November 29, 2011

Over Two Rivers and Thru the Woods!

Packing up the shearlings to take to the show!
I have to say, an enjoyable show to see and shop,
with kind of a "something for everybody"
atmosphere, from our shearling coats
to gift shopping in all ranges

November 17, 2011

Craft Westport this weekend!

Come try on some silky soft shearling!
Booth B205
Toshiki and Maryszka

New pieces + some at "sample sale" pricing!

November 9, 2011

Toshiki and Maryszka, early work

When Toshiki and I met thirty years ago,  I was a weaver, he, a designer.
We immediately began using my fabrics to design and make jackets, slowly started trimming
them in leather, adding leather sleeves, and evolving from that.
If you had seen us at a craft show back then, these are some of
the pieces you may have seen. And a few of our "collectors" still have
and are wearing pieces from that era, the early '80's.

The red, black & white woven jacket with the black leather edging was our first collaboration.

November 6, 2011

Frank Mason, open studio

Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of being invited by my college friend, the artist Gregory Crane, to an open studio of who he considers his best teacher and closest mentor, Frank Mason. Frank's wife Anne was gracious 
in opening the studio in conjunction with the NYC premiere of 
at the Big Apple Film Festival. The studio, on the top floors of a building on the corner of Broome & Mulberry in Little Italy, is also the home of Cafe Roma. I was able to snap some photos, the studio much the same as it was in all the
years Frank lived and worked there. Frank Mason passed away on June 16th, 2009.