Red Star

In the winter a bit of red is nice. A red berry or a red bird can warm the landscape. So I designed a red scarf.

I started by looking at red fabrics in one of my favorite books: Russian Textiles by Susan Meller.

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I noticed that the reds were made more beautiful by the colors around them- by more reds, and by contrasting colors. Here is a small feast of some of the Russian textiles that inspired me. Most of them are from the 19th century. They are either block printed or roller printed on cotton.

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I got out every tube of red gouache that I own and painted the basic building block of my scarf: a red star. The half circle and quarter circle on the edges flip to create whole flowers. I wanted joyful colors.

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I painted a border to use on the ends of the scarf with a different red background.

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I kept a record of all of the colors that I used: one sample sheet for myself, and one for the printer.

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Then, with photoshop, I made a design for a long scarf using that basic red star as a building block, flipping and repeating it. It looked too busy with the border panel, so I ditched that. Using the existing art I created a simpler star pattern for the ends, and added a red-orange border all around. Here are some of the steps, and then the final design.

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Linda Teufel of Dragon Threads had it printed in China. The scarf is 20″ x 70″ long on a beautiful, matte silk crepe de chine, with a hand rolled hem. The red saturates through both sides of the scarf. Allow me to model it for you, please.

It is a limited edition. You can buy one here at juliepaprika.com for $48. I’ll also be selling them (and books and prints) at the Ravenna Holiday Art & Craft Sale at the Ravenna Neighborhood Center, December 3rd from 10-3 (6535 Ravenna Ave. NE). Please come by!

I will leave you with a poem and picture that I wrote/drew about the color red. This is a page from a picture book that I am working on now.

Paschkis Red Poem

Oh, Mama

This is a story of many hands.


In May of 2015 I had a show at the  Bitters Co barn in Mt.Vernon, WA. I wrote here about  the barn sized quilt that I made for it: Mr. Big.
Here is a picture of Mr. Big in his new home, where he can stretch his legs over two stories.
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This year I wanted to make another big quilt, so Oh Mama was born.
Oh Mama is made of cotton quilting  fabric that I designed over the years for In The Beginning Fabrics. I designed the quilt and cut out the pieces at home. Then I went to Coyote Central and laid it out on the floor. I came home and sewed it together, and then sewed many pieces together for the back. It was too big to spread out in the house so I spread it out on the street.
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Now to sew the front and back together! I put out a request for help, and  the following kind and wonderful women stepped up:  Betz Bernhard, Margaret Bovingdon, Nancy Harriss, Eileen Hynes, Karen Kosoglad, Christina Reed, Liza von Rosenstiel, Marybeth Satterlee, Joanne Segura, and Lana Sundberg. Nancy took pictures as we worked (at Coyote Central).
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In just a few hours we had tacked it together. I did not include quilt batting because I wanted it to be able  to withstand some weather.
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I took the quilt up to the Bitters Co. barn where it was welcomed by the fabulous Carson sisters, Katie and Amy.
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Installation involved long poles.
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Oh Mama likes to look out at the fields of Mt. Vernon, her new home.
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Oh Mama was part of a show that I had at the Bitters Co.barn this year. I did the work for the show (paintings, drawings, quilts and paper dolls) over the last year and a half. Just before the show I broke my wrist and elbow. The show was still able to go up thanks to Katie and Amy and to my good friends Margaret Chodos-Irvine and Julan Chu.
I think Oh Mama is saying OH my friends are wonderful.

Read on if you would like to e-visit the show at the barn.
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The pictures start with the set up and end with the work in place.
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Thanks for visiting.

Folly Cove and Vida Design

Virginia Lee Burton was an artist who lived from August 30,1909 – October 15, 1968. She and I share a birthday!burton-550Burton was widely known for her children’s books which include Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Katy and the Big SnowThe Little House,  and Calico the Wonder HorseUnknown-2
I am writing about her on this blog because she also designed fabric. She taught block printing to a group of artists in Cape Ann and they formed a group called The Folly Cove Designers. They made fabric, and they also built a community. They would have big parties and dance on the tables.
eino natti143On a recent trip to Gloucester, Massachusetts I saw an exhibit about the Folly Cove Designers at the Cape Anne Museum. Here is a photo of the room there:
Cape Anne MuseumAnd here are some of the textiles that were on exhibit.
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Virginia Lee Burton inspires me because she jumped into life with both feet, and did what she loved. She didn’t seem to care about categories. There is a wonderful video about her called A Sense of Place.
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When I flew home I got an email from a company called Vida Design Studio, based in San Francisco. Vida connects designers from all around the world, printing items on demand (clothing and scarves). The producers are paid decent money, the artists get a percentage and a portion of the profit goes to literacy programs. So they are making fabric, and they are building community. A digital age Folly- I’m in!  I designed some shirts for the Vida Design Site, using the name Julie Paprika. Here are the shirts.
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And I designed some men’s pocket squares – cotton scarves.
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You can see these things at Vida Design. The link is to my work. You can also see zillions of other designs on their site. If you are interested in becoming a Vida Designer you can click here. Vida is having a summer sale until August 28th: discount codes are on my page.

I’m jumping in to this new project. Now I would like an international VIDA party with dancing on the tables!

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Betz B. Beauties

If you are in the Seattle area you might be familiar with the mosaic work of Betz Bernhard at Seatac Airport, or her gila monster at the zoo. Or maybe you have seen Betz’s button necklaces, prints or collages. Those are all wonderful, but today I am writing about her newest adventures, made with fabric. Betz Bernhard Collage with Purple Circle

Betz is an exuberant and generous person. Her personality is evident in these new textiles.

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I like that she has left the edges rough and included bits of selvage.

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The pieces are mostly silk. She balances the found patterns with straight shots of color and cut shapes.

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The irregularities make the pieces lively.Betz Bernhard Collage with Black and White Stream

The colors make them joyful.Betz Bernhard collage with beaded Rose

Some of the pieces are completely abstract but many have references to objects, such as this big red pot and flower.

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a tea cup –

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a red bowl  with a blue plant .

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The size of the quilts range from as small as 12″ square up to three or four feet.

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I asked Betz if she wanted to write a few words about her work. She sent this image that has a few words embroidered on it.

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Betz stitches that she wants a life without fear (and with friends, family and chocolate). These collage/quilts feel free and adventurous to me so maybe creation is an antidote to fear. They feel  almost musical  – I hope that you enjoy seeing them and listening to their syncopated rhythms.  Betz Bernhard collage with red arrows

Hello Yellow!

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I’ve just designed a new scarf called Sun Swoon for Dragon Threads. This is my second scarf for them (thank you everyone who got Summer Birds). The new scarf is YELLOW!
I painted it in two sections:yellow scarf panorama copy
And then flipped each part around to make a center and a border.
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Paschkis scarf borderThen I put it all together to create the scarf (taking out the faces after consulting with some friends and family).
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The scarf is 70% cotton and 30% silk. It is sheer and floaty, with machine hemmed edges. It is 35″ square. The color is saturated on the front and back.
It feels good to sit in the sun and to feel warmth on your skin. But some days aren’t sunny! On those days you can wear this scarf and take a little bit of summer with you wherever you go. It’s a yellow hello. Here is the scarf around my neck:
Paschkis scarfand on a mannequin (which is sitting on embroidery from Uzbekistan):paschkis scarfOn the days when you don’t wear the scarf, your furniture can wear it.paschkis scarf on table

If you would like to buy a scarf, they are available now at Julie Paprika for $42. Click here. THANK YOU!!!!

Moldova and Romania

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Last night I got back from a trip to Eastern Europe. Grab a pillow and get comfortable: I will show you some of the fabrics that I saw in Moldova and Romania. There was pattern everywhere. There were woven rugs on the walls and on the floor.IMG_1951IMG_2401IMG_2745IMG_2600And there were stripes.IMG_2085
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These rag rugs were all on the floor in one room, making an impromptu quilt.
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Clothing in a market stall:

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This woman was selling her knitting at the market and her dress was historical.
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There were lots of women dressed in more everyday scarves and patterns.IMG_2765IMG_2764
Textiles are part of homes and restaurants.
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And there are glorious textiles in the churches.IMG_2074
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Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo is a new show at the Seattle Art Museum in Volunteer Park. If you are in Seattle you should step away from our amazing sunshine and go see it. If you are not in Seattle, I will bring it to you with some photos here. I am too lazy to enter the captions – I am just giving you an indigo feast for your eyes – some true blue.IMG_1303 IMG_1304 IMG_1305 IMG_1343IMG_1340IMG_1344

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I hope you enjoyed swimming through the indigo sea.

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