All within less than two weeks…

On December 1, I’m moving into a studio space in the VERY cool Carter Building on Glenwood South in Raleigh.  I will be sharing the space with a marvelous painter, Julie Cardillo.   The specific address is 22 Glenwood Avenue, Studio 11C.

We will even have our own door right off of Glenwood Avenue!!  So, you can’t get lost inside the building (which is super packed full of fantastic artists, including Zass Design, Lucky Accessories, and Metamorphosis Metals.

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So, the following weekend is a HUGE final push for me before the end of the year!!  I will be celebrating my first FIRST FRIDAY in our studio on December 6.  More details when we iron those out, asap…

Then on December 7, I will be at the wonderful Elf Fair at the Artscenter in Carrboro!!!  Last year was the first time I’ve participated in it, and I had a really awesome time!!  Carrboro is always a great and creative town to poke around in, anyway!!

OK… Then finally, on December 8, I will be in Raleigh for the 21st Annual Boylan Heights Artwalk!!  I will be on the porch at 410 S. Boylan Street!!  My porch-mate for the day will be Janet Harriman of Harriman Jewelry.  Her work looks wonderful.  I am looking forward to meeting her!

Yes.  That is going to be QUITE the weekend!!!  I’m looking forward to new project ideas and expanding to having my work in other cities.

2014 is going to be EVEN better than 2013 has been!!  That’s saying a lot!!


Kim

Durham Art Walk THIS Saturday and Sunday!!

I’m scrambling to make some new pieces for this weekend!!  Most of my inventory is in the Pop Shop at North Hills, which is still open through Sunday!!
Saturday 1-5 and Sunday 1-5, I’ll be in the Durham Arts Council for the Durham Art Walk!!  This is the first time I am participating, and hope it is as exciting as I’m thinking it will be!!
Look for me in the Adaron Hall Room in the Durham Arts Council building.

The address is
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

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People wearing my work…

 

 

A very successful, fun, and exhausting weekend!!

Last weekend was a busy SATURDAY.  I crammed two big events into one day.  I’m not sure how I did that… being motivated to help out a good cause sure motivates!  I sure felt it the next day.  Some kind of an adrenaline hangover if that’s possible.

First was The Handmade Market.  Definitely one of the very best I’ve been part of.  I think that everyone that attended was extra excited to see so many fabulous artists!!  There were a lot of cool vendors.  A new one, The Zen Succulent, was set up next to my spot.  Margaret and Megan had the coolest air plants, Japanese moss balls, and aqua terrariums!!!!  The Japanese moss balls they had were so perfect and round, and were 5 and 25 years old…  and they let me hold one!  Very cool stuff!!

The day had yummy coffee, food, and the best 60’s and 70’s R&B!!  You’d look around, and both vendors and customers were grooving, dancing to the music all day!  Such a great vibe.  The Handmaidens really know how to put on a fantastic event.  It’s a gorgeous space, they prepare things so perfectly for the vendors, had the BEST poster for any show ever, the best people volunteered, and there’s just so much mutual appreciation and love for other artists and vendors.  Not a jealous or negative bone in the building!!

So, that was from 10-5.  Right after I packed up, with the help of my dear boyfriend, I walked across Moore Square to Marbles Kids Museum for Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause.
I had created two garments to be auctioned off with Hospice of Wake County as my inspiration, to bring attention to that non-profit, and raise money for Activate Good.  One was a Ready-to-Wear jacket.  The other was an Art-to-Wear piece.  My RTW jacket brought in the highest bid of the category!!!!  My ATW piece was a longer jacket with a luna moth designed into it.  That one went for the second highest bid of that category!!  I am so excited!!  It was such a rush… so exhilarating!!  What a feeling to inspire people to give to a nonprofit I feel so strongly about!!!  My model, Marissa Magnusson, was incredible, energetic, and a total love!!!  I hope we work together again!!!!

There were some other gorgeous pieces there!  Ford Bowden & Kim Ring and Claudia Corletto did some beeee-eautiful work!!  My particular favorite was by my friend Margo of Rocket Betty designs.  She was designing for The Art of Cool.  She stitched actual paper sheet music into the bottom of the dress and at the shoulders, and even stitched about 680 crystal rhinestones in by hand!!!!  She’s pretty amazing.  She kind of saved my butt, too, for the show.  Since my first piece was a waist-length jacket, and whomever was bidding on it was to expect to go home with the WHOLE OUTFIT…. Margo created a super chic black shift dress to wear underneath!!!  It was stunning.  I never could have pulled that off as well nor as quickly as she did.  I definitely feel she’s in part responsible for the great bid on my Ready to Wear look.

I have some wonderful friends.  I heard the girls from Redress Raleigh and Carrie Reuben cheering in the audience.  And one of Margo’s friends, Lori, was there, too, and she’s been very sweet and supportive and I consider her a lovely new friend.

There is a lot of encouragement and there are positive people around me.  Every day, I am aware how lucky I am.   Thank you, readers, too!!!!

XOXO

Pre-show photos by Raleigh Static Jason Rizzo

The last photo is Margo with her Art to Wear dress on her model Shelby.

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Clothes with Heart

A very lovely blog by friend and Redress Raleigh member, Carrie.

Green Thread

Fashion season doesn’t wrap in Raleigh until one special show comes to town. Couture for a Cause is an annual event that matches local designers with local non-profits to create garments that represent the organizations’ missions. It’s a unique show that highlights hometown talent, a few worthy causes, and it’s happening tonight.

One of the biggest reasons I like this event is because it’s about more than leggy models and expensive couture. Many of the designers have personal reasons for supporting the organizations they choose, and they’re using their talents to give back. This week, I spoke with Kim Kirchstein of Leopold Designs who will have two pieces in the show supporting Hospice of Wake County.

Kim grew up in a home with physically handicapped parents — her mother with Polio, her dad with MS — and while it was tough when she lost both of them to their…

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The Handmade Market and Couture for a Cause!!!! BE THERE!! (…please!!)

…reposting because it’s going to be a big weekend!!!

Leopold Designs

Hey!!!
November 9 is going to be a very busy day… and I really hope you join me for all of it!!  At least tell some friends about what’s going on!
First off, The Handmade Market, my favoritemarket of all time….  The quality and quantity of amazing work they select each Market is exquisite, and I sincerely think this one TOPS them all!!  There will also be some amazing food, and several raffles to raise money for Hospice of Wake County!!
Who are the artists?  HERE ya go!!!! 
Come to Cobblestone Hall at City Market from 11-5… or if you want to get the best selection, be an Early Bird shopper from 10-11!!
CLICK for the event information
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Then, THAT NIGHT…. Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause at Marbles Kids Museum.  Doors open at 7 pm, and the event is 8-11.
I’ve created two gorgeous (if I do…

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The Handmade Market and Couture for a Cause!!!! BE THERE!! (…please!!)

Hey!!!
November 9 is going to be a very busy day… and I really hope you join me for all of it!!  At least tell some friends about what’s going on!
First off, The Handmade Market, my favorite market of all time….  The quality and quantity of amazing work they select each Market is exquisite, and I sincerely think this one TOPS them all!!  There will also be some amazing food, and several raffles to raise money for Hospice of Wake County!!
Who are the artists?  HERE ya go!!!! 
Come to Cobblestone Hall at City Market from 11-5… or if you want to get the best selection, be an Early Bird shopper from 10-11!!
CLICK for the event information
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Then, THAT NIGHT…. Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause at Marbles Kids Museum.  Doors open at 7 pm, and the event is 8-11.
I’ve created two gorgeous (if I do say so, myself!!) garments inspired by Hospice of Wake County.  (ah, you see a trend here with me? Yes, I have special personal reasons to support them.)  You’ll be able to bid on those and many other wonderful creations.  All money goes to charity!  All designers such as myself have donated their time and energy and created garments to raise money for Activate Good and its nonprofit partners.  Our designs will also be judged!!  And WHO is one of the judges this year???? Justin LeBlanc from this season’s Project Runway!!  I’m thrilled about this.
There are also a LOT of pretty impressive things up for silent online auction, which has started already…. Get in on that, too!!!

So, make a whole afternoon/night of it.  The two events are just across Moore Square from each other…. How about grabbing a coffee at Benelux while you wait for the doors to open!  There will also be yummy hors d’oeuvres by Posh Nosh Catering and a cash bar at the event!

Here is the designer info on me.  http://activategood.org/coutureforacause/2013/10/kim-kirchstein-and-hospice/

All the designers’ info:  http://activategood.org/coutureforacause/designers/

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