Weaving with the Hill-side

Growing up my mum was a weaver, she had an enormous floor loom that we sacrificed our dining room for.  When she was between projects she’d set me up for something small that would keep my interest.  It was methodical and it grew quickly, all the requirements I needed as a crafting teen – and if I’m honest still do!

But I really started this post to tell you about the gorgeous fabrics at The Hill-Side that are now up for sale in limited quantities and not about the book bag I made for myself when I was 10…

I sewed some labels for them a few weeks back and my studio mate DEREK is their production coordinator so I kind of have the inside scoop on this one.  Snooping around their website I found this short production video on one of their makers in Virginia.  It is about a million miles away from me singing along to The Pointer Sisters on cassette tape but still holds the same charm that only a hands-on individual process gives.

Shop their custom fabrics HERE.

 

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Julia in Black & White

Love the new campaign for Givenchy with Julia in oversized menswear and no makeup, makes me want to immediately find a suit and never take it off.

Julia Roberts for Givenchy

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BLACK FRIDAY!

Hey Friends!  It has been an incredible year full of exciting projects and collaborations, I couldn’t have done it alone.  As a big thanks I want to give you a headstart on your Christmas giving or some fun things for yourself!  30%off everything including already reduced items, now until next Friday 12.5.2014.

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BLACK FRIDAY

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Check Please!

It’s interesting that because I’m one of few people my friends know that sew I am always asked to work on projects I wouldn’t ordinarily think of.  Case in point was my friends restaurant Colonie that opened maybe 4 years ago now? and they asked me to make some leather check presenters.  From that one job a bunch more followed.  My latest one is Eugene & Co – a farm fresh restaurant opening on a lonely food strip in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn by Tara Oxley.   I showed up for our appointment and we decided on colour and shape in record time and then talked about New Zealand for the remainder of the meeting.  Dream.

reid.damnit leather check presentersTara wanted a super simple 10″x7″ rectangle with slightly curved edges which like any subtilty is harder than it looks! So I actually used her business card to gently round the edges of my current pattern.

reid.damnit leather check presentersMy favourite part, cutting out miles of shapes on this gorgeous chocolate cow hide

reid.damnit leather check presentersAnd the finished product – 50 check presenters all beautifully brushed/hammer creased and ready to roll

The restaurant is set to open first week of December – good luck Team Eugene!

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Please Sir, may I have some more totes?

I mean if Oliver Twist had been written by the likes of me circa – nowish…

More sail totes in the store for your book carrying/laptop holding/vacation shopping HERE

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Razzle Dazzle!

How rad are these ships! In WWI ships were given the “Dazzle” which is to say that they were painted in complex patterns to make it difficult to determine speed/proximity and shape for enemy fire.  So super cool – I feel like each ship belongs more in a gallery than an ocean though!

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REID (damnit) Constructed

A good friend of mine opened a bar in Manhattan (The Ship – go there and tell Cervantes I sent you!) and they re-covered the banquets in old sails and he naturally thought of me when there was a big garbage bag full of remnants.  I made up the first tote for him and and then cut out a bunch more.  So far I have completed three and there will be another 10! they are all completely one of a kind and very strong and lightweight.  Practically the trifecta in accessories…These babies await you HERE

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