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New York Diary: Fabric Buying + Fun

Just back from a fabric buying trip to New York, (one of the best parts of my job), where I found so many great fabrics my head is reeling....

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Paris Fall 2016 Windows

Photo by Katherine Tilton

Wander with me down the streets of Paris and take a look at the windows and inside some of the shops...

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Playing it Forward: Checking In and Catching Up


Playing it forward... Over the past month I’ve been getting the website ready for the time I’ll be in Paris, which translates to a steady daily routine of photographing and posting ahead. While I'm out galavanting around Paris, new fabrics will post every day during the 3 weeks while I’m away. Our fabulous ArtBarn team is holding down the fabric home front to keep your orders coming and handle customer calls and service. Nearly 100 new fabrics are in the lineup!

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Black Tie Suggested - Sewing Required

Hard to believe that I have closets full of clothes and 3 barns full of fabric, but when the wedding invitation from my niece Marissa arrived, it dawned on me that I had nothing to wear....

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Paris Diary: May 2016

An idyllic month in Paris -- complete with all kinds of weather, two fabulous groups of women, one jocular man, our recently graduated as a doctor niece Annie, numerous art exhibitions, some totally touristic pursuits and too much good food to mention!

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Paris Windows

In one of the most beautiful springtimes in Paris, the shop windows are full of interesting things, some giving a glimpse into the future....

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The Paris Plan

Sewing for spring, for Paris and for the sheer heck of it! Using a pale gray palate, shown above are a some of the pieces and fabrics being auditioned for my upcoming month in Paris.....

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Expo Finale

The Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup is the big mama of all sewing shows, biggest and best in the world.

Grand finale report on the 2016 Sewing Expo. Bigger and better than ever. And our last...

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Cuba Style

For 10 years, I’ve done the photography for the marcytilton.com website, gradually moving into better equipment and integrating a slow, steep learning curve. I wince when I look at those early fabric shots! 2015 was my year to become a better photographer. While shopping for a camera in LA, I came upon an exhibition of Peter Turnley’s photographs, titled French Kiss, A Love Letter to Paris and it was a turning point. Bought the camera and the book, and on an intuitive whim, enrolled in Peter’s Spring 2015 Paris workshop, which started me down a path I am heading along at warp speed.
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Couture + Photograpy: Alber Elbaz/Lanvin Exhibition in Paris


Alber Elbaz: Design Guru & Genius

Lanvin Artistic Director, Alber Elbaz does not use social media, have an e-mail address or take photos himself. His exhibition, Alber Elba/Lanvin Mainfesto at Paris’s Maison Européenne de la Photographie blends the worlds of photography and couture in a way that makes my heart sing. Described as 'an introspective, not a retrospective', the exhibition combines photographs with sketches, features a video, but best of all, one entire room blends couture garments in process complete with pins and basting threads, bolts of fabric that roll off the mannequin onto the floor, along with photographs of the garment. My photos here combine quotes fro Elbaz with my remarks. Most of us who make our own clothes entertain the fantasy of visiting a couture workroom...this is the closest thing to realising that dream. This exhibition closes October 31, so if you are in Paris this week, DO go see it. Quotes from Alber Elbaz come from the show catalog called Alber Elbaz/Lanvin Manifeste which I purchased in the museum bookstore, and tried, but could not find on Amazon. It is sure to become a collector's item.

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