USPS Postage Increase

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Sandy Ericson

On January 17, 2016, the US Postal Service raised the postal rates significantly. The greatest increases came to Priority Mail, which is the service we use the most. Both domestic and international rates increased from 12% to more than 25% depending on the destination. We will continue to monitor the cost of shipping and make adjustments as best as possible to keep the shipping costs down.

Moving to Eugene Oregon

Posted on August 05, 2015 by Sandy Ericson

We have moved our business to Eugene Oregon. If you need assistance or have any questions, please send us an email. To leave a message call 707-968-7748.

Spam in the comment section.

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Sandy Ericson

Do to a continuing high level of spam comments, we have been forced to turn off the comment section of the blog. You can make your voice heard by clicking on Contact Us from the bottom navigation bar. We'll add your comments by hand. Spam is a huge problem on all blogs, thanks for your patience.

Posted in June 2014

A Design Desert at the Met

Posted on May 06, 2014 by Sandy Ericson

Judging from the online photos in the NY Times, the biggest problem with the parade at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala the other night, was trying to figure out who to blame. Then again, maybe it was the waste of so many beautiful materials that were turned into junk?

At least three fourths of the gowns would make a design teacher crawl up the wall in agony. The designs would be on quiz after quiz with something like “re-design this gown to reflect the art elements covered this week”.  Students would be flying out of there with A’s -- there is so much to fix! And that’s just for the Design 1 beginners.

Check out the red carpet rundown here and see if I have a case.

Given the chain of decisions to put a celeb on such a selfie carpet, take your pick.  Should we blame the designer for thinking he or she had a good idea? Or, maybe it was the celeb who threw a dart in a dark closet; or, maybe she had to accept a reject because it was free? Or, maybe the blame lies with the stylist who had a better sales pitch than she did taste? Or, maybe it was the escort of the evening who picked it out? All of the above? I suspect all of the above -- the line-up was really bad.

But someone had to make those things, so I’m going to take this Met Gala as definitive proof that all those designers that get plum jobs with big houses but look like they are 12, really are 12.

While there were several beautifully designed pieces in there (immediately recognizable), the great majority constituted simple embarrassment. They were professionally embarrassing for the designer, physically embarrassing to appear in, embarrassing to move in and, in total, made up an embarrassing display for the Met itself, the City of New York as a model event for the fashion industry, the fashion schools for turning out people without a clue and for the US as a society to emulate.

Next year, please Anna, jury the show or make Design 1 a prerequisite.

Sandra Ericson

Posted in Education, Fashion Design, fashion trends, May 2014, new designers

Meaningful Art For Pattern People

Posted on April 01, 2014 by Sandy Ericson

John Westmark show at the Gibbes in Charleston!

Rarely do we find exceptionable art that is conceptually developed around paper dress patterns.  John Westmark's art expresses the struggles of women, often weighed down by voluminous clothing that is perhaps symbolic of their obligations and duties, while at the same time it underscores their beauty and fragility.  His work plants all the contradictions right there in one sweep and, if you are a woman, there is your life and that of so many others, frozen in one scene.  You feel like you are looking at a self-portrait.  It is powerful and important.  See the show if you are near Charleston, SC -- it's there from April 4th to July 13.

Thank you, John, for your eloquent and beautiful work.


Posted in April 2014, John Westmark, pattern art, pattern design

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