Tuesday, December 10, 2013

~ New for 2014 ~ Original Fabrics Designed by Emily Trespas (Trail Pixie Studios)

I am excited to share the first fabric design for my 2014 Trail Pixie Studios Collection.  

Little Red Radio Flyers
Each fabric begins as an original form of my art, which I then tweak and compose with design software. Many of my designs will be printed professionally. From these I will hand make a variety of items, like scarves and bags, which will be available for purchase through my Esty store and at galleries representing Trail Pixie Studios.

 My Original Print: Little Red Radio Flyer  

Mirrored layout for an abstract pattern.
Little Red Radio Flyer is an original relief print designed and hand printed by me. I drew a sketch, translated the drawing into shapes that would work well with the relief process, and then carved the block before inking it up and transferring the impression to fabric and paper.

If you wish to purchase some fabric designed by me to hand make something of your own from it, you may do so here.  Please credit my designs when you do; I would be very grateful!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Trail Pixie Studios at The Museum Shop at the Addison Gallery of American Art

Trail Pixie Studios handmade scarves are now available for purchase at The Museum Shop at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts.

This afternoon, I dropped off more scarves with animal silhouettes,  brightly colored minky cowls, and some assorted wintery combinations. Three different styles of scarves are available: infinity, the long and straight, and cowls.

Most of the first delivery of scarves, especially the animal silhouettes, sold in less than a week. So, if you like the animal inspired silhouette prints above, do make your way to the Museum Shop sooner than later.

The museum and the shop will be open Wednesday, November 27th. 

Photo of the Museum Shop with 
jewelry, books, bags and some scarves (not Trail Pixie Studios).
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The Addison Gallery of American Art is located on the campus of Phillips Academy at the corner of Route 28 [Main Street] and Chapel Avenue in Andover, Massachusetts.

Hours Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays, national holidays, December 24, and the month of August.

Admission to all exhibitions and events is free. 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wrist Warmers —for adults and kids

When I visited my friend in California, I gave her son a pair of fleece wrist warmers. When he put on the monkey sleeves his imagination exploded into a thousand possible uses, which he demonstrated with unbounded energy. He used them as saws, deflected oncoming enemies, waved arms of fire, roared like a dragon and twirled like a propeller.
When he first put them on.
At the dinner table getting ready to cut his meal into pieces. 

I have a room full of Malden Mills Polartec fleece and decided the season is right for some cozy fun! These wrist warmers, cuffs, gauntlets, mitts are like portable mountain ranges. I originally made these because the edge of my laptop is so sharp, the fleece cushions my hands while typing....

Available at Trail Pixie Studios Shop.
More coming soon.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bursting with Joy

Bursting with Joy
5 x 4.5 ins.
watercolor, gouache — acid-free board
August, 2011

I've been sorting through my studio flat files—Spring Cleaning. What a joy to uncover all sorts of colorful artwork about which I forgot. 
I painted Bursting with Joy while sitting amidst the rows of cut-your-own flowers at Rosaly's Garden in Peterborough, New Hampshire. 

Like joy, the colors Burst. 

View More Art from the Flat Files at the Etsy Shop.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Hair of the Dog MSPCA Benefit

Hair of the Dog
Friday, May 3rd, 6—9 p.m.
60 Island Street, Lawrence, Mass.
Infinity Scarves from:

 This Friday I am excited to participate in the 9th annual Hair of the Dog benefit Art Show and Wine & Beer Tasting for the MSPCA (Nevins Farm). 

What fortune we'll be able to exhibit at Chester's at Bell Tower Square (60 Island Street Lawrence, MA). The location is beautiful with hardwood floors, huge windows and exposed beam ceilings. (Photo of my space at the 2012 Hair of the Dog.)

For sale I will have a variety of accessories and mainly 2013 Spring—Summer 2013 scarves—in both infinity loop and traditional styles, as well as, several of past season's scarves on major clearanceFor the month of May, I will contribute 10% of all sales from Trail Pixie Studios Etsy Shop to the MSPCA.

For more information and where/how to purchase tickets please visit the MSPCA site HERE....

"We'll be sampling over 50 wines and beers from around the world, so you'll be guaranteed to find a favorite!  With tasty tidbits from Whole Foods Market Catering in Andover, and dozens of artists from Merrimack Valley showcasing their work, the evening is a "can't miss" event.  

100% of the ticket sales will benefit the animals and programs of Nevins Farm. Additionally 10% of all wine & beer and art sales will also be donated.

Advance tickets may be purchased online, at Shawsheen Village Liquors, or at the Noble Family Adoption Center through Thursday May 2nd.  After May 2nd, tickets are $30 at the door . For more information, contact the MSPCA at 978-687-7453 ext. 6101"

Monday, April 22, 2013

Jersey Skirt Experiment

I enjoy figuring out how things are put together and work as a whole. So, today I decided create a pattern for a swishy skirt that has a wide, fold over waist band. I chose a soft jersey material that drapes well.  After cutting out the pattern, the sewing was relatively fast, in part due to my  serger and cover stitch machines. Now,  I am looking forward to a warm spring day ....!

Thin strips in coral and heather gray.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Embellishing | New Ribbon

What a pretty start to April! 
Some new ribbon for embellishing bags and scarves and a whole lot more...
Happy Spring.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Leaves of Grass Collection | Totes and Shoulder Bags

10 h x 12 w x 4 d
Strap 29 l x ¾ w | 23 ins. hanging height | Reverses to Olive

Many thanks to FPM for the prompt to start sewing bags again. She requested another tote from me after dedicating her first one to carrying a marble sculpture to and from the studio. As an artist and poet in her own right/write, FPM also inspired my naming of this collection after Walt Whitman's, Leaves of Grass.

I playfully dive into my collection of cotton and canvas to create some new shoulder bags, totes, beach carry-all's and prom-inspired purses. Some are already available at the Etsy shop.
I hope you enjoy. 
Happy April, too.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sachets—In the making

Last week at a local second-hand shop I purchased a beautiful vintage collection of  ladies hankies. Yesterday I prepped a few to make into sachets. 

All they need now is to be filled with dried lavender buds, their matching ribbon added and sewn up. These will look so pretty on clothes hangers, door knobs, in the car or your purse.  

See my other sachets currently for sale in the Home section of Trail Pixie Studios on Etsy. These make a pretty Easter or Mother's Day Gift.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Enjoy Some Wine

Ella, Fine Art and Craft Assistant at the Sharon Arts FineCraft Gallery, delightfully modeled one of my latest cowls. This wine color coordinated perfectly with her beautiful shawl; she just had to have it. 
Thank you Ella!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Old Meets New: Lavender Sachets made of Antique Doilies and Tea Towels

For years I created fragrant lavender (and balsam fir) sachets for my clothes hangers; I decided it was time to create, and sell, some new designs from my special stash of vintage dry goods. 

Last year I acquired some beautiful antique linen and cotton doilies and tea towels. The stack of coasters made me dream of elaborate and formal dinner parties from decades past. 

Pairing them with linen tape and grosgrain ribbon allows the sachet to hand from a variety of places: closet hook, hanger, bureau knob, purse handle, etc. These can tuck between sheets and clothes for a subtle and relaxing scent. Lavender is a natural and eco-friendly moth repellent, too!  

They make a thoughtful gift for your Valentine, a bride, a beloved, and your hangers...

The lavender I purchased to fill my most recent sachets was grown in upstate New York; it is of exceptional quality. This sachet was sewn from a Vintage Tea Towel from Poland. I love the pink and black linen pattern.

Available at Trail Pixie Studios.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"A Great New Look" Visits Trail Pixie Studios

Yesterday I met Susan Kanoff, owner of A Great New Look, for some infinity scarf fun. She came by to see my scarves and pick up a few for the Merrimack Valley Magazine photo shoot. Not only is she a fashion coach for many fortunate women in the area, she works as a style editor and columnist for the Merrimack Valley Magazine, as well. (Her blog post "Scarf Attack" is posted here.)

 One of my seasonal transition scarves 
for late winter and early spring.

Last month Susan interviewed me online for an upcoming spot in the March/April 2013 issue; it was great to finally meet this lovely woman in person!
 Susan Kanoff 
wears this animal print wonderfully!

Thinking of spring (and the timing of her article) we selected four scarves for the potential inclusion for the feature.  I am eager to see what becomes of this! You will need to wait for the article to see which ones. There are some scarves posted at my Etsy Shop, Trail Pixie Studios.
 This scarf of lined with soft jersey. 

Many thanks to Taylor Simpson 
at Nest in Andover, Massachusetts, for the introduction.