Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sandy Hook Snowflakes

 Check out my friend's site

So with her suggestion I made 26 snowflakes to send to the Connecticut PTSA.  Here are the finished snowflakes being sent tomorrow 12/21/2012. 

Monday, December 10, 2012


The SCRAP  art show where artists used materials that have been repurposed or recycled is now exhibiting at the ARC gallery in Soma San Francisco until January 9.  I was lucky enough to have my piece accepted.  Here I am with my piece made with papers from a discarded atlas, corrugated packing paper, and old wire.

Monica Lee and her cake made of discarded book pages.

Megumi Inouye with her piece made from papers that were donated to the paper section at SCRAP...ledger paper, old calendars, maps, file on...

Kenan Shapiro also had her quilt piece from discarded fabric scraps and joined us in this photo.

Some of the pieces from other artists....

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Banner

My daughter and I put up this banner for her daughter Gia's first birthday party.  Colored cardstock  8 1/2 x 11 were used for each letter and clothes pinned onto special yarn.  This was to mimic Gia's clothes hung with the first outfit she came home from the hospital with and ending with one she wears now.
Gia the day before turning one.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

High Tea in the Mission

All dressed up with hats and Fascinators, ladies attended a wonderful Tea at Ruth's Table.  Aiko Cuneo brought her collection of tea cups and saucers.  Lola and Megan brought in the tea pots and tiered stands.  They brought in the goodies.  We were serenaded by a wonderful harpist while we enjoyed the cucumber sandwiches, crumpets, cookies and candy and, of course, tea.  Aiko also brought in slides of various hats from around the world.  A raffle was had and Nicole won the gift basket and I won the best prize,  a Fascinator made by Aiko.

The tables set for High Tea...cucumber sandwiches and crumpets were passed around.

The hat I won at the was meant to be, see how it matched my outfit??

Monica and her film fascinator.

 Latin countries have a version of high tea called merienda.  It is a time to pause and have an afternoon snack, coffee or tea and  meet with friends...a very civilized tradition.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

You know when you're on youtube.....


Check it out to see what the Fashion Incubators of San Francisco did during their photo shoot with John Casado and gang.

 page 4....about the FISF on Maiden Lane and I got a mention!  Here are photos I took of the models displaying the designs.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Poor Little Steiff

My friend Lalena has this little Steiff T-Bear that needed some patching.  Her dog got a hold of it and tore the left chest...the fur and fabric were gone...but the rest of the body survived.  I repaired it and gave it a big heart and a new pair of pants....

my note...with a little care, the heart is still there, because you love him, as it is to be, we just made it bigger....ahhh, you see!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


 On September 6, 2012, it was Fashion Night Out in San Francisco and the Macy's Fashion Incubators of San Francisco were highlighted on the 3rd floor of Macy's.  The Incubator designers made their initial debut with one style from each designer in the Macy's Stockton street window.  I really feel proud of the accomplishments of these young designers and to be a small part of helping it happen along with the great efforts of Jeanne Allen, Director of FISF.  Here are some photos from that night.
Sabah and Bethany of Mansoor Scott

Tony of Sounthavong
Justin of Justin Jamison

Paloma Von Bradley

Tamara Jaric
Bethany and I

Thursday, August 30, 2012


We had a long 11 hour photo session with John Casado for the Look Books of the Macy's Fashion Incubator San Francisco.  Marc Grant became a gaffer extraordinaire while I pinned, pressed and helped stage.  Jeanne kept things rolling and Veronica made up the models. But, of course, John knew just how to get the models to move and how to light them.  It was quit an undertaking....over 600 shots...Now the designers have to decide which ones they want for their Look Books.  It was a thrill to watch a master at work with his camera.  He captured the best of each designers pieces.

This photo was taken with my camera and without the automatic light John has attached to his camera..


The Friends of Calligraphy was lucky to have Monica Dengo for a wonderful workshop and demonstration.  22 of us were able to take this 5 day experience of making art with rhythmic letter forms using the litho or cola pen.  We all made our own pens before we use the sumi inks to cover our Arches text wove.  Some of us were stressed at making letter forms that were not the traditional but as a basis for our artistic, and sometimes not, forms.  The final pieces were made into Monica's wonderful book form..folded, Japanese binded and painted with watercolors and sometimes waxed.

Monica explaining space and rhythm with reference to Italian 15th-16th century italic.

Explaining the book structure...

making the book.....
My attempt....
Showing the inner structure and hidden pockets of my book....