Where Did The Summer Go?

by Mary Boalt

Like most of you, its been a jam packed summer. After running in the Wharf to Wharf race, I hit the studio full time getting ready for the Zephry Retreat. Many canvasses got painted. Some new techniques and products were tried. Sliced pool noodles have now become one of my favorite stamping tools. And adding foils really adds some sparkle and glam. A few canvasses were cut up to make those lightweight grunge bags so great for iPads, etc.

This blog is loaded with pictures so enjoy!


All the packets and boxes of supplies were packed up and ready for my students. Fifty plus stencils and silk screens were all hanging from racks for easy browsing. When we arrived, my sister Patty, to whom I will now affectionately refer to as Cinderella, and I rolled plastic sheeting along the carpeted floor and we draped all the tables with plastic tablecloths and freezer paper. Bottles of paint and rows of stamps and tools were layed out for easy access.image

Cinderella hard at work setting up.imageimage

Cinderella and I washing stencils, stamps and silk screens. Aprons: if you can’t see them from space, what’s the point?

Each student had their own table with plenty of space to paint and sew. And paint they did! They were an awesome bunch of women with vision and determination. Here’s some of their work. I was so proud of them. There wasn’t an ugly canvas among them.imageThis is Kari masking off an area to paint.


imageBarb, pleased with the start of her first canvas.


imageLynda contemplating layout and color.


imageCarolyn creating an art journal look to her canvas.


imageSandra prepping her canvas with painters tape and bright gold Lumiere paint.


imageJanet carefully stencilling spills. Is that some sort of oxymoron?


imageTrish stencilling mass polka dots. If one is good, many many more must be better!


And then we set up our room for an open house for the rest of the Zephyr students. We had our wonderful wall of fame.imageI love that Rosemary hid her name in hers.



imageWhat great graffiti cloth these make. They’ll be great as bags.

It was fun to watch the transformation as they added details to their work.imageimageimageimage

After painting on canvas for a day and a half, we moved on to painting on steam-a-seam. They quickly knocked this out and began beading their little triangle zippered bags. They were so cute!! They look like little pieces of jewelry.imageimageEven Cinderella had time to learn to bead for her first time.


imageAnd Trish is literally beaming, headlamp and all, over her finished bag!

This last Saturday was spent at Canada College in Redwood City where the fashion department puts on a great show. The morning starts out with a fashion show styled from beautiful clothes, scarves, jewelry and purses the vendors are selling. A great preview to your shopping day.image image imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

These are some of the best and most talented artists from the Bay Area. I wanted to take pictures of their booths but that is frowned upon. There is plenty of time to shop and the afternoon included a talk by the owner of  Britex. This was followed by a question and answer session from the audience. Since we were all gathered and sitting in the classroom, we had the opportunity to walk around and see the students work.

Patty and I were able to catch up with a few sewing buddies while we were there. This is Shams (on the left). She writes the best blogs, has mad sewing skills and has more pictures of the event at http://www.communingwithfabric.blogspot.com. Visit her blog to see what I wore and carried. Because she knows EVERYONE, she has more pictures of the vendors.image

Don’t you love her necklace? It’s made from recycled optical lenses. She had just purchased it from one of her favorite vendors. Plastic and lightweight. Patty is wearing a jumper/tunic/dress from a Marcy Tilton Vogue pattern.

This is one of our favorite booths to visit. Patty bought two garments from her.


This darling little jacket has a double collar and gathered pockets. Clever ways to include the currently popular plaid fabric. I’m sorry I made her stand in the sun.


This is little knit topper has raw edges at the neck and hem.


I hope you can make plans to attend next year. It’s a very inspiring event where you can wear your wearable art proudly and fit right in with your tribe.


After a day at the Artistry in Fashion Showcase, we were so inspired we hit the fabric stores. Fabrix in San Francisco, Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley and Discount Fabrics in South San Francisco. As evidenced by the following picture, we only go to the classiest, most upscale fabric stores in the best neighborhoods.imageThis is where treasures are found.

May you all enjoy this beautiful transition into fall and be inspired to start, continue or finish up some projects.




2 thoughts on “Where Did The Summer Go?

  1. Mary, what an inspiring post! Your students’ work is a tribute to you as a teacher. Loved seeing what they did. And I’ve always wanted to go to the Canada College fashion bash. Just wondering what YOU wore that day.:-) I’m sure you garnered more than a few comments!

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