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Leaf Collection Saves the Day

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6th grade leaf collection

Last year my Mom was cleaning out her garage and handed me a box of my stuff to sort through. In that box was a leaf collection I made in the 6th grade! I remember taking the still green leaves and encasing them in waxed paper. I also remember the smell of that slightly burning paper and leaves together as if it was yesterday. I’m happy to have such a huge catalog of these beautiful east coast leaves with me today. Thanks Mom!

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leaf collection painted

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Moody Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

I don’t know about you but I love Halloween! And I couldn’t wait to finally post these photos of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery In Paris. It was a visual feast of distressed moss-covered walls, rusting ornate ironwork, cobblestones and SNOW!


crypt door, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Of the thousands to choose from at the cemetery as inspiration (I didn’t even begin to document everything that I found inspiring), I chose this ironwork door for is lovely lines.



crypt, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and a list of other departed celebs buried here are too numerous to name.


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

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Bees in the Presidio

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flowers & bees from the presidio

Of the million things going on in the Presidio in San Francisco, this is one spot that was really hidden away. A bunch of greenhouses and tools for the gardeners who maintain the park was a magical spot to find.



There was also a giant ball of wax sculpture. Homage to the bees, perhaps.

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Lily pads at the Getty Villa

Come for the art, stay for the gardens! The Getty Villa houses part of the massive J. Paul Getty Collection and some beautiful grounds too. Wind your way up the hill to this intimate setting for viewing art with views of Mailbu beach below. Before the Getty Museum‘s expansion into West LA with the added big, beautiful space up in the hills, the Getty Villa was the only place to see the collection of antiquities and art. You could easily fill an inspiring day at each venue!


lily pad shadows

Check out the shadows on the bottom of the pool!  Incredible! And inexplicable. Any scientists want to explain this to me?

I also really like the patina colored algae on the bottom of the pool with its random dot pattern created from tossed coins.


multicolored lily pads

I couldn’t decide which design I like the best. Please vote!


Lily pad art 1


Lily pad art 2

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London Calling: inspiration from the V&A

Taken during a 2010 trip to London, this image of an iron window grille was the catalyst for the Patterns Found blog project. I began documenting found patterns in every landscape. Architecture. Nature. Industry. Far from accidental, this particular piece of ironwork resides at the V&A Museum—a deliberate, beautiful artifact on display. If you can’t get there in person, check out their online database for inspiration. I don’t know of a richer resource for textile design inspiration.

London. It’s dear to me for many reasons. My short residence there in my 20s made me more self-assured and adventurous in all areas of my life. Forging out on my own, I had the pleasure of working in the tea room at the V&A Museum. Not only did I get to experience the culture on a much different level than if I’d been passing through as a tourist, but I was surrounded by incredible textiles, jewelry, costumes, and so much more that this wonderful museum holds in its massive collection. Decades later, with my son in tow for the first time, I returned to London. Seeing the city through his eyes renewed my perspective and helped me rediscover the city, the museum, and the visual contrasts in every corner.

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artwork inspired from ironwork, V&A museum, London 2014

This is the design I created inspired by the photo taken of the grille.

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