Sunday, December 19, 2010


I'm sure some of you shop keeps, designers and curators will know the satisfaction of seeing someone wearing a design you made, hearing a story about how much someone likes the work they bought from you or seeing photos of what one has done with work they have bought. This is a quick post to share with you a story that was shared with me.

Sky High pop-up boutique

At the pop-up this season there was a total of 24 midwest doily's for sale that I had commissioned for the shop. I posted some images online and sold a few to folks out of town. One piece I sold was to Daniel Arnold, who happens to be father of Sofia Arnold (our current mural artist at the Sky High Gallery pop-up) and husband to Susan Johnson, owner of Avalanche Looms, whom I blogged about this past September.

A few weeks after shipping his order I received an email from him with these two photos and the following story [reprinted with permission].

Framed Midwest by Daniel Arnold

I hope you don't think this is to corny- I was seeing this headed to my parents home, and they, although not living in the midwest, are the essence of it. Sort of a roots reminder for them this Christmas. I stripped and refinished then recut a walnut thrift store frame, stitched the crochet piece to a backing of antique wallpaper that survived the fire in my shop, and put it behind a crazy wavy piece of antique glass, my favorite. Every pane of glass in our old house is wavy, the ones that were clear I replaced with old. Maybe that is part of how Sofia learned to see the world in a different way.

I'm quite happy you had the inspiration to commission the work.


Framed Midwest by Daniel Arnold
A bit touchy to photograph with the beautiful bright day outside.

My summary: this email and story made my month and what an amazing family full of inspiration. Thanks Daniel.


Unknown said...

two daniel arnolds!

Faythe Levine said...

Daniel, It was very confusing when you both emailed me within a day of each other. Took me a moment to make the separation!