek. Some samples of her work below, she created huge puffy white pillow-y pieces for our joint show with the theme WINTER WHITE and #whatswrongwithwhite for QRNR MRKT at Shop Velouria in Seattle.

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Gorgeous right? So I was completely honored to be one of two featured artists… the popup fiber art series will be up from December. 8th – January 8th 2015.  So if your in the Seattle west coast area, check it out. My work is below. All pieces are available for purchase in store.

Shop Velouria  |    145 S KING ST   SEATTLE   WA   98104    |    206-788-0330

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the fever continues….

Well so far spent my year furiously weaving…. and I have to tell you I am hooked… completely. utterly, like I want to quit my job and play with yarn all day, hooked.  It’s the creative outlet I have been looking for without realizing it and it satisfies my love of texture, textiles and fiber which can be rolled into one big shaggy wall hanging.

I have been refining my “style” in the hope to be completely original with my work. I love abstract art and have been free form weaving using different techniques and yarns to create texture within the piece.. I love geometric shapes so circles are becoming a part of wall hangings… here’s some of the last pieces I have made.

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Its wonderful, time consuming, hair pulling but completely satisfying! Instagram houses an entire community of creatives that are all along for the ride, not just weavers, but ceramists, jewelry makers, clothing, print making, dying.. its amazing all the things going on out there in the world. I am so happy to be part of it.

 

 

 

Red lentil, sweet potato and red pepper stew….

It’s fall… firmly fall… in fact fall is way ahead of itself in this part of the world.. so to match the weather try this recipe…

Red Lentil Stew

Olive oil

1 tsp each ground cumin and tumeric

1 tbsp curry powder

1 large onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp minced fresh ginger

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1 red pepper, seeded and diced

1 1/2 cups rinsed red lentils

3 cups broth (any kind, I usually use Pacific Vegetable or Mushroom Broth)

cilantro (garnish, optional)

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add the cumin, tumeric and curry powder until fragrant, about 1 min, add the onion and a few pinches of coarse salt,  cook until tender. Add garlic and ginger, cook stirring about 2 mins.  Add sweet potatoes, red pepper, stir to combine everything, then add lentils and broth. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, about 20-25 mins. Season with salt and pepper and serve topped with fresh chopped cilantro.

I like to serve this healthy yummy stew with sauteed broccoli rabe with garlic and spicy shrimp

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weaving fever…

Ok so I have been stalking vintage fiber art for awhile now… to the point of obsession. I’m not entirely sure how it started but I stumbled upon a whole community (via instagram) of weavers. Amazing weavers I might add… who are modernizing what is now thought of as a truly vintage art that belongs next to the sad looking macrame planter in the local jumble sale that never gets snatched up.  Speaking of which I have also found some people doing amazing modern works with macrame!

But! you’d be wrong… weaving is the new knitting! It is… and I have thrown myself wholeheartedly into the craft. I took Saori lessons, a Japanese technique of weaving, I took Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom classes at the Weaving Hand in Brooklyn, and I finally found what I really wanted to do but didn’t quite know the exact words to find it.. Tapestry weaving on a Frame Loom.  The uber talented Maryanne Moodie taught a class that I was lucky enough to get a spot.

I’ve always loved texture and fibers and can spend hours in the many many yarn stores I have been searching around (and out) of the city. Its’ a beautiful craft with limitless possibilities, a little daunting but oh so rewarding.

I also snagged this beast of shaggy delight for inspiration on ebay.. all 6 feet long x 2 feet wide of it!

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These are my first finished pieces… small to start but can’t wait to try something bigger!

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love this…

Found this poster on Etsy.

LOVE IT! I thank my 21 year former self for setting me on my road to the life i have today.

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Design Sponge sneak peek!

Although my profession is in food… my passion is in interiors. I am an avid follower of a few great design blogs… (see my Stuff I Read links) so when I was recently asked by Design Sponge to be part of their sneak peek section I jumped at the chance to be included.  My very talented photographer friend Kana Okada shot my apartment and we had a fun day photographing everything…

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store pillow update…

New merchandise in the store right now.. check it!

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available here

New Zealand.. via Instagram

A collection of photographs from our month long trip down under….

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