Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Hi! Pictured here is a LifeJacket I made using chiffonsilk scarves that I hand dyed. There's a strip from a vintage curtain, a bit of store-bought lace. The binding is vintage silk taffeta ($250)
Remember that if you'd like to make your own LifeWear let me know!
I will teach you how in a 5 hour class for $60/person. All you need is fabric and a sewing machine.
You could also have me make a piece of LifeWear specifically for you!
If you supply me with fabric the price is discounted.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Pictured above is Diane Wright on the left wearing the insulated coat I made using her own Bark Cloth. Yes, that's me on the right wearing my own coat of Bark Cloth.
This is Christina Blais in her studio at The Nest Arts Factory. She is modeling my latest buttoned jacket which is all pieced cotton.Yummy I like it myself!
Please call or write with any questions you may have!!!!!Or, to say hi!
Thanks for listening, Karen Loprete
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Here's a LifeVest I made using all sorts of vintage and some new fabrics. Yes,there's silk that I hand-dyed along with curtain fabric from the 50s (top of sleeve)
This vest is also lined
This one was made by using my hand-dyed chiffon silk scarves and a treasure of a scarf that I found in my Mom's dresser draw! The vest edges are binded with pink silk taffetta
Any questions? write to me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thankyou! I'll be baaaack!
Friday, June 17, 2016
Hi! This is a photo of Phyllis Small Fiber Artist wearing her Life Vest that she masterly made at my class...well actually, my class is 5 hours, which has proven to give us enough time to make the lining (so the student knows now how to construct the entire vest) also time to get started on the top. If a student wants to come back for a second class to finish, great!...if not I will give some instruction via email as to how to finish up your unique and versatile fashion art piece! If you're interested in learning how to make a Life Vest please let me know at email@example.com
This is Bev Hughes who also took my class, wearing her creation. Bev and Phyllis used all commercial cottons.
Thankyou for sending photos,ladies!!! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hi! I made this vest for jewelry designer Kristen Merrill at the Nest Arts Factory in Bridgeport.
The vest is made from chiffon scarves that I dyed with a paint brush,also commercial fabrics.
Kristen said she feels like an angel wearing it!
Friday, June 10, 2016
Behind me are three of my latest pieces and two "oldies"As usual I use a mix of vintage and new fabrics to create my work. Suzanne Kachmar (owner) says I am the Peter Max of fiber art. I see her point.
Anyway, I am wearing one of my new line of "Life Vests" It is made from a vintage silk scarf and other silky fabrics
To the left of me is a rack with some on view and for SALE!
I plan on talking more about these...thanks for indulging me