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#YEAROFCOLOR: INSPIRATION

It’s hard to believe that we are more than halfway through 2020 and The School of Making’s Year of Color. Such a year, we could never have fathomed—and, in so many ways, still cannot. Contemplation, making, and gathering inspiration for the future have become a go-to coping mechanism for me—which has been expressed through adding to my design library and searching for time between making masks, designing a new collection, and navigating safety protocols for our store and team to pour through these books.

I was reminded of Marilynne Robinson’s beloved book Gilead last week when listening to Ezra Klein’s conversation with Bryan Stevenson. John Ames, the hero of Gilead, writes this to his young son about the money he might have put aside for his family before his death:

“…for all those hours I was up here working away in the study, and for the books that used to come in the mail for me—not so many, really, but more than I could afford. That’s where some of the money went that I could have put aside.” 

Such is life in inspiration and imagination these days. I hope my children and grandchildren will celebrate me and not bemoan the fact that they are left to go through my multitude of books and fabrics and papers one day. This is the thread of my life from day-to-day: piles of books, papers, and, of course, fabric.

Our newest Abstract patterned fabric in Peacock from The School of Making arrived at the studio and is in-stock this week and ready to add to my pile(s)—while supplies last. We also have new selection of limited-edition organic lightweight cotton jersey fabrics available in Black, Navy, Baby Blue, Lilac, and Natural and our signature medium-weight cotton jersey in Lilac. I’ve put together a “playlist” of sorts of books, garments, fabric colors, and notions that I find inspiring and in combination with these fabrics. Our 100% Organic Cotton Jersey can be used with a wide variety of techniques: from Reverse Appliqué to Negative Reverse Appliqué and beyond. Of course, I’ve always believed that inspiration is only limited by my willingness to explore.

Be well in your adventures,
xoNatalie

#yearofcolor #summerofcolor #theschoolofmaking #TSOM20in20

Left: “Untitled”, ca. 1965; Right: “Untitled”, ca. 1970 by Annie Mae Young from The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, 2002 by William Arnett, Alvia Wardlaw, Jane Livingston, and John Beasley (pages 102–103).
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100% Organic Limited-Edition Printed Cotton Jersey in the Abstract pattern in Peacock from The School of Making.
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From On Color, 2018 by David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing (pages 80–81).
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Clockwise from top left: Organic Cotton Swatch shown in Emerald with Abstract stencil; Beauty Everyday, 2013 by Rinne Allen, Kristen Bach, and Rebecca Wood. Photographed by Rinne Allen; Reverse Appliqué Magdalena design in Emerald from our Summer Swing Skirt  and Summer Corset Kits; Cumberland Island, Georgia, from The Saltwater Table: Recipes from the Coastal South, 2019 by Whitney Otawka (pages 4–5). Photographed by Emily Dorio. (Also, don’t miss this bonus: Buttermilk Tres Leches Cake from Whitney Otawka.)
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Left: “Group VI, Evolution, No.15”; Right: “Group VI Evolution, No. 16” from The WUS/Seven-Pointed Star Series, 1908 by Hilma af Klint. Photograph from Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, 2018 by Tracey Baskhoff for The Guggenheim (pages 126–127).
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Clockwise from top left: Negative Reverse Appliqué Abstract design shown in Carmine and Ballet; October from Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo, 1994 by Guadalupe Rivera Marí and Marie-Pierre Colle (pages 78–79); Embroidery Floss; Red Chop Beads from The School of Making Bead Mix.
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Clockwise from top left: Organic Cotton Swatch shown in Gold with Abstract stencil from our Summer Swing Skirt and Summer Corset Kits; Lightweight Organic Cotton Face Mask in Persimmon; Embroidery Floss from The School of Making; Glaze Testing for Chez Panisse from Heath Ceramics: The Complexity of Simplicity, 2006 by Amos Klausner (pages 154–155).
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Left: “Untitled”; Right: “Buds”, 1959 by Agnes Martin. From Agnes Martin, 2015 edited by Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell (pages 50–51).
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Clockwise from top left: Pistachios from Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi, 2010 by Yotam Ottolenghi, photographed by Jonathan Lovekin (pages 152–153); The Tank from Alabama Chanin, available in Lilac for a limited time; “Sonia in her studio in 1968, her eighty-third year” from Sonia Delaunay: The Life of an Artist, 1995 by Stanley Baron with Jacques Damase (pages 192–193).
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From The Art of Embroidery: Inspirational Stitches, Textures, and Surfaces, 2007 by Françoise Tellier-Loumagne and Sheila Paine (also here).

Explore Make It Summer: DIY Sewing Kits + Inspiration from The School of Making here.

Do-it-yourself sewing kits for the Summer Corset and the Summer Swing Skirt, as well as range of other DIY Sewing Kits, are available in colors from tonal to bold for a limited time.

Abstract Peacock Limited-Edition Printed Cotton Jersey, Lilac 100% Organic Medium-weight Cotton Jersey, and 100% Organic Lightweight Cotton Jersey in select colors are also available for a limited time for dreaming, scheming, and creating a year of color.

Share your projects with us on Instagram by using the hashtags #theschoolofmaking and #TSOM20in20 for a chance to have your work featured.

Make It Summer Reading (+ Inspiration) List:

Agnes Martin, edited by Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future by Tracey Bashkoff

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by William Arnett, Alvia Wardlaw, Jane Livingston, John Beardsley

Heath Ceramics: The Complexity of Simplicity by Amos Klausner

The Art of Embroidery: Inspirational Stitches, Textures, and Surfaces by Françoise Tellier-Loumagne and Sheila Paine

The Saltwater Table: Recipes from the Coastal South by Whitney Otawka

Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo by Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera 

On Color by David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing

Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi

Sonia Delaunay: The Life of an Artist by Stanley Baron

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson


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