May 22, 2023
My Mothers Wrangler Bluebell Denim JeansAs I was folding my Mothers Wrangler Blue Jeans, I realized that these pair of jeans have been worn for over 65 years by three generations of women in my family. I remember my mother wearing her "old" jeans during her home improvement projects. I always loved the shape and color of these wranglers, from the stove pipe leg and side zip waist, to the unique wrangler patch on the back pocket. My Mother told stories of how she wore them in high school, rolled up with penny loafers. When I was finally big enough to wear these fabulous jeans, I stole them out of her closet and they became a staple in my wardrobe all through my high school years. I never purged these denim jeans and carried them with me throughout my life, they kept me connected with my mother throughout my adult years. When my daughters started high school, the tradition continued and they raided my closet, just as I did, and started wearing these unique Wrangler Blue Bell Jeans. But this time, not with penny loafers but with there own twist of footwear. Everytime I see one of my daughters wearing these jeans, I snap a photo and send it to my Mother, to remind her of the unintended tradition she started 65 years ago.
October 21, 2021
The Andy Warhol Museum - PittsburghWhen I am in Pittsburgh I love to visit the Andy Warhol Museum. Its an amazing space with so many familiar pieces of artwork and plenty of Warhol's personal belongings. When I walk through the exhibits, I am continually struck by how Warhol transitioned into a fine artist, by using only the techniques he learned as a commercial artist to create these beautiful pieces and redefine what art is.
August 25, 2020
LPDstudios Style - Shopping for Vintage with Daughters
August 14, 2020
Re-posting some fun moments from this year!
This year I had a rare opportunity to be the costumer for this years high school musical "Legally Blonde". The kids were amazing, hardworking and very receptive to my ideas. I had a ton of fun playing into the old tropes and stereotypes of the characters, which where almost 12 years old. And, figuring out how to make a "Playboy Bunny" costume appropriate for a high school actress. I am sure we got some backlash along the way, but then isn't that what art has always done.
December 01, 2019
Recently, I was invited by my friend Payton to help her Girl Scout Troop earn their jewelry badge. I am not your typical jewelry artist and decided to teach them the art of stamping leather. These girls where very serious. After discussing what types of jewelry there are and the many different materials it's made of. We got to work. First teaching them the basic skills of working in leather, then letting them go, unrestrained, to create their amazing piece of jewelry. Take a look for yourself what these young ladies accomplished.
The End Results
My friend Payton enjoying her S'more this summer at Hershey Chocolate World.