Shearling @ Crafts at Lyndhurst

The rain will end, and weekend forecast is perfect for strolling the grounds of the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown for

Spring Crafts Lyndhurst

I am packing for the weekend for temperatures that will range from 44-78 degrees!

Sometimes a jacket that looks like leather, but is a light merino shearling on the inside, fills the bill when you don’t want to look too wintery, but you still feel chilly.  Here is one of our new designs I will be bringing.

_DSC0007

Also some items priced for SPRING SALE !

Crafts at Lyndhurst

This weekend! On the Grounds of the beautiful Lyndhurst Estate, Tarrytown, NY

TAKE TWO MINUTES TO WATCH A PREVIEW OF THE SHOW, & MOI AT MINUTE 1:50!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpXZI_jeYR8

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 10.44.09 AM

April 1=Show Applications Deadline

Many of you see us again and again at the same shows, and may think its a given that we will be there, but that is far from how it works, or how lucky we could be. Every year we create new work that we must photograph and submit with an application and jury fee to be judged once again, and either accepted or rejected from shows………I guess its like your boss reviewing how you are doing on the job, but in our case even if we are doing consistently better work, we may not be able to keep the “job” next year as we have a handful of “bosses”, or jurors, that constantly change, in an effort to keep a show “fresh” with new sets of eyes picking the work.

As you can imagine, this has its ups and downs. Are all jurors knowledgeable in all media, and able to objectively select good work? Are they able to determine from an image on a computer screen what the actual piece of glass, wood, jewelry or wearable item is?

We have often thought that jurors should walk the show “live” with their ballots to rethink their scores as to what they actually see, and be able to make comments. Inconsistencies could be recorded in a national juror database to make artists more accountable to exhibit work consistent with their images, not camouflaged by fancy photos, and to weed out derivative work.

We jury into the Leather Wearable category.

We happen to take our own images, because we can.

We shoot on a mannequin, rather than a model, to keep the focus on our work, on the details we stitch, which sets us apart from mass produced items.

Models are expensive, and really, with a great model, what are the jurors eyes focused on?

What do you think? For the jury process, use of models, a distraction?

4 applications done, about 3 more to do! Wish us luck!

IMG_6349

Baltimore Wrap

ACC Baltimore is a big show.

Over the years we have many repeat customers who come thru, and it is always fun for them to dress the part, wearing some of their favorite acquisitions as they browse

for the latest item that makes their heart pound. We have been lucky to see & hear of our work passing thru, and it does not go unnoticed!

This year we had two come by wearing one of a kind pieces from our days of quilting Leather.

Both loved and well worn, no one could remember if it was 10, 15 or 20 years ago?  And still enjoying them!

Do you have a “Vintage” piece of ours?

Send a pic, or wear it to the next show, and I will take one!

IMG_6051

John wore a vest he commissioned, and Melissa had on a vest and a jacket! Thanks for stopping by!

IMG_6087

IMG_6090

Happy Valentine’s?

Didn’t pan out like you had hoped?

GIVE A “YOU OWE ME!” SUGGESTION TO VISIT BOOTH 2308 TOGETHER AT

ACC BALTIMORE!

INCENTIVE – I HAVE 5 COMPLIMENTARY PASSES TO GIVE OUT

TO THE FIRST 5 TO FOLLOW MY BLOG AND CONTACT ME,

OR

PURCHASE  YOUR OWN 50% OFF ADMISSION!

Toshiki & Maryszka Shearlings

Toshiki & Maryszka Shearlings

Blue is for Baltimore

Winter is…………………………….shoveling snow

  dealing with things like the polar vortex,

bundling up, scarves, boots, double hat days…….

slush     slush     slush

feeling frumpy most of the time

Need a refresher?

We have been hunkering down in the studio, working on B L U E  shearling for ACC Baltimore

Come see us, in Booth 2308

Feb. 21-23
Baltimore Convention Center
It’s a three-day celebration of all things handmade! Please join us as more than 650 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country gather under one roof. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft like you’ve never seen before! This is the American Craft Council’s flagship show – a must-attend for craft lovers.

_DSC0178

FOLLOW OUR BLOG, LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

for designs news, show news, show admission coupons

and inspiration!

see button on right column

Happy New Year!

This picture I took at the Post Office on 34th St. saturday has nothing to do with anything but COLD, and that is our inspiration.

I love the cold (when I am dressed for it)

2˚ saturday, 57˚ today

Shockingly cold forecast for tonight.

If you didn’t pop for that shearling at a show this fall, we are working on new designs and colors to kick off the season at ACC Baltimore

Can’t wait till then?

Give us a call.  212.475.8324 or email m@veryspecialjackets.com

IMG_5595