Well, I'm back from Manhattan and in spite of being knocked out with a terrible cold, I did manage to see some great things. The sad part is that my luggage is still missing (along with my laptop) and I cannot share photos with you today. Let me just say that I love Central Park. Love. Love. Love.
I had a few epiphanies on the trip and one of them was after visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and waiting fifty minutes in line to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit. It was life changing. I can't do myself justice when I try to explain why, but let me just say that it sealed the deal on what I've known for a long time. I missed my calling and should have gotten into textile design years and years ago...but, in fairness to myself, I didn't realize it was an option for me. Why? Who knows? I just didn't.
So, after seeing the exhibit and confirming my love of patterns and colors and well, the history of fabrics and paper, I decided to set about a little self-study and learn more. I have ordered books from the library and have added a couple to my collection. That is another goal...to have one of the most extensive collections of books on fabrics and pattern design in the world. Yes, I know I just wrote...in the world. I want to know all and have all at easy access.
I am not sure where I will take my knowledge and my own designs, but I do know that I am changed. I have little interest in fashion design, but lots of interest in fabric and paper pattern design.
One of my stops in NYC was at the famous ABC Carpet store...which is 2 buildings of housewares, gifts, imports, jewelry, vintage, and new gorgeousness...everything thing from throw pillows and bedding to jewelry and imported essential oil blends. Well, I got lucky in the vintage area. I was able to choose two vintage fabric stamps from India...the very day after deciding that I'd like to stamp my own paper for wallets. The very day. Let me tell you this...the Little Orange Bus Shop is going to be loaded with equal parts bath and body and paper goods. Throw in locally made jewelry and you have the kind of shop I'd like to walk into right now!
The book at the top of the post is now in my collection, but let me share some others...really, pouring through these pages is heaven for me. I have always joked about being someone who reads cookbooks like novels and now that I have food under control in my life, I've found another passion...reading textile books like novels! I cannot get enough and the best part is that you can't gain weight from fabric inspiration!
Note: These types of books can be pricey, so if you have any that you are thinking of getting rid of because they just sit around, please let me know and I'll pay your postage if you ship them to me!