Margaux! It's a fabulous name, n'est pas? I have loved it forever and when I had the inspiration to illustrate her, I knew it was perfect. Margaux was born out of a passion for Paris, a dream to live there since I was five, and the joy of living life to its fullest. Here's the long and short of it.Read More
Recently I was asked a fabulous question that made me realize that although I work with these materials nearly every day, my clients may not know why I do. They are selected because of what they bring to the item, and in the case of hand-waxed canvas, its waterproofing and durability.
Waxed canvas, also known as waxed cotton, is fabric that has had a paraffin applied to it to create a water resistant barrier. The process dates back to 15th century mariners applying fish oils and grease to their ship's sailcloth for more efficient travel. They also created coats to keep themselves dry on the rough seas, an early precursor to the fisherman's rain slicker. Over time the process was refined and lighter weight oils were added to cotton sails and were used by the Royal Navy and tea ships in the mid 1850's. It became the first choice for British forces during WWII to keep soldiers dry in wet and damp conditions.Read More
As an artist I am very particular about the materials I use. I want them to not only look great but also be of artisan quality. And I LOVE using items that have a long history of their own. When looking at my leather books, you have undoubtedly seen the name Horween associated with certain color options so I thought I would tell you who they are.Read More
I used to dream about naming my daughter, the one I hoped to have one day, Margaux. Then I got married and that suddenly became so very wrong! My daughter is named Reese.Read More
...and a procrastinator! I literally had to force her to come into my studio to pick out what she wanted for her birthday....which was in JANUARY! Honestly, I would have picked the same thing out for her on my own but it was fun to see her get excited about what the final piece would include.Read More