Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chroma

My new collection

is a tribute to color
presented in simple silhouettes


Color Hue Rainbow Original Masterful Abstract


evoking a modern, urban renaissance


free form rectangles and circles akimbo and askew


primitive, rough-handed vertical ragged stains


 droplets etching meandering, shape-shifting paths



Used together or separately
they’re graphically focused to embolden your artistic sensibilities




can be viewed by clicking above, 
and the free download of


For the men's shirt I used the selvage with my name for the label and color windows as a trim on the bottom front placket. 
No two buttons are identical.

Cotton Couture in Brite White worked wonderfully for the pillow cases both in having a soft hand and it sews so effortlessly.

Hope you are as excited with the new collection as I am!

Happy Stitching!
Mark

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hawaiian Influence

Some fun and wonderfully simple foods for the summer 
- prepared indoors and finished on the BBQ

Kalua Pork Nachos
Slow roasted Kalua pork with Australian cheddar and Asiago cheeses before being baked on the BBQ. Below, garnished with scallion curls and chive flowers. This was served with freshly made Roasted Pineapple and Mango salsa with cilantro, mint and lime juice.



Mango-Balsamic Wings 
marinated for days and then baked to a gooey perfection!
Mango-Balsamic Marinade
For every 2 pounds of chicken: 
1 C mango nectar (I used frozen chunks from Trader Joe's, thawed, to measure 1 C)
1/3 C balsamic vinegar
2T olive oil
1-1/2 T fresh thyme, minced
S&P to taste 
If using chunks, puree in blender with remaining ingredients. If using nectar, combine all ingredients.
In my version of the recipe pictured, the wings were marinated for approximately 3 days and then cooked in a 400 degree oven (or BBQ) for 45 minutes, until the wing meat pulls easily from bone, falls apart or, they can be grilled until cooked through.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Birthday Quilt for Dad

My dad celebrated his 80th birthday on the 12th of April. Many conflicting schedules prevented us from celebrating the event on the actual day so we planned a party for him a month later. 

Aside from throwing the party, we couldn't decide upon an appropriate gift until Mom, my sister Dana and I thought it would be nice for me to piece together a quilt top using fabrics that were reminiscences of many of his favorite things. 

I used my signature triangle black and chose fabrics mostly of my own design, or some that I had worked on as a production manager or were the precise image we were seeking. They include puppy portraits of three of the family dogs, goldfish, wickerwork and dragonflies for his koi pond, tropical drinks, roses and veggies for his garden, and of course BBQ!

Included too are blocks of pieced and tie dyed GRAPHYX prints, BEADWORK, strike offs from my new collection CHROMA, DISCO DOT from the TANGRAM collection, SIREN SONG and up cycled shirts. The colors are warm and rich, accented by light and dark grounds, and the pointed corners of the triangles are softened by the linear blockiness of the grid-like quilting.

Most of the quilt framed in a shot taken in the back garden.

Koi, drinks, roses and Kali.

Tasha, BBQ, veggies and more koi.

Suki

 Kali

Tasha (and a woven strip shirt block) and a good example of the quilting.

I use the simple shape of the 12" x 13" triangle so I can concentrate on color and moving it around the surface of the quilt.


How the blues move and the brown and reds jump diagonally 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cold Lamb, Warm Marlin or a Few Weeks in Review

(Note: This post has been sitting around, unpublished, since mid-March. I can't quite remember the details on some of the pictures so I'll just allow this to be a simple bit of non-captioned eye candy. M)


I know it's supposed to be cold hands, warm heart but my interpretation was more appropriate for my post. As I write this post today, Saturday the 15th, we've been having heaving squalls of rain, and gusts of wind up to 50 mph, so paradise or not, we're not immune to the madness that Mutha Naychure has been throwing the entire planet. Laugh or not, hate me or not, it's chilly here with the rains. I've got the space heater on and the cats have been scratching on the door and clawing the screen, imploring me with their big surprise-birthday-party eyes. They're outdoor cats, not mine, and I love them but I just couldn't deal with them inside the house... those curiously little nosey faces getting into everything. My house is not set up for kitties running amok. So here I am, inside, hoping the winds won't bring down tree limbs which will take out the power and me trying to stay as cozy as possible on such an impossibly rainy day.












Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nasturtiums

Brightly colored. Peppery. Flower. Edible.

I have always had a fondness for this plant. The bright summery, highly-saturated hot colors of red, orange, crimson, persimmon, burgundy and sometimes white. The cool, peppery watercress or arugula bite of the leaves - charming in salads, mixed into sweet butter with fresh lemon juice and zest, or steeped in champagne vinegar. 


Petals heaped (generously) into a measuring cup.

Mixed with the appropriate ratio of champagne vinegar.

The strained elixir in a slim, tall-neck bottle (anyone but me think this looks like the Eye of Sauron?)

Blended with softened sweet organic butter, backyard lemon juice and zest, then rolled into a small log and frozen for future use on a juicy, grilled piece of steak or fish. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cold, Damp and Raining

When a Saturday is nothing by a long day of cold, damp and rain, I think about warm, yummy meals. Yesterday was no exception.

We're all joking here about building an ark. The rains come in waves. You can hear them as they approach because the thunderous drumming of the heavy rain drops beat loudly on the leaves and it sounds like something frying on the stove. The burgeoning rainfall creates rivulets of brown water flowing rapidly, displacing anything in its way. The strong winds don't help much either, as they blow the wetness under the eaves on the overhanging roof and onto the floor, making it slick underfoot and this is where I work, outside on the lanai. And a telltale sign that it's miserable out is that I am wearing my black Ugg slippers...

If you think I am exaggerating, then come and visit. Welcome to Paradise.

I've been cleaning my studio by producing. After filling orders over the past weeks, and preparing for an event the day before Mother's Day the numerous hats and especially the large blankets that are cut and sewn leave smaller bits and pieces that can be utilized in other hat pieces and bibs. After spending the day fussy cutting and manipulating fabric to eke out every last usable - cuttable - sewable item that could be made it was my reward to play in the kitchen. 

I daren't run out in this mess - there are cautionary advisories on the radio about flash flooding and deep puddles, so I just stayed put and cleaned out the freezer. What follows is what I managed to put together for dinner - with leftovers for Sunday, of course!

So what I found was a duo of steaks: NY Strip steaks (you know, from the humgo pack from Costco), and a calamari steak. For myself I only need a couple or three potatoes, and steamed then sauteed spinach (again from the jumbo bag from Costco) and a gastronomical feast was slapped together.

 Oven roasted Yukon Gold and Red Bliss Potatoes. Nothing exceptionally fancy: Organic Virgin olive oil and Hawaiian Sea Salt

 Remember "Call Me Mr. Pickles blog?" here is the grilled calamari steak with a dressing of the Bread-and-Butter pickles, capers, garlic, olive oil, a shake of red pepper flakes and backyard lemon juice. I was skeptical of this brain-fart idea but it turned out salty-sweet-sour and a perfect compliment to the delicate flesh of the squid.

 New York Strip Steaks with a Kona Coffee-Spice rub, buttermilk bleu cheese and a web of garden chives. 

Steamed and sauteed spinach. Simple preparation again: garlic toasted in olive oil, kosher salt and a grind of black pepper.

The fabric in the background is Siren Song in color Earth.

I always neglect dessert. That being said, today I have decided to make a blackberry-lilikoi sorbet (hey, it's got to get warm and sunny sometime next week!) ;)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Call me Mr. Pickles

Bread and Butter pickles. Made from scratch. Crisp, green Keiki (baby) cukes. Organic raw sugar. Unfiltered cider vinegar and lots of spices: yellow mustard, celery and coriander seeds, whole allspice and cloves, fresh garlic, red and black pepper, and turmeric for color.

Washed and cut, packed into a wide mouth jar.




The sweetly spiced brine poured in for brining.



Next batch: Sour Kosher Dill