I put up “floating” shou sugi ban shelves! There’s a section of the studio that was just begging for shelves, and I could really use the storage space. But for these shelves, I wanted something a little different. A while back I found a photo of this beautiful zebra stripe looking wood, and I wanted something similar. So I turned to the traditional Japanese art of shou sugi Ban for my shelves. The traditional practice of shou sugi ban involves charring cedar wood with fire, creating a a finished piece that is black and weatherproof, bug proof, and lasts for a long time.
I pulled this lovely piece out for some inspiration. Isn’t it beautiful?! My mom created it in the 70s and held onto it all these years. I am beyond thrilled that it still fits!
My mom was so amazing at putting together these patchwork pieces. I especially loved that they are made entirely from leather remnants. It’s a great example of reuse at it finest.
Well I’ve done it, I made a wall! An accent wall to be exact. After much planning and experimenting, I decided I wanted to begin at the beginning. And for me, that is turning my studio space into a zone that inspires me, doesn’t distract, is functional, and I’m proud of. So I have a plan. Every week I’m going to update a new section of my space with handmade pieces made from natural products or vintage/second hand pieces that I personalize. I will of course have a studio reveal at the end of the month.
Before I get into explaining what The Slow Stitch Company is, I think I should first talk about my relationship with my mother, Shell, and my father, Doug. I was lucky enough to be raised by two incredibly kind, caring, and creative people. People who love deeply, put their hearts into every project, and aren’t afraid to ask questions to get to the truth. Everything I am today is because of them. They are my best friends. They are the reason why I’m reawakening The Slow Stitch Company.