News + Notes

The Tokyo Hotel in downtown Chicago is a 15 story 150 room building that was built in 1927. This year it is being redeveloped as The Freehand Hotel Chicago and  is slated to reopen in 2015. I had the pleasure of visiting the historic site for a meeting to see the model rooms for the new hotel, Herron has been hired to make 150 bed pillows. Sampling for this project has been enormously exciting and I am overjoyed to be making such a contribution to what I hope is a wildly successful Chicago hotel.



CLASSES
In other news, we have a new class up next month at Humboldt House, a basic tapestry weaving class and you can register at herronclothier.com, yarns and lap looms are included!
You will also find me teaching a weaving workshop Aug 10-12 at ACRE Artist Residency in Wisconsin. I am so excited to have been invited and am looking forward to it.
Last but not least, I will be teaching a mini weaving workshop at Wandawega's annual Art Camp. If you are in the Grand Rapids area, I will be at Have Company from September 12-18 teaching weaving and making a woven installation for the shop. Stop on by and say hello!
And lastly, I will be teaching an intensive Tapestry workshop at The Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY September 27 + 28, there are 4 seats left, so hurry!

XO,
Dee

Art Camp

Happy Sunday everyone!

I am super excited to share that I will be teaching a little weaving workshop later this Summer at Wandawega for Art Camp, an annual gathering of artisans and makers who share their craft, run workshops and get their camp on. Check out this great article about it.

I've begun making preparations for the art camp workshop (among others I will be teaching late Summer-Fall. details on those coming soon!) We'll be weaving on Emily Brock of Board and Bread's gorgeous little lap looms made from Black Walnut.


(Loom by Board and Bread, weaving by Allison Volek Shelton of Shutters & Shuttles)

There are a few spaces left in the Herron Weaving Workshops at Humboldt House, if you are interested, head on over to herronclothier.com to sign up!


News from Herron!

It's been a minute since my last post! I've so many exciting things to share as a result! Are you ready for all the good news?

Herron is moving! Well not quite yet, we are considering setting up shop in a large, beautiful vacant space connected to The Humboldt House shop at 1045 N. California Ave late this summer. After some trial workshops, in the space, we will have a better idea on how to "move" forward. We will however be dropping the 'Clothier' from our name, sprucing up our website and blog and relaunching when we have a new home. Herron is partnering with Humboldt House to bring you a series of curated weaving workshops starting in mid July.  Register at herronclothier.com, they are almost full!

Check out the giant wall piece (pictured above) that I wove up for Humboldt House's monthly California Nights party!

Herron will also be participating in Art Camp at Wandawega this year in mid August! I will be teaching a mini weaving workshop to invited guests. I have been looking forward to this since March when I was asked to participate. I can't wait to have a little r + r and meet other Chicago makers and doers. September brings Herron to Michigan where I will  be doing a short one week residency at Have Company in Grand Rapids. I'll be teaching a mini weaving workshop there (details TBA) and working on site to create an installation for the shop. Have Company is run and curated by the very sweet and inspiring Marlee Grace.
Check out the Have Company Blog to see all the artists she is hosting this summer.

 Photo Credit: Wandawega Website

I am also psyched to vaguely report that I am in early planning stages on some great collaborations with two ladies whose work I adore, Aitho Adornments and Foxgove Studio. Lastly, But not at all in the least, I am working on a top secret project, an exhibition of large scale tapestry work. Details on all of these exciting projects will be announced as plans and schedules become finalized.

XO,

Dee

Movin' up + Movin' on

Summer has tumbled in to Chicago with a delightful mix of warm breezes and light rain. I have been busy on numerous projects; sampling a line of handwoven pillows and tapestries for CB2 Chicago and Quince & Co, as well as a very special project to be revealed at a later time. It's been so wonderful thus far to work with both companies. My woven pieces for CB2 Chicago are made with 100% US organic cotton and hand sheered, spun and dyed wool from Nanne Kennedy's Meadowcroft Farm in Maine. Dyed by the amazing Casey Ryder of Port Fiber.


All of the collaborative work has lead Herron Clothier into a new and exciting phase. It is time to find a bigger studio! With three looms, an industrial sewing machine, serger and cutting table, our sweet little space is busting at it's seams. I have begun the search and am quite enjoying the process of finding just the right space. Chicago is such a wealth of interesting, unique and affordable spaces for artists and small businesses. The lovely ladies at Wild Daughters and I have teamed up for some exciting improvements coming later this Autum.

Shelby, Herron's newest edition. She's a 60" Leclerc floor loom. Planning some exciting secret upcoming projects.


I like to refer to my work as "whole-cloth" weaving. Think about good whole-foods, not as in the grocery store, but as in the idea of organically grown foods, harvested from the land by human hands. Whole-cloth is just like that. From the land to the hand to home and body. Feels good any way you spin it.

Speaking of wholesome foods, lately I have been doing quite a bit of cooking. Here are a few recipes I would like to share that I am quite smitten with. Sent to me by two amazing ladies both named Emily, one from Portland, ME and the other from Portland, OR:
Zucchini Goat Cheese Quiche:
For the Crust
2 cups pastry flour 1 and a half sticks cold butter, chopped into little chunks ice cold water, about 2 TBS. maybe a little more, if the dough is too dry a sprinkle of salt. Also a tsp of baking powder for some lift mix 
and chill in the fridge.

The Filling: 

2 small zucchini 3/4 cup Nancy's yogurt small package of goat cheese half a sweet onion 10 large eggs Pinch of salt and pepper

I used a vegetable peeler, and peeled the zucchini into fine strips. You could use a mandoline also. Chop the onion finely and saute with olive oil. Remove the onion and set aside.
Saute the zucchini with salt to help the juices escape a bit, until golden. I prefer to do this in a large heavy cast iron pan.
I prebaked the pie crust, but almost never have total success with this, the sides always fall in a bit even with foil and a full pan of beans. It matters less if the crust falls as long as you put it in a really lovely pie pan. But prebaking the crust is helpful so to not burn the eggs. This is so important for the flavors. Eggs should always be cooked slowly and at a lower heat to maintain delicacy.
At this point the oven should be at 350.
Whip the yogurt and eggs together, add salt and pepper, and pour this mixture into the pre-baked crust.
Place spoonfuls of cooked onion throughout, and then arrange the zucchini slivers in a fanciful way, drop fingerfuls of goat cheese so that they are spaced evenly through the egg mixture, and voila! You put the quiche in the oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the center is set.

Let cool for about 10  minutes and eat it with a light fresh salad, on a sunny afternoon.


Spring Harvest Buddha Bowl

1 bunch asparagus
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
small bunch of red radishes
2 carrots
1 1/2 cups white beans {approximately 1 can}
salad greens of your choice, I used arugula

Dill + Shallot Vinaigrette
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
2 tablespoons finely minced shallots 
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar {or white or apple cider vinegar} 
1 packed tablespoon fresh dill, chopped 
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
1/4 teaspoon sugar {optional} 
heavy pinch of black pepper

Enjoy!

XO,
Dee

Power of One

The Dalai Lama says --and I am paraphrasing here; "Discern what your world is, know the plot, the scenario of this human drama and then figure out where your talents might fit in to make a better world. Each of us must do something that makes our heart sing, because nobody will want to do it with us if we are not passionate and inspired."

A warp on the loom.

It has been said, and I do agree that change comes from many small moments and acts. As I think about that in a business sense, I believe that business should serve the people for a greater good, not just the individual. Business should be about taking care of, not competing with.
To quote Desmond Tutu, 'the sea is only drops of water that have come together'. The power of one can in fact be quite significant. Herron Clothier is just one small textile company in a large world filled with conglomerates, corporations and other small businesses. Though we are small we dream big. Striving to put out a product with heart, quality and love everyday. That is what makes my heart sing!  I believe that my mission to create ethical and sustainable textiles is important to our environment, economy, and our collective ethos. I strive for truth both in the product I put into the world and the life I lead. For me, they are synonymous. My business reflects my personal values by which I conduct myself in the world. I hope, in whatever small way I can, to inspire other people to, be the change they want to see and follow what makes their own hearts sing, one small step at a time, one drop of water at a time.

 Weaving with tapestry bobbins and stick shuttles for hand manipulated inlay.

Choosing to work with wonderful companies like my latest collaborations with Quince & Co, Meadowcroft Farms, Port Fiber and Wild Daughters have been wonderful explorations in navigating business and creativity through a strong moral and ethical code of conduct. Our products are grown, milled and created in the US by skilled, appreciated hands across the board. These aspects can be hard to build a business around as sometimes, heart and what you hold close to you do not often go hand in hand with business. However, they are aspects that mean something very intrinsic and important to me and to my collaborators.

Herron's woven pieces are sewn on an old industrial Singer sewing machine, a true work horse.

Today I am working on three separate collections of handwoven pillows and wall pieces for Quince & Co, CB2 Chicago and Herron Clothier for Spring 2015. When they are ready for the world, I hope you will cherish them as much as I have cherished the process of making them.

XO,
Dee