December 17, 2010

readySET @ JSJ, modeled by Zu

Despite all 4 inches of the paralyzing snow, I took a lunch-time outing yesterday to the JohnSarahJohn pop-up shop with the esteemed mycologist + gastronome Ms. Zu P. In the photos that follow, Zu is modeling a set of cowls and scarves that I made especially for JSJ this holiday season, using bolts of deadstock vintage silk suit-lining fabric.

I also made a set of my woolen cowls for JSJ in colors inspired by men’s suiting and a trio of clutch purses, using a vintage indigo-dyed silk kimono and wool flannel in shades of camel, grey, and charcoal…they’re rather subdued on the outside and bright ORANGE on the inside.

The JohnSarahJohn pop-up holiday gift gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon-9pm, through December 24th.

422 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA / 434-989-2456

Also managed to pop in the mail yesterday, x-mas stockings for the nephews:

December 15, 2010

readySET @ the Bridge, modeled by Sonia

Took a little field trip to the Bridge this afternoon with the lovely Sonia B, on a mission to document… Behold the fruits of our labor!

Oh, and Sonia wants everyone to know that wearing a cashmere cowl is an incredibly soft and cozy experience…”like being enveloped in BUTTER.”

The Bridge Great Gifts Holiday Shop is open M-F 12-8pm, Sa-Sun 12-6pm and is located at 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22902.

December 12, 2010

Dzian! Sampler Platter on Vimeo

Don’t be shy, try a taste of each:

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December 9, 2010

Dzian! + Sweatheart @ Tea Bazaar 12/10/10

9pm, FRIDAY, December 10

The Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

414 E. Main St, Charlottesville, VA


Tonight, as you carefully select your attire for the following morn, please don’t forget your dancing shoes! Hide those arctic boots away! It promises to be a balmy 44 degrees!

Dzian! opens for Philly-based dress-up band Sweatheart, on their return trek northward after their humble attempt to overthrow Art Basel Miami.

As for that thoughtfully curated outfit of yours, you have two equally enticing choices: a) 1980’s Aerobicise:

b) 1960’s A G0-G0:

…or c) some artfully-constructed combination of the two. As for me, I’ll be rolling tom-boy style on my vintage bike:

Now either you’re with me or against me…let’s petition the Tea Bazaar to bust open their ceiling and retrofit a full-size glass display case (i.e. cage) for our Nakashi dancers, just like the Whiskey a’ Go-Go:

Righty-O, be there or be something resembling a square.

9pm, FRIDAY, 12/10/10, Tea Bazaar, $5

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December 5, 2010

Dzian! T-Shirts in New Colors…

A while back, I designed some t-shirts for Dzian! (the band I currently play with on violin + vox), using a vintage Chinese flashcard of a girl brushing her teeth:

After much Photoshop tweaking, printing, tracing, and re-scanning, I came up with a design featuring the name of song we play, “Mama, Give Me a Guitar,” originally performed by the Taiwanese girl group Cai Mi Mi & Five Petals Guitar Band…aren’t they bad-ass?

You can download the tune here.

A new round of t-shirts has just been screen-printed by the incomparable Thomas Dean (seen below chilling with a pair of bejeweled owls), available for $10 on bigcartel in a range of colors in both men and women’s sizes. If you’re looking to augment your t-shirt collection, saunter on over to the new Dzian! page at bigcartel:

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December 3, 2010

readySET at the Bridge Great Gifts Holiday Shop

Long live the handmade! Don’t miss the opening reception for the Bridge‘s Great Gifts Holiday Shop, tonight: Friday, December 3rd, 5-9pm. Over 30 local artists/artisans/crafters will be offering their handmade and vintage wares through December 23rd.  30% of the proceeds will contribute to the Bridge’s ongoing programming.

After tonight, the shop will be open weekdays noon-8pm and weekends noon-6pm. They’ll also be selling gift certificates and the shop will continue through the month of Janurary during normal gallery hours (Dec. 27-Jan 29, noon-3pm, Wed-Sat, or by appointment).

They’re still looking for volunteers to staff the shop…in exchange for your services you’ll receive a 30% discount on items in the shop. If you’re interested in lending some time, contact

I’ll be selling a wide selection of my hand-made wares:

+ woolen/cashmere cowls to envelope your neck

+ clutch purses fashioned from wool trousers and kimono silks

+ zoomorphic woolen/cashmere hats for your little ones

+ totes crafted from vintage bed linens

+ knitted and felted woolen helmets to warm your precious skull

+ wrist cuffs to add visual interest to that oft-overlooked aspect of your corpus

December 3, 2010

readySETat JohnSarahJohn

As of yesterday (Thursday) a selection of my wares are now available at the downtown Charlottesville design studio JohnSarahJohn. JSJ are opening their doors to the public for a pop-up holiday gift shop, open Thursday through Sunday, 12-9pm, December 2nd-24th. You can find them at 422 E. Main Street, across from the Nook.

For their December pop-up shop, I’ve collaborated with JSJ on a line of soft goods, plundering their stash of amazing vintage fabrics to create:

+ scarves and cowls made from bolts of deadstock silk suit lining fabric

+ clutch purses fashioned from vintage woolens and kimono silks

+ my woolen cowls are also available in a range of men’s suiting colors, exclusive to JSJ (camel, brown, navy, charcoal, pale gray, black)

December 3, 2010

readySET…here we go

the lovely Kho, sporting a cashmere cowl

may the blogging begin!

check back from time to time, as i’ll be posting updates to the shop, new designs, the fruits of my thrift store digging, and announcements about readySET at a shop, gallery, or craft fair near you. for now, my wares include cowls fashioned from repurposed cashmere and merino sweaters, and clutches made from wool trousers and recycled kimonos…in the near future, i’ll be adding:
+ mini messenger bags (…from obis, aka kimono sashes)
+ zippered pouches (…from silk trousers)
+ totes (…from vintage pillow cases)
+ zoomorphic baby hats (…from the necks of cashmere turtle-necks)
+ felted baby booties (…from cashmere and merino remnants)