Inspiration: Lorna Fencer

Artist Lorna Fencer (1920-2006), an Indigenous Australian was trained in the skill of body painting for women's ceremonies early in her life. Her art career "began" however when she started taking up the practice of painting on linen canvases in 1986, when she was 66. Her work is energetic, independent, and emotional much like the woman herself. She was a senior custodian of the Yarla Dreaming stories which tell of ancestral women from the Napurrula and Nakamarra groups searching for the bush potato, which are reflected in many of her works.

Trunk & Art Show Thursday May 5 at Velouria

If you are in the Seattle area, additional pieces from the Spring/Summer 16 collection will be available at Velouria for a trunk show on Thursday May 5. In addition, a new collection of "scrap paintings" made from the line's development and production fabric scrap will be on display for the month of May. Follow along on social media if you are out of the area or can't make it out.

Happy Earth Day

Environmental conservation and appreciation has always been a huge part of my life. The older I get, the more important it becomes. The fashion industry is notoriously bad when it comes to waste, pollution, human rights and the overuse of resources. I feel like there is an incredible opportunity to change the industry and also change our behaviors as consumers. So in honor of Earth Day I wanted to take a few moments to go over our process and the textiles we use for the clothing line.

OUR PROCESS:

We are committed to USA made goods for all parts of the manufacturing process. The current collection is made entirely in house, from the cutting and sewing to the printing, steaming and washing. Keeping everything in house limits the quantity produced but gives us much more control, less waste and attention to each and every piece.  

THE TEXTILES:

Organic & Recycled Cotton:
Conventional cotton uses more chemicals than any other crop and is frequently genetically modified. These chemicals adversely affect the soil, water, air as well as the lives of the farmers and people living in proximity of the growing areas. This is why we feel it is of utmost importance to support the organic cultivation of cotton as well as recycling practices. All of the cotton in our clothing is blended with hemp so that we are using less, as well as certified organic.

Organic Linen:
Linen, made from the flax plant is naturally more sustainable and requires less chemicals during cultivation than cotton. Even so, flax is not very competitive with weeds so herbicides are commonly used. Organic practices create healthier soils for long term cultivation. Flax processing can also create water pollution during the enzymatic process of separating the fibers from the stalk. Our source for linen uses a more labor intensive yet sustainable practice that insures no waste water is accumulated or released into the environment.

Hemp:
Hemp is one of the most if not most versatile and sustainable plants on our planet. It can be used as a rotation crop, for paper, textiles, building materials, food, skin care products and even bio fuels. It is naturally insect and pest resistant needing little to no pesticides or herbicides. It is also drought resistant, grows exceedingly fast and dense planting protects hemp from invasive weeds. The fibers themselves are exceptional for long lasting clothing. The fibers have anti-mildew and anti-microbial properties. They also have high heat conductivity and are abrasive resistant which means they stand up well to numerous washings - the more they are washed, the softer they become. And unlike many popular micro fibers on the market, the shedding of the fibers during the washing process does not build up and harm the environment.

 

Art Every Day Wrap Up

My Art Every Day 2015 project has come to an end and in this first little while of being off the hook, I realize how much I miss and really need the daily practice in my life. This is the second year completing the project (first was 2013) and I was amazed how much easier it went this time around. And now I find myself craving the daily ritual.

While I will do my best to continue doing daily paintings, my focus for 2016 will be for building the clothing line. This project engages all parts of myself including the painter, but also the salesman, coordinator, manager, planner, and collaborator - I see it all as one big art project.

SAVE THE DATE

At Studio e in Georgetown Seattle: 609 S Brandon St, Seattle, WA 98108

At Studio e in Georgetown Seattle: 609 S Brandon St, Seattle, WA 98108

Featuring 20+ Seattle-based independent designers, makers, and artists. A gallery show and holiday market featuring locally made gifts, art works, home goods, jewelry, accessories, and more.

Join us for a market party on Saturday, Dec. 12th from 6-10:00pm to celebrate the holiday season, meet the makers, and shop local!

Market will be open:
Saturday Dec. 12th 11:00-7:00pm
Sunday Dec. 13th 11:00-7:00pm
PARTY Dec. 12th 6:00-10:00pm

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/866150993482602/

Jessalin Beutler S/S 2016

We are excited to announce that look books and line sheets are now available for our first collection. Now accepting appointments, inquires and orders for the Spring/Summer 2016 buying season. Please email wholesale@jessalinbeutler.com to get your copy and preview the collection.

Photography: Megumi Shauna Arai; Model: AnJelika Frye; Hair/Make Up: Brittany Mroczek

Photography: Megumi Shauna Arai; Model: AnJelika Frye; Hair/Make Up: Brittany Mroczek

The JESSALIN BEUTLER line represents the collaborative efforts of painter, Jessalin Beutler and designer pattern maker Jonas de Varona.

We are a modern womens wear line with an emphasis on comfort, durability and the simplicity of natural beauty. Bringing together favorite fabrics and construction details our selection includes organic cotton, hemp, linen and recycled blends. Focused on creating what we want to see in the world through in house manufacturing and sustainable business practices, we offer a range of versatile silhouettes that are intended as blank canvases for everyday life.

Art Every Day 2015 Week 23

Art Every Day 2015 Week 22

Art Every Day 2015 Week 21