April 07, 2006

Speed



















Once upon a time ...
I designed and manufactured children's clothing. It was called "Easel Wear" Each piece was either handpainted or hand silkscreened with my illustrations. I dyed the colored garments myself at the begining then got a bulk dyer to do it when things got bigger.

This one was part of the Asa set. A two piece organic cotton outfit with my hand silk screened patches sewn on. This particular design was how I often felt at the time with two young girls - mama hen was always running with them at my heels. It was a good time however, and I think of all the fun I had with making the clothing and the designs for the line, modeling them with the girls and everything else in between. I dug it out of storage to photograph it today. I just don't like to iron so excuse the wrinkles! Click the images to see even more defined wrinkles!
That hen was speed in motion ... and she still is today.

The word for the day is ... remember ... from where you came, the important details, and to tell that special someone that you love them.

18 comments:

doodlestreet said...

Ahhhh...very cool. Nice illo!

angela said...

oh, this is the first time i've seen anything from that collection. and i love. i adore.

yes, you are a mother hen on speed. but for the speed, zest and energy that you go thru life, living fully, completely.

you for your daughters and your family, your friends, your students, your artists. you are a mother hen of inspiration.

oxo

Tanya Nichols said...

Thank you for the compliment on my illo and I A-D-O-R-E the baby chicks...they are so cute runnin after mama...

Genevieve said...

good for you...you're a one-woman industry.

er. one-hen.

nice picture and a good metaphor.

susan said...

oh no more cottage industry for me!
that was in the 90s. but it was fun while it lasted...

andrea said...

What a fantastic idea!! Brilliant really, I am always on the look out for unusual kid clothes. Of course now that they are older they don't oblige much any more. BUT if they were still little, I would have been all over these. :)
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CBobak said...

Very nice! I love the fun border too!

Mary Jane said...

Where mother hen goes so follow her chicks....the faster the hen moves forward...so do the chicks with little feet beating ever faster...so true also..with children...and it's amazing at what "SPEED." Love your illustration.

ULLA said...

How wonderful Susan! I wish I had known about your line when my little one was littler... Ha... wonderful design.

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

speedy mother hen teaches her chicks the two step! Jitterbugs get go and walk the line! Fantastic image Susan for Speed!

Pati @-;-- said...

'Remember'
I like the message as well as ur illo.
Nice done.

ladylinoleum said...

Adorable!

Toni said...

Those chics look just to cute huffing and puffing to keep up with mama.
Adorable!

Majane said...

nice!

The Unknown said...

Wee Hee. It's wonderful.
love

Kaya said...

This is a great image - I really liked the feeling of business from the hen and her chicks. I also loved the story behind it all. It just goes to show you that art with meaning and memories behind it has a certain life of its own.

Abigail said...

Very nifty!

I went to school in Dover so I immediately recognized the photos of Artstream (they're sooo neat :-) Nice blog!

scribblesk said...

Great image! Very charming!