Lotus Seeds – South of the Yangtze River

10.09.2015 § Leave a comment

The Yangtze River divides China into two regions, North and South. The river is the third longest waterway in the world and the lengthiest river to run entirely within one country. The population north of the river consumes mostly wheat products such as noodles, breads and rice.  While traveling through a southern city in China, I visited a local fruit shop. Within the supermarket, I came across lotus pods filled with seeds.  I decided to try the seeds, raw of course, and they were delicious!  My friend, who I was traveling with and a native to the area said, “Poor thing, you have never tried fresh lotus seeds!”

Lotus plants are indigenous to China in the south and wherever there is a pond, usually there are lotus flowers to be found. The plant blooms beautifully in the summer and is still alive and thriving in the fall when all other plants are fading.

Iris with Lotus

Perpetual Art Student

03.03.2015 § Leave a comment

The Studio Collection acts as a reminder that there is a host of great art where we can experience the sublime beauties created by many different souls. To go into the deep hearts of those who felt compelled to communicate with their colors, shapes and spaces.

As we age, our perception of visual phenomena changes, actually rather I should say it broadens.  When I was young, I could not understand Van Gogh; his swirling texture and thick paints used to scare me. Now he makes many of his contemporaries look pale and unworthy, especially Gauguin.

It’s this broad experience that Brentano’s designers and I used to shape our spring, artist-inspired collection. Some patterns were created for sentimental reasons. Like Moonrise, which I based on a motif created by my best friend in Chicago. She gave up her art career a few years ago to become a Buddhist nun. We can no longer talk intimately because 350 monastic precepts separate her life from mine. To have a reminder of her work in my portfolio comforts me.

Moonrise inspiration

Moonrise Inspiration

Moonrise

Moonrise Fabric

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