Thursday, June 26, 2008

Chanin for Changing Times

While working on the conception of an orphan quilt project (future post) with my lifetime friend Doris Athineos, editor of antiques for Traditional Home Magazine, she mentioned that I take a look at the original craft work of Natalie “Alabama” Chanin, of Florence, Alabama, whom I immediately fell in love with! She uses a combination of new, organic and recycled materials to create the most evocative textiles which whisper, "I have a secret story to tell". The work featured on her site is undisputedly gorgeous but what is even more inspirational are her methods of employing artisans who work and live in nearby communities and make everything by hand. Here is an image from her website of a dress any pixie would dream of running off in to exchange vows so tender with her soul mate that the moment would elicit compassion and true love for decades to come.