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Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying time off with family and friends, or simply savoring some me time.

With this season, I am happy to catch up on things which feed my soul. I challenge myself with baking and it warms my heart to share it with others. I also look forward to begin planning for my design goals for 2015.

I have had the pleasure of going to a gallery which always is a happy place for me. The Morrice, Lyman and Matisse exhibit at the McMichael Gallery was eye opening and an exploration of an interesting connection between these artists. This exhibition was organized by the Musee National des beaux-arts du Quebec with support of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Canada. I have been fortunate to visit these galleries and will enjoy them again when I have a chance.

It was fascinating to learn more about Matisse, an artist I do not know much history on. I love a good artist biography, but Matisse is an artist I have not had the chance to research before. We took the gallery tour and I was grateful to learn so much about the connections between the artists.

Matisse was privileged and it was so interesting to learn about the connection with the fabrics Matisse used for his staged painting sets. His family had been weavers for generations. It was interesting to learn about the friendship of Matisse and Morris and their personal journey individually and together. I now have a great appreciation for Lyman's work as well. Bold images with his obvious nod of appreciation for architecture.

I truly enjoyed this exhibit and if you have a chance take a trip to McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario to see this collection, go soon, as it ends on January 4, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 A new product has been added to my catalog. I have created fridge magnets with my photography. These will be added to the website very soon.

 




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Congratulations to Vincenza D. who won the contest for the $30 gift certificate!

Cheers!

Sharon


Photo: Sharon Dawn

Red Birds dish towel is a part of the Sharon Dawn home decor collection. Look forward to more cute items for your kitchen.

Happy Canada Day everyone!




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Contest for June

Jun 03 2011

Every purchase through my online boutique will be entered for a chance to win the contest for June. You have the chance to win a gift certificate for $30 for your next purchase on my online boutique. You also may enter the contest if you fill out a ballot at any events I attend.

 

Cheers!

Sharon


Photo: Sharon Dawn

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Louise L. is the winner of the contest for May. She wins a gift certificate for $40 towards her next purchase on my online boutique. Congratulations Louise!

Cheers!

Sharon

This photo was taken in High Park a few weeks back during the cherry blossom season.

 

Photo: Sharon Dawn

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Preparing for The Clothing Show was a whirlwind of pattern drafting, fabric shopping and putting together a selection of accessories for my booth. I created some new clutch purses, pouches and semi-precious gem stone bracelets. I also presented a small clothing collection which I have named Eclectic Bohemian Minimalism. I featured an eclectic collection of accessories with a bohemian feel and my clothing pieces were quite minimalist. 

 

 

Clutch with Vintage Car Print with Vintage Zip

I photographed this car while on vacation.


When I first started designing clothing I was heavy on detail. For this phase, I was more interested in minimalist pieces which set as a base for more eclectic accessories. As I continue to build on my drafted patterns, I will incorporate more detail for a variation of stylized garments. 

 

 

 

Clutch with Vintage Floral Fabric


This show was a challenge for me to start pattern drafting again and rebuild my block patterns within 2 weeks. My mission was to have a rack of garments to start off my new phase in clothing design. I am looking forward to my upcoming patterns that I will put together for future shows and events. 

 

 

Leopard Clutch

 

In a way, The Clothing Show was a motivation to get in touch with a part of my creative side that I had archived until the right moment. This was a perfect time to revisit my pattern drafting skills and add to the variety in my collection. As I build my collection, my designs are evolving as I prepare for each event.

 

 Sharon Dawn

 

 

I designed this dress for the local designer mannequin display at the front door entrance. 

 

 

 

This leopard dress is a simple style with a velvet cummerbund with zips at the sides. This piece is stylish and elegant with a hint of retro sophistication. It represents my fusion of design history, my love of vintage and costume. 

Most of my recent garments are a play with colour, minimalism and comfort. I like to mix various accessories to compliment basics.


 

This clutch is made with a beautiful textured fabric.

 

 

 

This pouch and clutch includes some of my hand knit fabrications.

 

 

 

This striped tunic top can be belted and worn with jeans. You may also wear this tunic as a dress. The scarf is cotton and the necklace is made with semi-precious gem stones.

 

 

Maelle 

 

 

I met many great vendors showcasing their wares. Above are designs by My Johansson-Ganjoo for her line called Maelle.

My was born in Sweden and she is currently living in Toronto designing dresses and skirts. Her designs are one-of-a-kind or limited edition. Her garments are made with vintage fabrics, buttons and customized bias tape.


Check out her website for more information and her online boutique.

Maelle

My also has a fascinating Blog named Creative Accomplishments featuring a fresh take on vintage and her journey with design.

Creative Accomplishments


Mrs. Huizenga 

 

 

Mrs. Huizenga featured a variety of vintage items from their boutiques on Roncesvalles and Keele Street.

Mrs. Huizenga

 

Judy Black 


 

Judy Black features a vibrant array of Clothing, Accessories and Home Decor.

 

  

 

 The Judy Black line includes whimsical designs and colours that pop.

Judy Black  



Paper Snake

 

 

Paper Snake Jewellery includes a variety of clever designs such as a variety of earrings, necklaces and bracelets made with silver, crystals and semi-precious gem stones.

 

 

 

Allison Wells sells her work at a variety of places including the culturally vibrant Kensington Market.

 Paper Snake

 

 

Morganna the White & The Postart Collective 

  

 

Morganna the White enjoys using recycled materials including buttons. She is part of the Postart Collective along with Michelle Potter. Morganna is from Ottawa and she enjoys creating recycled textile fashions and artwork.


 

 

 

 Morganna's work is very textured and colourful. She enjoys treasure hunting in antique stores and thift shops for buttons.

 

 

 

 

 

You can check out her blogspot at the below link.

Morganna the White

 

 

Atelier L.A.F. 

 

 It was really great meeting Laura Floyd at the show. Laura and her brother Andrew collaberate to make exquisite artisanal jewellery. They create in Montreal under the name Atelier L.A.F. 

 

Their collections include a unique variety of earrings and necklaces.

 

 

 

Atelier L.A.F. 

 

 

 

Alexandra Rae 

  

 

Alexandra Rae creates various leather accessories.

 

 

 

She also creates these detailed copper jewellery pieces.

If you are interested in viewing her work or purchasing an item at a variety of locations, you may contact her at her email.

flightlessfish@gmail.com

 

 Sweetie Box Studios

 

 

 Amy Smania designs unique one-of-a-kind couture jewellery. She has a rich history of making jewellery and being creative.


 

 

 She creates a variety of necklaces, earrings and bracelets which have loads of personality. Check out her site for a peak at her catalog and for more information.

Sweetie Box Studios


Retro G Couture

  

 

British Designer Georgie featured her very stylish and richly designed collection.

 

 

 

Her booth was filled to the brim with beautifully detailed designs for those who appreciate the play of fabric, contrast of details and dashing boldness.


 

 Her work is imaginative and is reminiscent of fairy tales, historical costume and rock'n roll legends.

 Retro G Couture

 Georgie has dressed celebrities such as Aerosmith's Steve Tyler, Colin & Justin, Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper & Margaret Trudeau.

 

Photos: Sharon Dawn

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It has been a busy couple of weeks pattern drafting and sewing. I now have some clothing designs available on my online boutique. I have various tops, skirts and a few other items which I have completed. There will be more designs added over the next few months as I build my collection. Clothing items available are either one-of-a-kind or limited edition. I buy fabrics in small quantities to keep the variety interesting.

When I first started designing clothing, my designs were costume based and quite detailed. Recently I have been working on some items which are casual basics and are more on the minimalist side. These basics are casual comfortable go to pieces to mix and match with separates and a wide range of accessories.



Cotton Raspberry Scoop Cowl Neck Top

 

 

 

  

Shawl Neck Vest




Black Scoop Cowl Neck


Red Cowl Tie Top


Photos: Sharon Dawn

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