This weekend I went down to Santa Cruz to spend some quality time with my dearest friend Marty. Over the years, Marty and I have shared one of those special relationships where no matter the distance or time we can always re-connect and inspire one another as if it were only yesterday that we were last together. I met Marty when we were both doing crafts fairs in the early 90's. I was instantly attracted to her smile, generous spirit, true business savvy and unmatched eye for detail. We became fast friends and have supported one another through the thick and thin of life's adventures. This weekend was no different, being able to spend time with Marty's Granddaughter Molly!
Marty lives in one of Santa Cruz's beautiful Victorian gems. Her home is like a museum, filled with a lifetimes worth of artistic treasures! Her love of the exotic, gothic, original, whimsical, and antique evident everywhere you look.
But the brightest new jewel in her collection right now is truly little Molly! A strawberry blond sprite (look at those Flintstone piggy tales!) with giggles that can curl your toes, she kept us laughing all weekend long!
It's Marty that I owe my love of bats, skeletons and the macabre. Her passion for creatures that others may not find as appealing always inspires me! Who else but Marty would get 3 orders for Tree Sloths while I was there? Here is a favorite necklace that she designed called 'Skeletons in the Closet'!
My own Marty Magic Jewelry collection rivals any shop display! If the number of ones jewels equates the level of our friendship over the years, then ours is truly tops! In the center is my newest addition a Rhinoceros Beetle Charm!!!
My good friend and neighbor Lucille recently showed me these wonderful mushrooms that she felted. I want to see an autumnal table decorated with these beauties as centerpieces! They are to scale and deliciously wonderful!!
Yesterday I had 9 wonderful women creating a heavenly assortment of paper angels (and a little devil or two...) at the CASTLE! They worked tirelessly all day (in wicked November heat!) leaving with truly beautiful results!!!
Sunday we will be creating a Constellation of Paper Angels at the CASTLE, using a variety of papers and trims that the CASTLE is known for! Also part of the class is the creation of a special 'box' to store your angels in when not in use! This is my last class of the season at the CASTLE until Valentines, so stay tuned for WINTER CLASSES IN ULLA'S STUDIO!!!
Eloise Corr Danch of Brooklyn, created this 'Paper Doll' dress for a display at Anthropologie in NY. The dress weighing between 40 and 50 pounds was inspired by the Spanish court dress in Diego Velazquez’s painting Las Meninas (1656)
"The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments."
These gowns and accessories by Junko Shimada are like wearable paintings! Filled with sea life and birds they are poetic and striking at the same time! And who can resist a swan chapeau??? (Link via Restee Reveuse, image LINK)