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Marcy Tilton’s Newsletter for Everyday Creatives
Newsletter #13
January/February 2007
Paris to Oregon

Marcy Tilton’s Newsletter for Everyday Creatives
Newsletter #13
January/February 2007
Paris to Oregon

Topics in This Newsletter

Paris Fusion Blog

What's New, What's Next

Marcy’s Upcoming Schedule for 2007:
Puyallup Expo

PENWAG Fiber Arts Lecture & Workshop in San Jose

Elements of Style with Shermane Fouche in Rohnert Park

San Francisco Design Tour

ASG Convention in Sacramento

Design Outside the Lines Taos

Come to Paris With Marcy!
HiddenParis December 2007


Bonne Annee Happy New Year

During my Paris stay, my little camera was a constant source for visual journaling. It proved to be a precious tool. 7 weeks in Paris seemed like such a long time when I left in late November. The weeks flew and my good intentions to draw, sew, write flew away too. Instead I walked and wandered, little Pentax in my pocket. There is a french word for this aimless wandering: flaneur. I became a Paris flaneur, and tracked my days with photos. I'd come home at the end of the day and download, the photos help me remember what stood out and are a reminder of how I see the world as I roam. See bits and pieces of what I noticed on my wanderings on my blog:


What's New, What's Next
As I write this I have been home a scant 2 weeks and leave tomorrow for a Design Outside the Lines retreat in Santa Barbara. At this time of the year I look backward at the past year and ahead to the new. I have 4 new patterns in the Vogue pipeline to be released this year. A jacket and vest set for release in early spring, an accessory package featuring bags with a japanese flavor and a trio of my favorite eclectic pants set for summer release and a felted wool jacket that features needle felting for fall.
When I stepped into my studio last week I did not know where to start, so I pulled out a throwaway purchased t-shirt and played around with what I found, saw, learned in Paris.
Check out the results on my website:
I brought back a fresh batch of Groom bags including this new Nomad microfiber backpack, which I love.
see it:
The large backpack is now only available in black. I still have it in a few colors.


Planning ahead for 2007
Puyallup Sewing Expo: New CD-Rom in the works!
This promises to be a wonderful year with many inspiring experiences in store. I'm honored to be a teacher and exhibitor at the big-mamma sewing expo in Puyallup, March 1-4. I'll be in booth 121 and will be speaking each day on 'The $200 T-Shirt'. David Coffin and I are collaborating on a second CD-Rom, the topic is The T-Shirt, a virtual workshop with me on one of my favorite topics and will cover making a deliberately different gourmet t-shirt from scratch and re-fashioning purchased t-shirts.. The CD format is immediate and intimate, like sitting next to me in my studio as I work, showing you step by step techniques and design insights. I came home from Paris with a trunk-full of t-shirts for inspiration, you'll see photos and detailing from some of these in the CD as well as a complete catalog of my own inspired t-shirts. I continue to make and re-fashion and embellish and WEAR t-shirts, this all American garment is my favorite blank canvas. The CD will be released at the Puyallup show, and will be available on my website in March.


April 14 and 15, 2007, Marcy is teaching for PENWAG, The Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild. PENWAG is a vital community of textile artists, wish I had a group like this in MY neighborhood....maybe it is time to create one here in Southern Oregon. I'm excited to teach for them. For more info:


Elements of Style
with Shermane Fouche and Marcy Tilton
April 21 at the Rohnert Park Community Center
$125 entire day
$75 1/2 day
10-12: 30: Morning Session with Shermane Fouche
Principles of Draping Part I:
Preparing and Using the Mannequin
This class gives you the inportant basics of understanding how to prepare and use a mannequin whether you to fit your garments sewn from patterns, or you want to know more about the draping process.
You will learn to position ribbons for fitting precision and how to make the arm used in Haute Couture, considered essential for fitting any sleeved garment. Marcy says, 'Seeing the draping process flow out of Shermane's fingers gave me an understanding of this mysterious art.'

12: 30 - 1:30 Quick lunch. Bring a bag lunch and beverage
Afternoon Session with Shermane and Marcy
Paris to the West Coast
A conversation and trunk show with Marcy and Shermane, that includes different interpretations of the same garment (we bought some of the same Paris clothes), and keeping a fresh look on your own personal style. Amusing and informative, these two friends never cease to inspire and percolate. Friendly feedback for willing participants is part of the learning fun.

Sunday, April 22
with Shermane Fouche
10 - 1 Draping Demonstration
Shermane will demonstrate the process of draping a simple bias skirt and a sleeveless fitted vest. Simple, yes, easy, no! Watch Shermane as she demonstrates and explains the process of draping a garment. You'll have a newfound respect for the 'toile' or muslin, where to begin, how to follow the flow of the fabric, creating many small adjustments, marking tricks and tools of the trade. Marcy says, 'Seeing this process from start to finish gave me a glimpse into what goes into developing patterns that require the finesse of draping. I was mesmerized!'

Monday and Tuesday, April 22, 23
Private Consutations with Shermane
Includes a pre-session meeting by e-mail,to determine your needs and goals and to discuss new directions 
$250, payable by check only, directly to Shermane Fouche
and sent to:
Shermane Fouche
c/o Candace Birchfield
63Varda Street
Rohnert Park, California 94928
Contact Shermane by e-mail to confirm and set appointment time and place:

San Francisco Design Tour
April 24-27, 2007
with Marcy and Katherine Tilton

Come to San Francisco!!  Eexplore the Bay Area’s great fabric stores, visit the studios of garment and accessory designers to meet the owners (sometimes we get a lesson), have a chance to see and buy their work, uncovering sources for fabrics, supplies, art, design & inspiration.

Organized by Marcy and Katherine Tilton , the dynamic Tilton sisters are arranging for 3 inspiring fun filled days of creative experiences, shopping, fine food and good company (2 full days, 2 half days).  The tour begins Tuesday, April 24 at noon and ends Friday, April 27 around noon.
The tour kicks off on Tuesday afternoon with a visit to the de Young Museum for the Vivienne Westood show. Vivienne Westwood is both iconoclast and global icon.  This retrospective exhibition celebrating Westwood’s extraordinary, nearly 40-year-long career was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the de Young is its only U.S. stop on an international tour.   In the 1970s, she electrified the fashion world with the launch of Punk and went on to become one of the most inventive and influential designers of our time.   

Each day we will have a different itinerary, travelling in a chauffered van, visiting studios usually not open to drop-in visitors, shopping for fabric and exploring some of the unique resources and neighborhoods that make the Bay Area so intriguing for creative people.

For more details, cost and registration info go to:

HiddenParis Tour
December 2-10, 2007
Design Fabric Fashion Art Cuisine Shopping Wardrobe Upgrade
8 magical, inspiring art-ful days in Paris

Join Marcy Tilton and Shermane Fouche for a full week in Paris immersed in art, design, fashion and fabulous shared eating experiences.  Our two tours in December 2006 and January 2007 were so successful that we are excited to do it again. Marcy and Shermane have planned an  inspiring and exciting week in the company of an intimate group.  Shermane attended the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la  Haute Couture Parisienne, and has lived and worked in Paris for 15 years.  Marcy has been exploring Paris on her own and with groups for over 30 years. Tour group limited to 14 participants.
While we’ll visit some of the famous places in Paris, we will also explore the hidden side of the City of Light, cultivating its historical richness, its love affair with artists of every sort from the world over, and its fashion: old and new, wild and creative, classic and elegant.
December in Paris tends to be quiet, (no tourist lines), Holiday decorations and celebrations are in full swing, the food is marvelous, and can be cold (and might rain). So wear your warm coat, boots and scarf. We'll take you to the fabulous shawl store to add an extra layer and we'll experience Paris like the natives.

We’ll stay in a small luxury 4 star hotel, nestled in the heart of the Right Bank, just a stone’s throw from the Louvre, close to wonderful shops, restaurants and a central metro stop. 

When you register, you will become part of an e-mail chat group so we can get acquainted before the trip and prepare for our adventure together, with tips on packing, great books about Paris, what to bring, what to leave home and more.  

NOTE:  This tour will involve a LOT of walking.  Bring really comfortable shoes,(or better yet buy some Arche shoes while in Paris)  Please contact Marcy with concerns.

For more details including cost, go to:
See photos of the recent December and January HiddenParis tours:


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wishing you a creative and relaxing 2007,
Marcy Tilton

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