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Food + Art = The Carnegie

Food travels a journey most people don’t realize. From the warm straw nest constructed by a mother hen we notice the ambiance and simplicity of nature’s most precious gift: food. We then cut back on all the complexities of this food to a manufacturing process by simply presenting that milky, brown chicken egg as the quiche we just baked, the omelette we ordered, or the scrambled heap of yellow fluff we worked haphazardly to whip up. However, there is more to this journey than what we tend to believe. Food undergoes the greatest of adventures as it crosses paths both natural and man-made.

How does one present this beautiful cycle? Art of course!

For ten years Carnegie Hall, in Kentucky, has proudly hosted a beautiful evening gala to commemorate the interactive environment between the culture of food and art through the showcasing of creations of some of the Tri-state’s top chefs as well as local artists. By displaying that food and art work together in telling stories and give rise to community; we as a people grow in appreciation for the way we taste, visualize, and smell food.

Farm to Gallery, was this year’s theme for the event, and Cut And Sewn eagerly jumped in with a wonderful set of ideas to represent not only our business’s craft but whimsical yet professional nature as well. Our sample room works on the basis of fashion but as an event that spills forth character planning; we decided to take a different route by entering the realm of costume design and development for this particular evening affair. After many long hours of ruffling fabric, draping heavy knits, and attaching prop pieces, the Cut And Sewn team created a twin set of Bumbling Bees, a gardening dress for a Miss Beekeeper, and finally a bountiful display for the Merry Milkmaid.

The mini collection we fabricated received wonderful feedback and appreciation on the night of the Carnegie reception and we had grown in experience with combining the artistic realms of edibles, fantasy costuming, and forward thinking fashions. A night my team members and I certainly will not forget!

Until next time –  Be Bold. Be Inspired,

Nathan at Cut And Sewn

Revisiting a favorite pattern…

I recently made some new towels from my Towel Topper Pattern. I still find these towels super handy around the house. When they get too old and ratty I toss them out and get to make more!

new towel

If you’re interested in making a few towel toppers of your own you can download the PDF pattern here (towel_topper) and the original tutorial is posted here. If you have a larger towel that you need to make a topper for just enlarge the pattern a bit.

Be sure to let me know how your towels turn out!

I found a new blog to love…

I just stumbled across this blog, Pretty Little World from a link on another blog, kinda love when that happens. The whole thing is wonderful but this post was particularly good: DIY gold antlers.

That sound you heard was me running out the door to find antlers, lots of them. Here’s the link to whole DIY post.

This is the post that brought me to Pretty Little World in the first place featuring this incredible leather cuff from ARCANAminor.  There seems to be some amazing vintage going on in Michigan.

New Issue of Kiki

The fall issue of Kiki is out!  This is the second DIY project I have done for this great magazine. If you’re new to Kiki, this is a truely well done magazine for pre-teen and early teen girls that  comes out seasonally.  It focuses on style, individuality and substance.  I strongly believe that teaching girls to make things, and then their completing a project, gives them a feeling of pride and a sense of control over their own lives.

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This latest project focused on recycling vintage clothes, this time menswear and t-shirts, into new garments.

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