Friday, April 27, 2012

reinvention: behind the scenes #1

Welcome to my new series:  "a behind the scenes" peek into the writing and creating of my new book reinvention-sewing with rescued materials. I always love hearing the back story or gaining insight into someone's process. I thought you might too, so I documented bits and pieces over the past year and am so happy that I can finally share it with you. You know I'm patient, but this was a long wait!
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It was just one year ago, in April, that the first of three photo shoots took place. The spring session was done entirely at my mother's barn. I love being behind the lens, but I still have so much to learn. I wasn't up for being the designer, stylist and photographer for my first book.  And although I shot the cover and opening image (yay!), I knew I would need to seek help for the rest. In order to create the images that I wanted, I called upon my sister in law, a professional from down in NYC, Deborah Donenfeld. She's been snapping pictures of  my children since birth, so I was intimately aware of how she sees the world through her lens... how she tells stories with her photographs.  I just knew that she'd be able to do that for each project in reinvention.
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Deborah's ability to chase light and evoke emotions with her play on shadows is just what I hoped would help capture images with soul and sensitivity. Stitching with found and rescued materials deserves to be honored that way. So she would take this...
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and turn it into this... the opening to the burlap chapter. I believe a humble stack of coffee sacks has never looked so soulful, nor inviting. Makes me want to run and get my needle and thread!
burlap chapter
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  1. I love the idea of "behind the scene" i always wonder how people get to the end result!!

    love K

    oh, and im so excite to see your book!

  2. Ooh, I am just soaking this up. Thanks for sharing your behind the scenes! I'm definitely looking forward to more of these posts. :)

    And congratulations on your book! It looks beautiful.

  3. This looks to be a very interesting series. I look forward to it.

    Thank you so much for sharing the process with us.

  4. This is so cool. I love the behind the scenes idea. And how amazing that you have someone in the family that you can call on to take photos!

  5. I bought the book yesterday and love it! I am making myself slow down and savor it as opposed to gobbling it up like I want to! The binding is fabulous, love how it stays flat when open. It is so gentle, warm and inviting, just like your blog. Great work!

  6. Oh I'm SO going to enjoy seeing the behind the scenes! Even as a child I've always enjoyed seeing how things are done and making a book is something that I've never witnessed! Thanks for sharing this with us!
    ~ joey ~

  7. How great you have a talented photographer right in the family! Thanks for the behind-the-scenes peek!

  8. So fascinating to see the shot that comes out of the scene. Thanks for sharing and many congratulations on the book. What an achievement! Can't wait to get my copy.