My Local Landscape

Textile collage by Jen Hewett

Golden Gate Park, photo by Jen Hewett

I live in a very special part of San Francisco, nestled between Mt. Sutro and Golden Gate Park. Walking around both landmarks is a regular part of my day – Gus and I go to the park twice a day, every day, and my gym is halfway up Mt. Sutro. But it wasn’t until last week, after I’d finished two new textile collages, that I realized how much my recent work has been influenced by these walks.

View of the Golden Gate from Mt. Sutro, photo by Jen Hewett

Textile collage by Jen Hewett

I’ve written before about how much the landscape of Highway 5 continues to influence my work, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise that my local landscape would creep into my work. But I do delight in nice surprises, so I’m not beating myself up over my momentary obliviousness.

I have another show scheduled for May 2017 (more on that next year); I’m sure my local landscape will appear in that show’s work!

Denim and Sashiko Potholder Tutorial

Sashiko and Denim Potholder Tutorial by Jen Hewett

Sashiko and Denim Potholder Tutorial by Jen Hewett

A few months ago, I posted a photo of potholders I’d made, inspired by Yoshko’s potholders. I got a few requests for a tutorial, to which I responded, “Make a potholder, then embroider it.”

Just kidding. I’m more helpful than that.

This past weekend, I decided to make some potholders for Sonya’s birthday, and I thought it might make sense to finally document the process. This is a great project for a beginning sewer, or for someone who wants a project they can work on while watching “Waking the Dead.” So, here you go.

Instructions after the jump…