July 19, 2013 |
Sitting atop a low table draped in a geometric quilt, Pakistani textile artist Naina intently stitches a red-and-blue block. For the next hour, she works nonstop, finishing the intricately detailed appliqued square as a fascinated audience looks on. The artist, who is in residency at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena through Sunday, uses no patterns, photos or drawings. "It's in her head," said her husband, Surendar Valasai, who serves as her interpreter and is chief executive of the Lila Handicrafts collective she represents.
March 7, 2013 |
The seductive new Century City restaurant Hinoki & the Bird , reviewed by Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold last week, conveys a dark intensity. But take a closer look at some of the interior details and you'll find a degree of playfulness. Milo Garcia of MAI Studio in Los Angeles wanted the restaurant, the newest concept from chef-owner David Myers, to have a touch of glamour but also a sense of humor - a combination that plays out in two particular areas: bathroom subway tiles that cleverly double as mirrors and striking block-patterned denim banquettes.
September 26, 2012 |
Haptic Lab, the design studio known for creating intricately detailed "soft maps" -- quilted renderings of cities and neighborhoods -- has released a do-it-yourself quilt kit so that you can create the look yourself. The $38 DIY kit includes a single-use template so experienced sewers can create their own 36-by-42-inch map of the United States. The kit also includes sewing instructions and a material list to bring to your local quilt shop or fabric store. Fabric, batting and thread are not included. Haptic Lab's finished keepsakes normally range from $145 for a baby quilt to $450 for a larger size that the company says fits full to king-size beds; custom pieces are priced as high as $1,200.
August 14, 2011 |
I make books. That's what I do. I made my first book about 17 years ago, a feat I consider a miracle. On a whim I took a class on making cased-in books with hard spines, and when I looked at the finished product I was astounded, as if I'd made a car with my bare hands. I say that not to brag, since I completely credit the teacher with my success. But the fact that I could actually construct a book that had covers and pages and could be written in was thrilling. That feeling has never left me in almost two decades, and it's what compels me to make and design books as well as write books on bookbinding.
March 10, 2011
EVENTS The 31st biannual Pomona Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival returns to the Pomona Fairplex. Over the course of three days, novices and experts alike will find plenty to outfit their projects from more than 60 sewing, quilting, needle-art and crafts exhibitor booths (offering wares by local and national companies), exhibitor seminars and an array of "Make and Take" workshops, among them, no-sew quilted wall hangings, easy stained glass and beading projects for all skill levels.
October 17, 2010 |
When the Blue Ridge Parkway beckons me, I answer, especially in autumn, when I long for its twists and turns, its waterfalls, natural gardens, forests and upland meadows that dot its nearly 500 miles in Virginia and North Carolina. Little has changed here in the 75 years since the parkway construction began, permanently linking Virginia's Shenandoah National Park in the north and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the south. It took 52 years and hundreds of workers to complete this public works project, which helped Appalachia climb out of the Great Depression.