a wee bit of recent fan mail :) thanks to everyone and your kind words.
"Thank you so much!! They are amazing...I love the think tank so much (and my mom and little sister are already sooo jealous...may need their own haha). It will actually be great for teaching in since it is a little longer (plus I feel pretty). As usual - love your stuff!"
"Your designs and store are my discovery of the year!"
"I love both dresses, they fit perfect and I am thrilled to see you support animal welfare."
"...your line is really lovely. I enjoyed the Summer collection and love the Fall line even more!"
"thank you for your wonderful clothes!"
"I purchased a [Honey Bee Tent] top from "Awear" in Collingwood Ontario in the winter of 2009 and I love it!!!!!! I want to buy more. I was wondering if you had any left and if so I will order at least 6 or 7 in different colours if available."
"Thank you so much! I'm as big a fan of you :) I love my dress, it's perfect. Thank you!"
music has always been a huge part of my creative process - and there has been so many nights of my designing that was accompanied by the music of Swell Season and the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Marketa Irglova.
can you hear the music, feel it, woven into the the fabric of my designs?
everyone should be so lucky to find a friend, a song, an artist who strikes a chord with them (no pun intended), who inspires and motivates them - and to be able to to show their gratitude. i met with Marketa last monday - such warmth and grace from a tiny frame, and her smile that lit the entire room - and had a chance to show my gratitude. (as i am writing this, a lovely butter yellow butterfly is fluttering across my window!)
Marketa, thank you for your warmth and hospitality. and thank you for your beautiful musical accompaniment to my designs. photos below courtesy of Neil Ta.
we're all settled in Ontario (photos of the new studio coming soon, and more about the move later -) and got a chance to explore a bit. went to a sustainable building lecture today at eco-inhabitat, which is a cute eco-store in a renovated barn in Meaford, with Josh Thornton, an natural building expert in the area. i really enjoyed his talk, and similar to the presentation from Sirewall (rammed earth home builders on salt spring island), i love their holistic approach to building, to life, and our habits and patterns of consumption, the simplicity and grace of our ancestors' way of life (from a mere century ago) and how feasible it is for us to build a sustainable life for ourselves.
and i'm feeling super energized to continue to create a holistic, sustainable life and community, and grateful that there are so many like minded people out there who have helped paved the way for us, and generous in sharing their knowledge.
also picked up a LifeFactory silicone teether from eco-inhabitat for my niece n_n
ahh.. here's a teaser photo of my summer office:
(see? my cell phone is there! i was really working!!... okay i had go to back inside shortly after this photo because of my allergies and there were too many black flies and deer flies munching on my skin)
this award is first annual award created in recognition of the many talented eco fashion designers in Canada. there are a number of fabulous designers working toward a sustainable fashion future, and we've been chosen as one of fourteen nominees represent the driving force of the movement in Canada!!
it's really nice to see our efforts and commitment to eco-fashion, organic and sustainable fabrics and notions, our animal welfare charities, and to our eco-ethical processes has been recognized!! (i have to admit, when you work by yourself in a one-woman company, sometimes you wonder if anyone out there notices what you're doing...)
we're so so SO honoured to be recognized, along with some of my favourite Canadian eco-fashion labels!! and congratulations to all the other nominees: