Nailing reclaimed fabric to a wall, Going to Guatemala, Starting a business, You know / by Brielle DuFlon

What's good, guys? 

It's really beautiful out these days. Spring fever has everyone driving around like they're in the middle of a hail storm (biking has felt particularly precarious but the breeze sure feels good). The irises have popped up in front of our house and I've been getting dirt under my fingernails from toiling in the soil. Good stuff. 

I had a blast in March putting a reclaimed fabric mural/installation on the wall at Brazos Tacos in town, in the IX building. It was a great experience getting to know the Brazos staff, talking to passersby with questions, and a lot of fun to boot. Here's a slideshow of the process that culminates in a few photos of the final product: 

The day after I finished installing the piece at Brazos Tacos I flew to Guatemala to visit family and friends. My boyfriend Colin came with me - it was his second time in Guatemala and we had a great visit! It was pretty action packed but we got to spend some really nice moments with family talking about real things, we shared some beautiful meals, we drank lots of mezcal with good people and close friends. We spent most of our time in Antigua where my families live but we also took a little three-day trip to Lake Atitlan and got to explore two towns that I had actually never been to in my 20 years there (or I don't remember because it was so long ago) - Santa Catarina Palopo and San Antonio Palopo. On our way to San Antonio from Santa Catarina we met the sweetest guy named Francisco who took us to his house because he wanted to show us his loom. Yes! A man with two pedal-looms who weaves in San Antonio Palopo. We watched him weave a bit and saw his little weaving room and met his wife Maria, and I took a couple of instant photos of he and Maria (which I left with them but I photographed first) and also some photos on my digital olympus. Here're the instant portraits and a digital photo of him and Maria with a little more context. 

 Francisco with one of his looms, San Antonio Palopo

Francisco with one of his looms, San Antonio Palopo

 Maria surrounded by photos of her family and the weavings they've made, San Antonio Palopo 

Maria surrounded by photos of her family and the weavings they've made, San Antonio Palopo 

 Francisco and Maria in their weaving workshop, San Antonio Palopo

Francisco and Maria in their weaving workshop, San Antonio Palopo

We also bought some beautiful ceramics from San Antonio Palopo. There's a beautiful glazing style there that is known nation-wide and I wanted some original pieces from the source, so we stocked up on some gorgeous pieces of earthenware <3. 

Coming back from Guatemala would have been more difficult if it wasn't spring in Virginia. The color of the flowers, the potential in each bundle of leaves unfurling in to the world, the balmy days have all made for a smoother transition. I've been catching up on weeding, planting and cleaning up flower beds, as well as some things around the house that needed to get done. I've been putting things away in the studio and making more space there (I'm also on the waitlist for a bigger studio, which is exciting), working on some small commissions here and there (those wedding watercolors are still coming, it's pretty great!), and last but not least - I'm finally in a place to think about Window and Wing - the home-wares and wearables shop that I've wanted to launch for over a year now!

Home-wares and wearables. It's just an easy way to sum up a shop that encompasses a wide variety of objects that fall into a similar aesthetic that are for the home and body. I've always been one who enjoyed making cozy spaces and unique wearable items (clothing, refurbished clothing, jewelry). I thought to myself "why not do this for other people and actually make (part of) a living out of it?" 

So yes, that's the business I'm referring to in the title of this blog post. I'll be making a website for it that is completely separate from this one, and I hope to one day be able to sustain myself on a combination of sales from Window and Wing and sales of my fine art works. It's going to be a process that might take a little time but I am looking forward to every step of the way and am happy to feel so sure about it. As I just told a close friend, it feels like part of me has been lying dormant for a long time because I didn't know how to channel this craving to create crafty, utilitarian things. I think I've found it! I'll be sure to post updates about it along the way, and will occasionally point you all to the Window and Wing website when something particularly exciting is happening on that side of my creative sphere. 

Have a great week, all!