The college itself is on the top of a hill and overlooks the beautiful green hills across the valley....whose name I have forgotten but whose beauty always soothes me.
The open courtyard provides space for the clothing, accessory and jewelry designers and also a showcase amphitheatre.
My first purchase came from the talented Lenore Española from Lenore Collection Lenore Collection who designs these terrific bags with recycled paper.
|My "green" bag back home in Baltimore|
|woven recycled paper|
Here's hoping this enthusiastic designer continues her green and practical designs.
|Mary Lou Rankin and lovely Park Bench Design garments|
Since I sew for myself I'm always forgetting that people actually buy clothes, not patterns or fabric at these affairs. Thank goodness for these designers and design students that most of Americans don't sew, right?
I did see plenty of people buying buttons and beads for any number of craft project ideas. Me, I've stopped buying buttons "on spec" although they are tempting, just like little jewels of their own.
After a few hours of shopping we got to sit and watch the designers showcase. Rhonda Chaney, who heads the design program at the college, has been someone I've admired for years. I watched her do a fantastic trunk show presentation at the American Sewing Guild national convention in Birmingham more than 10 years ago. She was remarkably creative in her clothing, fabric and pattern choices but also the most organized, thorough and helpful of any sewing instructor in her presentation. I'm sure her students and colleagues benefit from all those skills.
|Rhonda Chaney introducing the designers' fashion show|
|Marla Kazell wearing the Circle Jacket at the Saf-T-pockets booth|
|Student works on display|
The one I chose had the green's and blues of the CA sky and coast line and lovely golds which remind me of the aspens I spied blanketing the west's mountains as we flew back to Baltimore the next morning. So glad we could have time with family and I could enjoy these artisans. Here's hoping you have people in your creative life who inspire and motivate you.
Oh, if you're every in the SFO airport area, here's a terrific little place that we found in Millbrae:
|Our last delicious CA meal|