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Call Me Patches

January 07, 1998

Take a break from prints and solids. These rugged-looking tea towels and cocktail napkins are decorated with cute, homey-looking little appliques of plants and pots.

Tea towel, $29, and cocktail napkins (set of 4), $29, at Paperwhites, South Pasadena.

Cool-Looking Pasta

Castellana pastas come in colors, which will fade a bit in cooking (even the dark purple of the trecce nere, which are colored with squid ink), but who cares? They'd look great in a jar in your kitchen, especially the foglie d'autunno ("autumn leaves"), with their rough rustic texture.

Castellana pastas, $4.99 to $5.29, Say Cheese, Los Feliz.

Dine on Sam Francis

The four designs of these limited-edition plates come from prints made by the late Abstract Expressionist artist Sam Francis, who was fascinated by the effects of chance in art. He made the original patterns by putting inked paper into a high-powered press. These reproductions, made in cooperation with the Sam Francis estate, are meant to be used; they're lead-free and dishwasher-safe.

Sam Francis ceramic plates, $125 each, MOCA stores in Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

Crafty Women

Local Color is a gallery founded three years ago by a group of women to showcase their wares. Nekesa Sepihwe made the bowl and espresso cup and saucer sets; the tray is by Julie van Herwerden.

Espresso cup and saucer sets, $20; bowl, $65; tray, $110, at Local Color, Pacific Palisades.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday January 14, 1998 Home Edition Food Part H Page 2 Food Desk 2 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
In the Cookstuff column of Jan. 7, the price of the plates based on designs by the Abstract Expressionist artist Sam Francis was erroneously given as $125 apiece. That is actually the price for the set of all four plates, which are being sold at the Museum of Contemporary Art giftshop in downtown Los Angeles.
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