#bespoke

Flea + Sunday Emporium + Stephanie Podasca

This fall/winter season I will be vending at the Sunday Emporium edition of Portland Flea every last Sunday of the month at Rejuvenation on SE Grand St. There's a wonderful mix of local makers and vintage finds and I'm thrilled to use the gorgeous furniture and fixtures to dress up my assortment of hand-dyed throw pillows. Each pillow is 100% handmade and totally unique. I've always felt that it doesn't matter what your couch looks like because the power of a good throw pillow speaks volumes in a single room and can easily impress. I will also have a mix of current silk scarves, as well as new textile color ways I'm playing with. Can't wait to see you there.

xx

Creating Fall 2014

- Welcome to my fall preview! -

I've been playing with a new approach to my line and challenging myself to create a truly cohesive collection with a concise mood and color palette. When I started my line of scarves, it felt like a new way to express my art on a formally new canvas, so I created what I wanted when I wanted to in any shape, color, design, etc. without focusing on the story of what a fashion line should truly be if it's going to succeed in this volatile and competitive fashion market we experience today.

Through this self-imposed restraint and fresh approach, I've come up with something I'm truly proud of. Some heavy silk noile wraps, chiffon neck scarves, and habotai veils in a swirl of Tobacco, Fresh Black, Burgundy, Sage, Misty Celadon and Parme Rose. Muted petals and nature-inspired tones with an urban edginess.  I've incorporated some ombre, shibori, and hand-painted techniques that have all come together beautifully. Excited to introduce a collection that will keep you glamorous and warm all chilly season long...

Here are some photos of my work so far and please stay tuned for the official launch in the shop and in select stores.


Mother's Day Trunk Sale

Dear Portland,

Join us this Wednesday for some last minute Mom shopping! (or shopping for yourself of course) 10% storewide and vino refreshments! I'm bringing a wide selection of scarves - large, small, colorful, indigo - and a load of new hand-made pillows I've created for my new homeline Indigotique. All this in addition to the incredible selection of jewels, crystals, and vintage garb to be found at Demimonde!

We can't wait to see and meet all of you.

X

podasca trunk sale

Indigo Winter

This past weekend my beau and I tried our hands at dying with natural indigo, attempting ancient Shibori techniques from Japan. The most exciting part about this experience is having no idea what you're doing, but your work and dedication eventually yields surprisingly beautiful results! In preparation, we read numerous other blog entries from around the world, watched old youtube videos from Japan in the 1980s, and consulted Janice Gunner's Shibori for Textile Artists. We finally felt ready after a month of talking about it!

The textiles we used were cotton duck canvas pre-washed; silk chiffon and georgette pre-sewn into two circle scarves. We tried out a folding-clamping method (Itajime) to achieve the geometric patterns, an accordion style tie (Tesuji) and some rope-wrapping methods to achieve the other stripy-mirrored patterns. 

Let's just say some came out better than others but I've been able to utilize almost every textile: scarves, pillows, even a tote!

Here's some photos of the day-long process and adventure...

shibori
shiborities
shibori indigo patterns
IMG_1733.jpg
indigosilk
indigosilkpodasca
indigowoolsilkpodasca
indigocottonpodasca

Be sure that I will attempt another dye batch and that some silk scarves will be up for purchase in the near future. 

X,

SP