Tuesday, July 27, 2010

gift of giving

My friend Lily wanted to honor her friends recent wedding with a gift from her own garden. The result are these napkins, printed with Japanese maple leaves picked from the tree outside her front door. I enjoy working on projects like this, when the process of giving becomes a gift in itself. Lily is an amazing gardener and garden historian, and therefore these handmade napkins have an extra meaning for the newly married couple.

I want to send a special thank you to Susie at Flower * Press who wrote so nicely about our recent swap. I got the most beautiful linen towels, a custom print, and some of her rick rack fabric, in exchange for pieces of my handprinted fabric now destined to become pillows in her home. Check out Susie's etsy shop which is stocked with her stunning, garden inspired and  hand crafted linens, fabrics, prints, and cards. I love surrounding myself with work by creative friends!

 Chalk filigree unbleached tea towel by flower press.

The next few weeks will be hectic, as I am gearing up for a group show at Warm Springs Gallery in August, while finishing up a commission for the University of Virginia also due next month. I'll try to keep up with posting, but if I am not you'll find me in the studio happily but frantically dyeing, printing, and stitching.


  1. Lovely work, and yes, swapping is such a great thing -
    Much pottery in my kitchen came to me in exchange for drawings!

  2. How more personal can this wedding gift be? I love the idea and how you worked it out.

  3. gosh what a beautiful gift that would be to receive,Lotta~!

  4. Lovely work and blog Lotta ...just read about you at the wonderful Gloria's blog ...shall be back to see what you are doing... noticed also India's workshop...
    best wishes,

  5. Hej Lotta!
    Jatte fina servetter och vilken underbar idea att ge nagon en sa meningsful present. Bra ide!

    Hoppas att allt ar bra. Har skrivit till dig nagra ganger men formodar att du har haft for mycket for att hinna svara.
    Skulle vara roligt att hora ifran dig om/nar du har tid.

    x Charlotta


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