April 18, 2017

Spring Chickens in the sun

Freda by the feet.
Freda by the ears.
Freda by the neck. This one-armed hold was hard for Gus at first but then he figured it out!
Gus and an armful of Longbody Rabbits: Freda, Babs & Sunny.
Canvas drawstring Bucket Bag in a nice Witchy Purple hue.
Lula reaching for the moon on a Margot Pollo Picnic Blanket for two.
She got it! This kid. No words. This purble fibre took a dip in the same spooky dye bath as the canvas drawstring Bucket Bag pictured on Gus above.
Portrait of a young lady at dinner. A smaller Picnic Blanket with horses draped over the highchair for fun.

Thanks to my sweet young friends Gus and Lula for putting up with my camera all for the sake of photographing a few new items plucked from the Margot Pollo spring lineup.

Dye, print, sew. Repeat.

Kiev 60 / Ektar 100

April 12, 2017



Just swinging by to announce that Margot Pollo will be selling a new collection of textile goods at the Luckygirl Pop Up on Sunday, April 23rd! It has been good for the soul to make new things. I have been having a ball dyeing and printing to my hearts content, cutting and sewing my ideas into new shapes and forms. Keep sewing I tell myself as I spin toward the freezer for another of Grandma's oatmeal raisin cookies. One week and a half until you can come peep some of my handiwork for yourselves.

Here are some items I will be selling:
- Picnic Blankets
- Lady Longbody Rabbits (soft, stuffed rabbits in nice outfits)
- Baby playmats
- Hand-stamped Throws (to chuck over your stroller, couch or knees if you're chilly)
- Table runners & cloth napkins
- Neckerchiefs & handkerchiefs
- Hand dyed canvas backpacks

For the other funny last-minute bits that will surely make their way into the heap, you must join in the fun at Hut K's Gallery space at 300 Ross Avenue (at Princess Street) and see / feel for yourselves. My favorite part of this collection is the wonderful range of colour.  I have discovered what combination of pigments make a good Witchy Purple and Moon Blue hue. Whatever is going on here, the process feels like a refreshing departure from what I know! We now have a nice industrial Brother machine from the 70's sitting in our back room. It was very frightening to explore the powerband of that machine when we first got it. To think! That machine used to churn out fire retardant work wear and now I am zipping through layers and layers of fabric than I ever thought possible.

Power to the maker! Power to learn and harness and ride! Thanks to this machine, the process of sewing is much more efficient and enjoyable than before. Back to it...


April 8, 2017

Clown's Breakfast

Observing the action at the daytime market in Chiang Mai.
Astounded by the sight of fresh cut flowers in December.
A serious butcher at work at the daytime market.
Iain shot this of Milky and I (wheeling and dealing for antique enamel dishes).
I asked this taxi driver for his portrait and this is what he gave.
Tall man's day out.
Fresh berries and cold beer courtesy of Milky for our riverside picnic.
Hot and hazy at 11 am on a Wednesday in late December. 
Assiniboine River? Could be, but not. Captured this from the banks of the Mae Ping river running through Chiangmai.
Tuktuk self-portrait of Milky and I cruising through the streets to cool off.
Tour guide extraordinaire leading us on a shopping tour of the market before heading out of the city to our cooking class. Here she offers a lesson in rice noodles.
A lesson in coconuts.
Coconut cream!

All photos shot on my Kiev 60 TTL in thirty-five degree heat while wandering the city of Chiang Mai alongside two clowns; one who insisted upon walking as much as possible, the other who insisted upon walking as little as possible, but both agreeing that cold beer and strawberries make a fine breakfast alongside a river. I couldn't agree more.

Kiev 60 / Portra 400
Chiang Mai, Thailand; December 2016.