Sew Right To Be Here! sfseamstress.com

Just discovered this sewing & design shop last week on a walkabout. It has a warmth & charm that just makes one feel ‘at home.’ The owner was quite receptive about my looking around & using my point & click. Turns out that they do more than just clothing. Their work includes full window treatments, furniture upholstery, and even room dividers for restaurants. Their website offers a more extensive view of their production–
http://www.sfseamstress.com/sew/index.html
The overall impression is of high quality craftwork & artful design implementation. It’s a very inviting atmosphere.

Simple & to the point, your thread awaits you @ sfseamstress.com

Simple & to the point, your thread awaits you @ sfseamstress.com

The store window was clever, yet understated. There was just enough for a customer to look at without feeling overwhelmed. Truly, a nice combination of differences that melded well.

Sew at your service, located @ 1421 Fulton Street San Francisco, easily accessible by going North via the Divisadero Bus.

sfseamstress, located @ 1421 Fulton Street San Francisco, easily accessible by going North via the Divisadero Bus.

Window design is clever, letting the tools of the trade speak volumes.

Window design is clever, letting the tools of the trade speak volumes, doing ballet with cloth.

Their windows tell you the story behind cloth, before it becomes a defined item.

Colourful spools of thread  add to the charm & coziness of this lovely shop.

Colourful spools of thread in the display window add to the charm & coziness of this lovely shop.

Sweet designs on display, for the child in all of us.

Sweet designs on display, for the child in all of us.

Detail of charming designs for children.

Detail of charming designs for children.

What looks like a cloth jellyfish is named "Billionjelloybloom development pattern & production."  It's a very SFMOMA kind of thing.  It would make a swell addition to my art collection!  Love it!

What looks like a cloth jellyfish is named “Billionjelloybloom development pattern & production.” It’s a very SFMOMA kind of thing. It would make a swell addition to my art collection! Love it!

Upholstery swatches displayed in the shop--beautiful & daring!

Upholstery swatches displayed in the shop–beautiful & daring!

Sew right in black & white, circles--timeless, yet exciting & vibrant.

Sew right in black & white, circles–timeless, yet exciting & vibrant.

You may email them –sew@sfseamstress.com
Or call @ 415-271-0212

The Most Precious Paper Napkin In The World

When having a party, one could easily use a paper towel, instead of a napkin, or a plain napkin, rather than a decorative napkin. People, when possible, seems to lean towards decoration & adding visual allure to brighten things up. Art, in many settings, it’s just our human nature to have & enjoy it.

Decorative paper napkins are no more functional than a paper towel, they just look nicer & add a detail to a party environment, making it feel & look nicer.

Having napkins that are decorative can be seasonal–Xmas, Fourth of July, Halloween. Or, they can be for parties that lend themselves to themes, such as baby showers, weddings, graduations, birthdays. Then, there are parties that have no connection to generally understood themes, parties for the sake of parties. They, too, are deserving of having art, and art does not have to be limited to images that are enhanced by frames & hanged on walls. Art, and the joy of art, can be part of the party scene. The only limits are your budget and/or your access to an outlet that sells such items.

The Most Precious Paper Napkin in the World--Special Award Given by Her Imperial Highness, Princess Melita Bonaparte.

The Most Precious Paper Napkin in the World–Special Award Given by Her Imperial Highness, Princess Melita Bonaparte. “We hereby dedicate this most beautiful paper napkin in the entire world,from all my united subjects, to Patrick Stewart.”

If you think a coffee table book should be made about this topic, please leave your comments (or outraged reactions against such a project) in the space so kindly & Providentially provided by WordPress.com below…below the You Tube video…

And Here Is How Many Disposable Paper Products (Even Party Napkins) Start–You Tube From India Showing The Start Of Becoming Functional & Disposable Paper Product.

The Little Time Keeper

The Little Time Keeper watches the clock, making sure no one arrives five minutes late or departs five minutes early.

Things will surely go to pot if you on at work right on the dot.

Things will surely go to pot if you aren’t at work right on the dot.

Box With A Swinging Lady!

This goes back several weeks ago, a beer box, so oddly designed, something that in the early 1970s would have brought down the wrath of Gloria Steinem, or other feminists of her Era. Then, imagine what earlier feminists, such as Princess Marie Bonaparte might have to say about this!

Now, it’s not only culturally acceptable, but the name of the company (at least the one that we can see) is ACME! Now if that is not a send up of retrograde, I don’t know what is!

So, pushing beer, enjoy the Lady On The Flying Trapeze & enjoy your Fourth of July!

How can you drink a beer on a trapeze without spilling it?  It takes a lady who has been trained @ Miss Parson's School or the Vogue School Of Fashion Art, at one time located 116 South Michigan Blvd, Chicago

How can you drink a beer on a trapeze without spilling it? It takes a lady who has been trained @ Miss Parson’s School or the Vogue School Of Fashion Art, 116 South Michigan Blvd, Chicago.

Coda: The address used for Vogue School of Fashion Art is from a catalogue I inherited, published in 1943.

RARE DEVICE UNCOMMONLY INTERESTING

This nifty, swifty store is waiting for the person who has everything right @ 600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco. I like the items for sale. They are out of the ordinary, but have qualities that make their uniqueness something that allows your home to be different, visually engaging, but not a museum.

You can be cozy with creatively made items, and being able to share this is part of what a home is about. It’s nice to find places like this, allowing us to have that paradox of not fitting in, by outfitting our places to fit our tastes, so that we can fit in with an environment that we create. Creation by selection is just as much of an art as the actual making of any rare device. Our support of such outlets allows for growth of the arts, and lets us express who we are. Great selection, fine items, they all add up to visual fun. Enjoy your trip @ RARE DEVICE.

RARE DEVICE-600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco. The bus will get you here.  It really will.

RARE DEVICE-600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco. The bus will get you here. It really will.

The signage is inviting & visually engaging.

The signage is inviting & visually engaging.

One of the fringe benefits of Rare Device.

One of the fringe benefits of Rare Device.


And, from You Tube, here are some compelling reasons to come to the store…

Norway Day: Coda

Here are a few more photographic remembrances of Norway Day held at San Francisco’s Fort Mason this past weekend.

The flag of Norway.

The flag of Norway.

Fasten your seatbelts, please.  I thought this was a toy aircraft, fashions from plastic.  No, it's a specially wrapped & folded T-shirt, representing SAS Scandinavian Airlines!

Fasten your seatbelts, please. I thought this was a toy aircraft, fashioned from plastic. No, it’s a specially wrapped & folded T-shirt, representing SAS Scandinavian Airlines!

Here is Rosemaling as it was originally intended, as architectural design.

Here is Rosemaling as it was originally intended, as architectural design.



Here, with this booth, is an opportunity to see Rosemaling in a more practical context.

Here, with this booth, is an opportunity to see Rosemaling in a more practical context.

New Faux Armour For Faux Princess Not Going Far!

Milan ramp work is a long way away for the likes of Princess Melita Bonaparte. But all the thanks in the world to the artists & support staff @ San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum for helping this technically challenged “artist-in-dream” execute a complex costume design. The premise was to allow the general public (royal & non royal) into the inner workings of what goes on with arts & crafts, with a general concept that we drew inspiration from the protective outer wear used by the Terracotta Warriors. Those who came for this event were assisted by instructors who gave us a general thematic concept: one area was set aside for those interested in putting together costumes with a focus on texture, and the other side of the work area was for those who wanted to focus on colour. The bee was one of the symbols used by Napoleon Bonaparte. Combining my interests in that area, & my own inclination for brightness in tints, that choice was the easy part, and I buzzed right over to where all the pretty paper was to be found.

We were provided with cardboard, a wide variety of paper, and other small objects that had a mirror-like quality about them, which provided texture: sort of two for the price of one. I arrived shortly after the start time of 5:00 pm–and must say that the staff supported the activities with patience & encouraged those of us who wanted to walk away from the premises, with complete outfits. Did not depart till after closing time, as the process was quite intense & time-consuming, but certainly fun.

I was just lucky enough to get superb help in the assembly process of what I had designed under orders from Princess Melita Bonaparte–and the results were a lot of fun, visually, and in learning how to use brass paper brads (that was, perhaps the most challenging part of all!) to put the components together.

It was a challenging but satisfying time. One that allowed for people of all backgrounds & skill levels to participate in a creative activity. The time just went by too quickly! Again, my thanks to the generosity of the volunteers who helped make this event a unique & joyful experience!

This would show better with a black outfit, but the basic concept comes through--another Terracotta Warrior drafted!

This would show better with a black outfit, but the basic concept comes through–another Terracotta Warrior drafted!

[caption id="attachment_2974" align="aligncenter" width="460"]Front view of Terracotta Warriors-inspired Imperial costume-executed @ Asian Art Museum. Front view of Terracotta Warriors-inspired Imperial costume-executed @ Asian Art Museum.

Back view detailing costume design.  Watching out for one's back is part of life, sad to say...

Back view detailing costume design. Watching out for one’s back is part of life, sad to say…