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10% off at Enjolive through 12/2/10

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Farley

My mission is simple - to dot the dreary winter landscape with color.  Seriously.  Have you ever noticed how the city of Chicago seems to turn grey every winter?  Grey buildings, grey slush, grey coats.  I think the Swedes have it right.  They brighten their short winter days with lots and lots of color.

© 2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Paris2

To help complete my mission, I have placed all goods on sale at my online shop Enjolive through Thursday, December 2.

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Sage2
To receive your 10% discount, just type in the promotion code ILOVECOLOR (all one word) when checking out.  It's that simple. 

garden inspiration

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses." -- Hanna Rion

The garden has long been a source of my inspiration.  There is the act of gardening which helps to clear the mind while exercising the body after hours working in the studio.  And then there are its many forms and colors.  I often reference it in my hats, such as this beanie called Lee.

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Lee Beanie

My Visions of Paradise series was all about the garden which you can see in this piece from 1988 called The Enchanted Forest.

The Enchanted Forest
These days its wild flowers that inspire my work such this sunflower from my latest series A Glass Prairie.  

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Sunflower photo by Larry Sanders

Of course, every gardener must have a helper.  Mine is a dog.  She digs holes for me, "trims" plants by tearing off leaves and supervises from my lap as I pull weeds.  Josie's shenanigans frequently force me to get on her level and take a closer look.  Here she's sitting in the herb garden among the lavender and boxwoods.  I had to keep shooing her off the thyme which she decided made a most comfy cushion.


Streeterville Artisan Market 2010

The Streeterville Artisan Market is this weekend, opening at 4 this afternoon.  Check out the Magnificent Mile Parade of Lights on Saturday and then walk over to complete some holiday shopping.  I'll be there with my Enjolive line of whimsical knit accessories and herbal sachets (based on my Gam's recipes).  I will also have a few works from my Visions of Paradise and Chirurgi series available for purchase.  

Purple FieldPurple Field, 1991, bead embroidery, 16" x 9.75", photo credit: John Phelan

Purple Field is one of my earlier works.  It's based on the famed fields of lavender in southern France.  The piece has been on exhibition throughout the United States and Colombia and has been featured in both Fiberarts and American Craft

Hope to see you!

DIY Trunk Show 2010

As a member of the Chicago Craft Mafia, I am pleased to announce that the 2010 DIY Trunk Show will be happening this Saturday at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (near the intersection of Division / Milwaukee / Ashland) from 10-5.  I'll be there with many new hats, purses, and herbal sachets.  Be one of the first 100 shoppers at the show and receive a FREE goodie bag as you enter.  See you there!

attaching the hats - The Red Thread Project® Waubonsee

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Anni

While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.  ~Lady Bird Johnson

Mark your calendars!  December 1, 2010 at 10am The Red Thread Project® will be at Waubonsee Community College for the Parade of Hats.  Imagine yourself physically connected to your neighbor by a 3 foot / 1 meter length of red "thread."  Now imagine yourself with 200 people all connected.  That's right.  Sound silly?  Of course!  That's partly the point.  It's about celebrating community, being with neighbors near and far, having fun together.

Yesterday I was at the college preparing for the parade by attaching hats. There was a crew of volunteers, including Anni Holm who is featured in the above photo modeling one the two hats she made and donated.  Isn't it cute!  Anni is the Art Coordinator at the college.  Several interns working with her joined us as did students from around the college.  

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Students at Waubonsee Community College

In 6 hours we had all the hats attached, shared numerous stories and had many laughs.  We were quite the spectacle featured in the student center with our piles of hats, "thread' and yarn.   Students and faculty alike were curious and supportive.  It was great to have so many stop by to say hello, learn more, and ask how they could get involved.  

'tis the season

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Beret Blocked
"The web of our lives is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together."  -- William Shakespeare

I just finished blocking several of the berets I made for the upcoming holiday craft fairs.  I love them! Warm, cheerful, full of color.  A bright note to dull winter days.  They are my antidote to the dark and drab winters of Chicago. 

You can find them and more berets and beanies at these upcoming holiday markets:

November 7th, 10-3, Emanuel Congregation Holiday Market, 5959 Sheridan Rd., Chicago (Rogers Park neighborhood).
November 19, 20, 21,  Friday 4-7, Saturday, 10-3, Sunday 11-5, Steerterville Artisan Market,  Northwestern University Lurie Research Center, 303 E. Superior St., Chicago (Streeterville neighborhood, near the Museum of Contemporary Art). 
November 20, 10-5, DIY Trunk Show, Pulaski Park Auditorium, 1419 Blackhawk, Chicago (Wicker Park neighborhood).
November 26 - December 24, Su/M 12-5, T/W/Sa 10-6, Th 10-7, Fri 10-8, Christmas Eve 10-2, Out of the Box Artists' Holiday Gift Boutique, 7423 W. Madison, Forest Park, IL. (I'll personally be at the boutique Fridays 12/10 and 12/17.)
In addition to my collection of beanies and berets, I'll have a small collection of knit purses and moth repellant herbal sachets in 4 wonderful scents - cedar shavings,  rosemary / peppermint, lavender / thyme / rosemary and clove / lemon peel / black pepper.