November 25th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Vintage Marimekko with artful stitching  Photos by Jerry Mayfield

Vintage Marimekko with artful stitching                                     Photos by Jerry Mayfield

Quite a few people have been asking when and where they can buy my new art cards. Well…..the answer is tomorrow (Saturday, November 26) at the Mission Houses Museum Craft Fair. Fair hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I know it’s very last minute, but hey, weren’t you planning to go to this fabulous craft fair anyway? It’s always been my favorite of all the holiday fairs, and this year my dear sister, Roberta Cullen, invited me to share her booth. Her line of jewelry is called Fashioned by Roberta. 

Original watercolor painting by Paula, created in Stowe, Vermont

Original watercolor painting by Paula, created in Stowe, Vermont

Find my cards along with Roberta’s jewelry at the ‘Ewa side of the fair, near where you cross the street to get to Kawaihao Church.

Vintage Marimekko with artful stitching

Vintage Marimekko with artful stitching

Image of river rocks on Irish linen

Image of river rocks on Irish linen

I’m really having fun with these art cards. My process is totally organic; I sit down with a pile of compatible materials around me and just start stitching. I change the thread and bobbin about every five minutes and I destroy sewing machine needles like you wouldn’t believe.

Vntage Marimekko with contrasting stitching

Vntage Marimekko with contrasting stitching

You will find some more traditional Christmas cards, with “Mele Kalikimaka” on palaka fabric, but there are also some abstract red-and-green fabric cards that whisper “Christmas” without shouting it.

This antique Chinese silk came from the collection of one of my mother's friends who brought it out of China.

This antique Chinese silk came from the collection of one of my mother’s friends who brought it out of China.

Need thank-you cards for all those lovely gifts you will receive and friends’ homes where you will go for egg nog? How about a “Mahalo” card that’s original art? I’ve got ’em, complete with embroidery on palaka.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Christmas tree in there.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Christmas tree in there. Can’t you see it?

A splash of vibrant red for the holidays.

A splash of vibrant red for the holidays.

My cards cost about what you might pay for an ordinary printed card at a stationary store. But each of them is a one-of-a-kind little piece of art – some people are framing them – selling for just $6 or $8. Or a real deal at four for $20 or four for $30 (for the embroidered cards).

Berta and I hope to see you at the Mission Houses Museum Craft Fair!

– Paula Rath

 

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