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December 31, 2006
New Year's Challenge
For the last 6 years in honor of the New Year we have created a list of things to be thankful for. The length of the list is determined by the number of the year about to begin. So this year we are working on a list of 2,007 things to be thankful for.
Each year the process of compiling the list has been a little different. The details aren't important, the process is phenomenal. Not only do you end the past year thinking about all the good that has happened, you also begin the new one with a very positive state of mind. The "game" of finding things to be grateful for lingers well into the new year putting a positive, and thoughtful lens on everything you see and do. I highly recommend this exercise to anyone. I challenge you to give it a try... and let me know what happens. In fact, if you finish a list of 2,007 different things to be thankful for and email it to me I will send you a free yard of the Harmony Art organic fabric of your choice.
The picture is from my great friend (and co-list maker) Mary Sue's garden.... I am very thankful for Mary Sue and Bob!
December 22, 2006
Today started out horribly...more bad news. I was feeling just about as low as I have in the last 2 years of this journey....and then a random act of kindness was bestowed upon me...cheering me up and renewing my faith in life and kindness.
What happened? Well... I received (out of the blue) a nesting pillow from Blessed Nest. Their new Eco Pillow uses our Eyes of the World print. They heard my brother and his wife were expecting twins and they sent me one along with matching twin Blessed Nest hats. Thank you Heather and Isabelle!
December 14, 2006
shhhh don't tell anyone...
True confessions... I can't sew. Or more accurately I hadn't sewn since the 7th grade when I took a required home ec class that included a quarter's worth of sewing.
A textile designer that can't sew? Absurd! I am happy to report that with a used machine found and given to us by my mother (7 years ago!), my friend Sue's help schlepping it to the repair shop and back, an incredible sewing book from Amy Butler, my friend Trudy donating her lovely used sewing table and my husband's confidence in his inner sewer we have started our own personal sweat shop! The two of us cut, ironed, washed and sewed all day and night last Saturday and Sunday. I won't say much more...don't want to ruin any surprises....but suffice it to say it will be a Harmonious Holiday.
December 7, 2006
What do you get when you cross an incredibly talented designer with a heart of gold? Amy Butler. I was honored to read a recent interview with her and find out that she admires me! Needless to say I was overwhelmed and touched...I literally had tears in my eyes as I read her interview. I have to say that the feeling is more than mutual!!!
If you aren't familiar with Amy's textile designs, patterns and sewing books, I highly recommend you check them out. Her spirit shines through in everything she touches. I am honored to call her my friend.
December 5, 2006
double the fun
We found out today that there will a little boy AND a little girl joining our family in 2007. No, I am not pregnant...my sister-in-law Kim is! I am SUPER excited and can't wait to meet them! It will be a trip to see my brother Merit as a father. He is infamous for buying my other brother's children the most obnoxious gifts... payback should be fun. I could not be happier for them. I know they will both be wonderful parents....and I get to be an aunt again!!!!!
I guess Alphabet Soup came out at the right time... now if I could just learn to sew..
November 30, 2006
Jeff and I have been discussing and working on releasing a fiber-reactive print for months. All of the other prints to date have been pigment printed which means the inks stay on the top of the fabric. With fiber-reactive the dyes are absorbed into the fiber. Locating an eco-friendly one took some time.
I am happy to announce the first such print has come to life. Alphabet Soup in addition to being printed in a new way at a new printing plant, also is our first foray into knit fabrics. As those of you who have been following Harmony Art's progress know, we have been experimenting with fabrics to try to figure out and fill the needs of the organic fiber community. I look forward to any and all feedback you have to share. Feel free to email me: email@example.com anytime with your thoughts, suggestions, requests, etc. I couldn't do what I do without you.
November 21, 2006
38 things I am thankful for: 1. perseverance 2. insight 3. rainy days with a warm fire 4. gifts from nature 5. color 6. joy 7. laughter 8. honesty 9. Peggy at Elston- Richards 10. inspiration 11. patience 12. courage 13. sushi 14. empathy 15. Sus 16. true friends 17. acceptance 18. itunes 19. CM 20. Hendy Woods 21. spiral notebooks 22. hot tubs 23. digital cameras 24. encouragement 26. all the votes we received 27. shared moments 28. hugs 29. socks 30. lattes 31. smiles 32. health 33. email 34. wrap dress by Enamore 35. sunshine 36. flexibility 37. yoga 38. YOU!
November 19, 2006
the tide is turning...
I am happy to report that the state of Montana has elected the first ever organic farmer to the US Senate! Way to go Montana! John Tester beat out 3 term incumbent Conrad Burns to win the seat. He grows organic buckwheat, hay, lentils, millet, peas and wheat. I see this as a very good sign.
November 14, 2006
I can't garden. I know many people find it relaxing but I find it stressful. Pulling weeds just feels wrong to me. Who decides a plant that pops up on its own accord is unwanted and doesn't belong? My husband and I prefer to call these plants volunteers.
I recently found out that the Pink Moon printing did not turn out the way I expected it to. The printing sample I approved does not match the fabric that was produced. After an initial freak out and some great advice from wise and kind friends, I have decided to add a section to my web site called "dandelions"...for the unexpected, volunteers. They aren't perfect and if they were growing in a well manicured garden I am sure they would have been picked, but if I am willing to see the beauty in dandelions, then I need to be kind to prints that have a mind of their own too.
November 12, 2006
Living up to one's name is not always easy (said the girl named Harmony). With our latest print, Uncomplicated, the title seems to be a misnomer. Despite repeated assurances that this 7 oz twill would be identical to the twill we used in Let it Grow (and technically it is)...it does not wash the same way. Uncomplicated's printing is beautiful. Unlike Let it Grow, however, it is shrinking approximately 7% in the length when washed.
Trying to determine why this difference is no easy task. The many hands the cotton travels through before it becomes a printed fabric makes determining where the issue lies very challenging. In order to avoid this shrinkage in the future, we may need to stick to dyed ground twills. I apologize for any inconvenience...thanks for sticking with me through the sometimes painful learning curve we call life.
November 11, 2006
CONGRATS to Ideal Bite
Last night we attended the Co-op America's Benefit Party where they announced the winner of the People's Choice Award. As a subscriber to Ideal Bite I was happy to concede to them. We were extremely honored to be in the running...out of 3,000 possible companies and 400 nominations, Harmony Art made it to the top 10! Big thanks for all of the love and support we received through the process.
October 24, 2006
Seeds of Change
As some of you may have noticed, my web site has changed. I have redesigned it to allow you to easily see what is new and what is coming. Want to quick and easily see what the newest releases are? Go to the new growth page. The planted seeds page I will update regularly as the up-and-coming prints make there way through the production process. Wondering what the hold up is on a print... check on the planted seeds page and see where it is. Please feel free to let me know what you think of these new pages. I welcome your feedback.
October 23, 2006
Houston, you have a visitor
The morning after my talk for Inside Track (see October 10th) I will be flying to Texas to attend the International Quilt Market - the largest quilt show in the world! I have never attended this show and I am really looking forward to it. When I read on the registration form about renting scooters for the show I realized just how huge this show is.
A big bonus is that I will be able to visit and stay with my aunt and uncle who live in Houston!
October 20, 2006
TM to R
After over a year and a half of waiting, the Harmony Art Logo is now officially trademarked! Huge thanks to my father who spent many hours on the US Trademark web site and filed the initial forms for me.
Now I have the huge task of converting all of the "tm"s to "r"s in everything...that will take some time too.
October 12, 2006
Sustainability Fashion & Philanthropy
If you plan to be in the Ohio area on Oct. 28th, I highly recommend attending Mind Body Spirit Connected's Fall Benefit, "Make a Refashion Statement". The money raised from this event goes to support two great non-profit organizations, MBSC and Earthday Coalition.
The event is a masquerade party celebrating the "reduce, reuse, recycle" lifestyle.
Harmony Art is happy to come together with others in the eco-design community to support this events. I won't be able to be there (see Oct. 10th entry) but my fabrics will be. I wish them a fabulously successful event!
October 11, 2006
People's Choice Finalist!
Yahoo!!! We have been nominated and made it to finals of the Co-op America's People's Choice Award. PLEASE (Before Oct. 24th ) take a minute and vote for your favorite green business! It just take a minute and they won't share or sell your info. You can sign up for their newsletter...or not...your choice.
We are humbled and honored to be amongst such other awesome green businesses. We appreciate all of the wonderful people who nominated Harmony Art. Winning this award would give us a wonderful opportunity to educate others about the benefits and potential of the eco-textile movement. For those that haven't been able to attend one of my lectures (or even if you have) I have created a web page that shows how textiles have, can and will make a difference in changing the world. Thanks for being a part of the solution. As always, I welcome your feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 10, 2006
The Inside Track
I am honored to be a guest speaker at the Image West Design 2006 Fall Speaker Series on October 28th titled:
The Inside Track
INSIDER INFORMATION FROM TOP DESIGN INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
I have given several talks this year but this will be the first one where I will be speaking to my design peers about "going green". I look forward to networking, educating and spreading the word about the impact designers can have on our industry. For more information or to receive a brochure contact 415/482-9856 or email@example.com. There are 5 other design professionals speaking in this series.
October 8, 2006
stop, drop and re-roll
Pink Moon and Uncomplicated have been printed. It is now a waiting game while the wide width fabric makes it way to yet another plant to be doubled and re-rolled into 50 yard bolts. With the shipping/warehouse plant situation resolved, the new challenge is to find a closer and quicker re-rolling facility for our fabric. If you know of any re-rolling plants in South Carolina, please let us know.
This picture is of a bulb plant that we babysat this summer for our good friends Mary Sue and Bob while they were in South Africa (looking at bulbs). The blooms only last one day each. What a treat to be reminded how relative the sense of time is.
October 5, 2006
Life is good. After 2 weeks in Northern Michigan with my mother (in-law) and my husband watching the colors change and the rain fall, it feels great to be alive. I have returned to my studio in the trees with new energy and excitement. When you are so close to something it is easy to lose perspective and miss the progress you are making.
My mother (in-law) was a wonderful host sharing her piece of heaven on the straits of Mackinac with us and spoiling us at every turn. She has been so supportive and takes every opportunity to tell the world about Harmony Art. I think my cheeks may be permanently red from blushing.
September 17, 2006
I am going into a semi-hibernation from Sept. 18 - Sept. 29th and reemerging to attend the West Coast Green conference on the 30th. I look forward to spending some quality time with my family. I also hope to honor the changing of seasons by relaxing and rejuvenating. I find that Harmony Art can be pretty all-consuming (obsessive) and I have a feeling some temporary distance will be a good thing. I am sure re-entry will take some time so please be patient if you are trying to reach me during this hiatus.
September 15, 2006
Lecture circuit continues
On Monday night I am giving a talk at the Gualala Art Center. Who knew when I started this journey I would end up lecturing? Funny that a girl who literally dropped classes in college if they required public speaking is giving her 3rd lecture this year. The de Young Museum and Yale were incredible opportunities for me. Monday feels like coming home. I guess it sort of is.
I will also be participating in the a textile speakers series in October... more on that later.
September 14, 2006
Moon Landing delayed...
Pink Moon was suppose to be printed today but I got a call from the printer and they are having a hard time getting the light pink correct. Apparently to get the soft pink I requested it needed to start as white fabric instead of the natural. Live and learn...they are sending me an approval sample to get my opinion. Hopefully this won't delay things too much longer.... thanks for your continued patience.
September 8, 2006
A couple of weeks back my brother (Merit) called (out of the blue) and the first words our of his mouth were, "What can I do to help you?" How cool is that!
Well...Merit did help me out in a huge way! A big step in Harmony Art history happened today. Thanks to my brother and his moving truck we now have 22 rolls at a new warehouse and shipping facility. If all goes well with them we will be moving the rest of our inventory there. The amazing thing? The new warehouse (that was recommended by Jeff) is just 10 minutes from my brother's home in South Carolina! Now, if I do have issues, I can always send Merit to visit them in person.... this is a very powerful thing. Thanks Bro! You're the best! HUGE thanks!
September 7, 2006
I have to admit the process of tying 2,300 knots (see entry below) was really incredible...it started out as a big mess. Then, as I hung it up between my kitchen and dining room, every new knot changed the form dramatically and impacted all the others. The more knots I had tied on, the less each individual knot seemed to impact the whole... but even at the very end there were knots that ended up having a significant influence on the entire whole...more than the other knots around it. I felt like I was building this microcosm of the universe, unintentionally. The feeling of our own significance/insignificance and connection to each other was unavoidable through the process.
My husband arm twisted me (gently) into participating in this year's Environmental Art Show... boy, am I glad he did.
September 5, 2006
I spent the majority of Labor Day weekend tying 2,300 knots out of scraps of my fabric to complete this year's entry into the Environ- mental Art show at the Gualala Arts Center. (Swatch cutting creates lots of small scraps!)
According to the International Herald Tribune (April 19, 2006), more than 2,300 cotton farmers in India have committed suicide in the last six years. It is estimated that one conventional cotton farmer in Vidarbha, India commits suicide every 8 hours.
Interested in learning more? Check out Ode Magazine: "Desperately Seeking Solutions" & Daily News and Analysis India: "One Suicide Every 8 Hours".
These 2,300 knots of organic cotton scraps each represent a life lost and also hope that another life will be saved. This art piece isn't exactly pretty but neither is the subject matter.
August 27, 2006
OE, Oh Yeah!
I wanted to tell you about a non profit that is dedicated to expanding the use of organic cotton globally... the Organic Exchange. The OE is a group of some of the most committed, passionate, and knowledgeable people on the subject of organic cotton. The first person I met from the OE was Terry Young in early 2004. Our paths and emails have crossed many times in the last few years and she has always been not only helpful and knowledgeable but supportive and kind.
The staff is a who's who in organic cotton history and activism from La Rhea who was one of the first organic cotton farmers in Texas, to Simon whose global knowledge of pesticides is legendary to Heidi who helped spearhead Nike's organic cotton program... there are many more talented people at the OE to be grateful for. This week they are sharing a booth with the OTA at MAGIC in Las Vegas and will be educating the apparel world about organic cotton and then Sept. 11 - 16th they are having their annual conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Safe Travels and Keep up the GREAT work.
(In case you were wondering, the picture is of a cotton flower.)
August 16, 2006
I just returned from a weekend in Park City, Utah where I attended the wedding of my good friend (and amazing photographer) Cynthia Wilck. I met two other friends in Park City and we had a wonderful time...hiking, relaxing, shopping, brainstorming, and laughing. On the way down in the chair lift after a 1,400 foot elevation change hike up the mountain we were hit by a hail storm....Connie referred to it as nature's spa treatment. While dangling 30 feet in the air there was nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile. The lesson? Sometimes you just have to sit still through the storm. When surrounded by good friends even the most uncomfortable situation can be enjoyable.
August 8, 2006
Dinner with a View
Back in January my husband and I donated an auction item to help raise money for the Redwood Coast Land Conservancy which helps to keep our coastal land open to everyone. Our contribution was an organic dinner with a view served at a picnic table on the RCLC bluff trail in Gualala overlooking the Gualala River and the Pacific ocean.
Last month the dinner finally happened. Sus made the 4 course meal using the freshest local ingredients we could get like braising greens, beets and lettuce from the local organic OZ Farm and artisan organic goat cheese from the Elk Creamery.
The dinner was served on Eyes of the World placemats with Let it Grow napkins and the winning bidders got to take a set home to enjoy. Big thanks to our high bidders! We had a wonderful time. I hope each of you will take a minute to enjoy the last days of summer with family and friends eating good, fresh, locally grown, organic foods.
August 7, 2006
The Skirt Lesson
Last night I dreamed I was wearing a nice skirt on my way to some important event. Somehow my skirt got ripped. I was bummed because I liked the skirt and didn't know what else I was going to wear. Somehow I located a new skirt, a better one, and ended up having a great day despite the initial set back.
I think dreams often are metaphors for things we are struggling with. No, I don't have a skirt issue but rather a shipping issue on my hands. I am confident there will be a solution that will be better than I can envision... I just have to stay calm and balanced until the solution appears. Wish me luck. Good vibes are always welcome.
July 19, 2006
Well, it has been a long road to get Graceland and Stumps Speak into the world. After an excruciating wait the entire roll of Graceland came damaged to Organic Cotton Plus! I have to remind myself that my business is still at its infancy and I still have much to learn and systems to perfect.... or at least improve. In the meantime, if you are interested in discounted yardage of Graceland you can get it at Organic Cotton Plus.... so bargain hunters take note! First quality is currently available through NearSea Naturals. Enjoy.
July 18, 2006
My friend Chris is a great artist with an incredible sense of design. She used swatches of Let it Grow to create her own custom coasters. I love it! If you want to check out some of Chris' own artwork you can at her web site: www.mengarellioriginals.com.
July 14, 2006
After months of delays, plant closures, mechanical challenges and 2 double and roll plants later, Graceland and Stumps Speak have finally made their way to retail distributors! I apologize for the delays. I look forward to getting your feedback on these fabrics.
I have worked more hours and harder on this business than anything I have ever done. Despite the 100 hr work weeks my motto has become: "everyday is a work day and everyday is a vacation." That's how it feels when you are doing something you love and truly believe in.
July 4, 2006
Big news on the fair trade front! The manu- facturing company in India (who weaves our sateen) has signed a letter of compliance to the fair trade section of the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)! We will still be pursuing 3rd party GOTS certification as soon as possible but at least now we have our supplier in India agree- ing in writing to uphold fair trade standards. It is a journey and this marks an important step. I dream of someday going to India and meeting first hand the people who create our sateen.
Did you know that 2,300 conventional cotton farmers in India have committed suicide in the last 6 years?! If you are interesting in reading more about the challenges facing cotton farmers in India I highly recommend reading Ode Magazine's "Desperately Seeking Solutions" article.
June 27, 2006
We had the longest day of the year last week. It marks a time when things are suppose to come to fruition. (To read more about the meaning of the Summer Solstice click here.) Last week certainly felt like a turning point. On a publicity note we were featured in the latest (AUG) edition of Body + Soul, Treehugger (again), decor 8 blog, and Fabulously Green blog. On a sales note, we put in our very first reprint order for Whispering Grass and its coordinating solid Pale Aqua! This is a huge milestone for us! Not to worry, we aren't sold out of the print yet....and if timing goes well we will have more when it does. I look forward to the warmth that summer brings... I am feeling it already.
June 26, 2006
My father is a person I feel honored to know. He is one of the most intelligent, creative, super-fixer, persistent people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Last week I spent a few days with my mom and dad in the SF bay area. My father has always been incredibly supportive. This business venture has been no exception. Once years ago he said, "I can't wait to see what you do, I know it will be great." I hope that each of you reading this can experience at least once in your life having someone feel so much faith and confidence in you.
I am happy I have a father today and everyday. (Mom too, but that blog is for another day!)
June 25, 2006
Embracing it all....
It is official. Wholesale orders are now being accepted directly by Harmony Art. I am getting dragged into billing and shipping kicking and screaming (well more accurately whining and crying) but eventually I tire, put on my "big girl panties" (to quote my friend Kathy) and embrace what has to be done. The billing is "finalized" but the shipping still must be worked out...anyone have a large dry warehouse and time on their hands? I am sure an answer will emerge. My job is to say open and ready to receive it...some days that is easier than other.
June 8, 2006
Well I am 1.5 years into this journey and it is exceedingly clear that the road is still very rocky. We have been trying to have the latest 2 prints folded and rolled for almost 2 months now. The "new and improved" plant doesn't seem able to get the folding machinery to function properly... so the quest and the wait continues. I apologize for the delay and promise to get it resolved asap. I am sure there will be more challenges......it is an adventure after all. Thanks for all the love, support, and patience. It helps.
June 7, 2006
Birds of a Feather
Some of you may know the story of how Harmony Art Organic Design was conceived...it started with a conversation with organic apparel designer Kate Scott at the Green Business Conference in SF in Nov. 2004. Well, last week I received an incredible gift in the mail, my very own Kate Scott skirt out of Eyes of the World. I will wear it with gratitude and appreciation for an amazing woman who has changed my life. Kate lives and works at a bird sanctuary in AZ. Her commitment and connection to wildlife continues to inspire me. P.S. This skirt is so comfortable I have threatened to never take it off!
June 6, 2006
6/6/6 = heaven
Today marks our eighth wedding anniversary. I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank my partner in life and business. Sus is one of the most loving, intelligent, kind and supportive people I know. In addition to helping with the business and finance side of harmony art, he is also the executive director of the Gualala Art Center... a 15,000 square foot performance and visual art center here in town. He also is an excellent cook! He nourishes my soul as well as my body. I am one lucky girt. Oh, and he also takes many of the pictures I use in this blog. Thanks Sus!
June 5, 2006
Designing is my passion. Over the last year and a half most of my energy has been spent working out production, marketing, sales, pr, finances, etc. I have been missing designing in a big way! I am happy to report that I have at last figured out a way to infuse designing into my daily (well, weekly or monthly) life again. I have created an online library of available designs. These designs are available for exclusive or custom use. Some may even find their way into Season Two. Companies who are looking for exclusive designs can review my available prints, select a design and then work with me (and Fox-Rich) to bring them to life on organic cotton. I can't tell you how awesome it is to be focusing energy on designing again. If you know of anyone who you think would be interested in a custom design for their products please have them call (707) 884-3347 or email me.
May 30, 2006
The leaves of the redwoods are bursting with new growth. The difference in color is staggering. I love watching the season expressed by the redwood trees outside my window. They have, for the last two years, helped me understand my own life in new ways. New growth is happening at an incredible speed right now. The organic fiber world is a buzz of activity. It is an exciting time indeed! I love being a part of something so big and with the power to improve so many lives.
May 13, 2006
I just spent the last couple of hours pouring through the many surveys I have been collecting for the last 9 months. Big thanks to all of you who completed them and those of you who haven't yet... please feel free to visit http://www.harmonyart.com/survey.html and let me know what sort of designs,colors, fabrications, etc. that you would like to see me work on next. I am just beginning to design Season Two and it is important to know what YOU are looking for.
The results: as far as design goes the majority of you are looking for textures, stripes, bold graphics and large florals. As far as fabrications go the most popular were heavyweight and jersey with sateen close behind. In terms of colors there was not much consensus but in general darks and bright colors are in highest demand. I will do what I can to work these into Season Two. Thanks for your input!
May 9, 2006
Graceland and Stumps Speak (with and without words) have been printed and they look great. They are slowly making their way to retail distributors. Stumps Speak was printed on both a sateen and a denim. We also had some denim left as plain white too. I look forward to getting your feedback. Uncomplicated will be printed next month on the 7 oz 90" wide twill.
April 30, 2006
Meet me in Chicago
For the third year in a row I will be attending the Organic Trade Association's, All Things Organic conference and trade show in Chicago. I will be there Sunday and Monday (May 7-8). I look forward to seeing familiar faces, meeting new friends and connecting with some people for the first time in person.
We aren't having a booth this year but will be there to support the people like Julie Mullin from Fiber Active Quilts who uses Harmony Art fabric. She will be showing in booth #963. Hope to see you there.
April 28, 2006
The LA trip was amazing.... everything fell into place like magic. We had so much fun educating and turning people on to organic cotton. Our mantra for the week ended up being "perfect" because even the most unexpected things unfolded perfectly... from the 1 inch we had to spare on roof clearance to the organic cotton banner that wasn't measured to fit the groove of the hut but just fit, to the serendipitous meeting of the manager of Livingreen in a cafe an hour before they opened to the parking spot closest to the loading dock to the incredible reception we had from the "mainstream" buyers and designers. I could go on and on but you get the point.
We were humbled by the generosity of the experience and the kindness that was shown us.... from Bob and Connie who assisted us with the musical selections and helped return the furniture that was loaned to us from Livingreen to Connie (different one) who made the cool lamps, picked up the furniture, secured a loaner 8 foot ficus for us from a local nursery and spent her Sunday with us setting up to Da'vid who rented a Uhaul, packed up this "hut/tea house" delivered it, set it up and then returned 3 days later to take down and transport the tea house back to Ojai and Katie and Jeff who open their home to us for four nights, and Jeff (different one) our partner from Fox-Rich who helped man the booth and could answer all the questions we couldn't and last but not least my partner in life Sus who showed his incredible talents at bringing people into our booth and connecting with everyone. We are so blessed with such amazing and loving people in our lives. It really was a team effort.
April 17, 2006
Work & Play
Next week Harmony Art and Fox-Rich Textiles will be in Los Angeles at the LA Textile show (April 24-26). We are excited to bring organic fabric to a mainstream textile show. It will be interesting to see what sort of reaction we get. If you are in the LA area come visit us in booth #810!
The best part about the show has been working with friends to pull the booth together. It has been a real team project and I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful people working with me. Huge thanks to the pillow people: Marilyn, Sita, Sue, Michele, and Amy Butler for use of her midwest mod pillow pattern; the master builder of our "hut" Da'vid; Georganne from Livingreen for coordinating the lending of furniture to us; Jeff for his support from Fox-Rich, Textiles; and Connie for being my consultant and LA coordinator.
It has been so fun ... really more like play than work. You gotta love that! Connie and her twin sister Katie live in the LA area so when I am not at the booth I will be hanging out with great friends.
April 16, 2006
Let it Grow
Let it Grow has been printed and is making it way to the retail distributors. It looks and feels great. Let it Grow is one of my favorites and I look forward to getting feedback about our first venture into using the heavier weight twill.
Let it Grow which was inspired by the end of wood boards represents the balance of life and death, destruction and reconstruction....an appropriate release for this time of year. Cheers to spring, rebirth, renewal and new growth.
April 1, 2006
Several months back my sister-in-law Wendy forwarded me a link to the Patemm web site. She said that the round images on the site reminded her of my web site. The Patemm is an ingenious diaper changing pad that is round. I checked it out...loved the product and contacted the founder Grace to see if she would be interested in using Harmony Art organic prints in her line. Well..... I am happy to report that the "Kinaban" (Eyes of the World) Patemm will be available in late May/early June.
The founder and super woman Grace sent Gwyneth Paltrow the Kinaban Patemm and apparently she LOVES it. Grace's Patemms will be featured on ABC's The View this Thursday, April 6th! You never know where a lead will lead.... Thanks Wendy! Thanks Grace! Thanks Naoki Nitta for photo (pictured above)!
March 29, 2006
Next Stop Yale
April 6th at 5:00pm I will be speaking at Yale as part of their "Fashion and Sustainability: Wearing Social Change" conference. I have never been to Yale or CT for that matter. I am looking forward to the experience. If you are in that neck of the woods, I highly suggest coming and checking it out. All of the events are open to the public. Go to www.wearingchange.com for more information.
March 25, 2006
cracks are showing....
In early 2004 I envision helping transition the "Evil Empire" (Wal-Mart) into the "Eco-Empire". I put together a DVD presentation to my then main client sharing this vision.
I know there were/are others near and around Wal-Mart also planting similar seeds....the good news is...at least a few have begun to sprout. Click here to read the article that my brother emailed me this morning. Wal-Mart has incredible power to do damage but it also holds the potential to move sustainability forward with incredible speed and efficiency. I am hopeful.
March 24, 2006
Gold Star Site
I am excited to tell you about a woman and web site that I recently discovered. Debra Lynn Dadd literally wrote the book on identifying and eliminating household toxins: "Home Safe Home". Her site debraslist.com is a wealth of information about products that benefit your health and the environment. I was honored that Harmony Art received her gold star rating.
In addition to her book, products listing and ratings she also has several free newsletters you can subscribe to. I personally subscribe to her "Words of Wisdom" - which sends me a daily inspirational quote via email. I find Debra inspirational. Check it out for yourself.
March 23, 2006
Are they super cute or what!?
Harmony Art has recruited a personal tailor! These girls are the tailor's grandchildren modeling their new Sweet Jane outfits. We feel SO blessed to have Sita and her family on the Harmony Art team. I now have a custom shirt out of Vein, Sus has an Eyes of the World vest and our bed has pillowcases made of Whispering Grass. Our tailor has come out of retirement to help us. Thanks again Sita!
March 20, 2006
Today marks the day when we have equal amounts of light and darkness. That seems so right for this moment in time. Winter, the time for quiet gathering of strength, is over and it is now time for new growth to appear.
Over the weekend I had the honor of speaking at the de Young Museum. I was humbled by the reception I received. Many friends and family were there ... the support and love was amazing. Several people came up to me afterwards to tell me they were "inspired"... mission accomplished...
March 15, 2006
Today FedEx delivered a bouquet of organically grown Gerber daisies to me. What an unexpected surprise! The thoughtful bouquet was from three friends I have known since our high school days together in St. Louis. The note said: "Beloved Harmony, We wish you all the best at the de Young and in everything you do. We're so proud of you! Thanks for being such a beautiful friend. You have all the courage you need. Big Hugs, Freds, Katie and Connie." Tears are in my eyes as I write this. How did I get so lucky?
March 15, 2006
Passing the buck
As of today, the wholesale prices of Harmony Art fabric have been reduced. My manufacturer Fox-Rich and I have been working to cut costs and pass savings on to you! We appreciate your support and look forward to being able to releasing more organic prints into the world. Enjoy!
March 9, 2006
Today on a conference call it was officially announced.... the Organic Trade Association has endorsed the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). This is a huge step towards unifying and identifying a processing standards that will be recognized worldwide. As soon as we can, we will be working on getting certified by a third party certifier.
March 7, 2006
The Fabric of Many Lives
A month from today on April 7th if you are in the Ohio area, I highly recommend attending "The Fabric of Many Lives" event put on by Esperanza Threads. This gala features food, a silent auction, raffle and fashion show. Epseranza Threads is dedicated to providing training and employment for the unemployed and underemployed in a safe environment with fair wages. Harmony Art has donated fabric which will be highlighted in the fashion show portion of the evening.
March 2, 2006
On a rainy afternoon at The Sea Ranch, you may find Harriet Wright busy at the cutting board or putting stickers on fabric swatches. Part of Harriet's recovery from foot surgery has been volunteering on the Harmony Art Marketing Team. I feel very fortunate to have friends like Harriet. Huge THANKS! Once her foot has healed, we hope she will consider staying on the team.
February 27, 2006
Last night I did a run through of the talk I am preparing for the de Young museum. It has been a long time since I have done any public speaking. This quote arrived by email "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Sir Winston Churchill
I am hoping to find the courage to do both. I have to remind myself regularly that this journey is way bigger than me.... I am just a piece of a much larger puzzle.
February 14, 2006
I love that we have a day set aside for expres- sing love. I know that it can be commercialized (what can't these days?), and sure there are pesticides sprayed on flowers, and slave labor gold mines, etc. but that isn't what Valentine's day is about to me. To touch a life and leave that person feeling loved is the most amazing gift of all...and it doesn't cost a dime.
February 10, 2006
Grain by grain
Progress is happening....slowly but surely. Last Oct. the Tibetan Monks came to Gualala. I had the unique experience of participating in their "empowerment" ceremony known as Chenrenzig, the Buddha of Compassion. The blessing of Chenrenzig is highly sought after as it helps one to become more peaceful and compassionate despite current events.
I am not a Buddhist but many of their philosophies resonate with me. Their focus, patience, acceptance and detachment are sources of strength during this steep learning curve. I watched them work on the sand painting shown here. After 3 intense days of absolute focus they scattered the sand.
February 4, 2006
In early January my nephew picked out pins for every- one in the family. For my husband he picked work- horse. For my mother-in-law he picked card-shark. For his brother dare-devil. He chose for me the tree- hugger pin. Two days later Treehugger.com featured Harmony Art designs on their web site! How did he know?
Since receiving the pin I have been featured on Treehugger.com twice. As a result the hits to my web site have grown by 50%! I am grateful that there are sites like Treehugger that are committed to promoting a more sustainable future.
January 27, 2006
This week I attended the SF Winter Market. The theme was "green design". The keynote speaker for the day was Mayer Rus the design editor for Home & Garden. His talk was inspiring and encouraging. He discussed the complexity of "green" design... issues such as energy use, fair trade, shipping, chemicals, pollution, etc. I share his hope that green design isn't a fad but rather becomes the norm of how all products are made. There weren't too many products that reflected the theme of the show but at least the dialogue has begun.
The highlight of the event was meeting "green" interior designer Lili Wright. She is a kindred soul who is doing much to spread awareness and accurate information.
January 21, 2006
I just returned from Ann Arbor, MI where the Sustainable Textile Standards Stakeholder meeting was held. There were over 30 attendees representing manufacturers, NGOs, government, etc. It was very encouraging to see so many people coming together to discuss sustainability as it relates to commercial textiles. Cleaning up the textile world will be a long journey but at least the first steps are being taken.
January 18, 2006
Wow... what a month! Just when the days have reached their darkest, the season changes and new possibilities emerge. It has been quite a month for Harmony Art. On Jan. 9th we discovered that we were included in a Natural Home and Garden magazine article (big thanks to Rebecca Taskel). The same day we also received our copy of the Feb. edition of Sew News which featured Harmony Art prints in their "what's new" section (thanks Amy Stalp). Four days later we were informed that we had been featured on the online magazine Treehugger.com (thanks Kyanne Sayer)! Three days after that we got a call from a reporter at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat who is doing an article on green interior design. Cool stuff...and time to get my "latest news" page up and functioning! Thanks for all the good vibes.... I am feeling the love.
In addition our next print Vein is now printed and available for purchase!
the journey continues...