Monday, November 28, 2011

open studios this weekend!  i'm having a giant sale to make room for new projects.  includes samples, overstock, and wacky experiments.

+ tee shirts for men, women, and babies/toddlers
+ totes/bags
+ pillows
+ accessories

cottage street studios
1 cottage street
easthampton, ma
friday, dec. 2nd from 12-5
saturday, dec 3rd from 10-5
sunday, dec 4th from 12-5

hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

learn textile dyeing with shabd!

Fiber Reactive Dyes with Shabd

Learn the process of Dyeing with Shabd, one of our generations leading dye-artists. In this 3 week class, Shabd will teach you the basic procedures for dyeing with Procion dyes, by immersion, painting and tie-dye, with both cellulose and protein fibers. You will learn various tying, dying and shibori techniques, as well as basic color theory and design concepts for dying. It will be fun, and colorful and bright! Discover the dyer in you and design your own dye patterns! Students will focus on swatches to perfect technique and in the last class work on individual projects.

No experience necessary. Our classes are designed to focus on a learned skill rather than a final product. At TAC, our mission is to provide skills and knowledge for a lifetime! All necessary materials are included for swatch making. Any additional fabrics and materials will need to be supplied by the student based on their vision. Also, we have Open Studio time for students to put their new knowledge to practice.

The Textile Arts Center is a beautiful 3200sf space in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens dedicated to providing support to fiber artists and everyday people interested in working with fibers. TAC holds classes, workshops and special events as well as running open studio hours, hosting gallery exhibits and running an artist in residency program.

Shabd Simon-Alexander is an internationally renowned dye artist. Her namesake clothing line is carried in high-end boutiques internationally. She has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out, Daily Candy, Nylon, Blackbook, Dossier, Bust Magazine, on innumerable blogs, and was the first person to teach Martha Stewart how to tie-dye!

3 Session
Sundays 2:00 - 6:00PM, October 16 - October 30
The Textile Art Center in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Craftacular Call for Vendors

Apply now to be a BUST Magazine Craftacular vendor at the World's Largest DIY Festival -- Maker Faire New York 2011! Maker Faire will take place on September 17th and 18th at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NY.

Maker Faire is a newfangled outdoor fair that brings together science, art, craft, engineering, and music in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. Over 40,000 attendees are expected over both days.

This year's improved BUST Magazine Craftacular at Maker Faire features:

  • A new, central location at a highly trafficked area within Maker Faire -- foot traffic, and lots of it!
  • A large BUST Craftacular tent which will provide cover and shade for all vendors and shoppers (already included in your booth fee!).
  • More live crafting demos, including demos from vendors.
  • Plus, returning vendors from last year's Maker Faire New York will receive 10% off their booth fee.

Have more questions? Visit Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail us at


Nikki Hung
Event Coordinator

Monday, July 18, 2011

the NERVE!

this is a topic near and dear to my heart, and i was outraged to read this e-mail from SAPLINGs Alice and Moriah of Feral Childe this morning! please read, and boycott Forever 21. this is one of the many reasons why i swore off buying clothing from mass market chain retail stores around 7 years ago... -cal

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago, we discovered one of our prints appearing on garments manufactured by Forever 21--a large, major retailer. Feral Childe's artwork was used without our permission or knowledge, and appears on multiple styles sold in the Forever 21 stores and on their website. Some styles have even received press. The print is our hand-drawn Teepees, widely featured in Feral Childe's Fall 2009 Collection School Play. Many of you have leggings, jeans, and dresses or other garments featuring our Teepees. The Forever 21 garments appear to reproduce Teepees exactly. If compared side by side you would not be able to distinguish any difference in the artwork.

Feral Childe has always strived to bring you the very best in innovative, ethically-produced clothing that is made to last. When we first started out we could only dream about the day when we'd be able to design our own fabrics. With the support of our community--friends, family, collaborators, showroom, suppliers, contractors, and our loyal customers--we have grown the business to be able to offer our very original, very personal hand-drawn textile designs to you each season.

For the past fifteen years, we have dedicated ourselves to this artistic partnership. Feral Childe's designs are the product of these years invested in our deep friendship and artistic training. We create textile designs reflecting a singular aesthetic voice. It can take months for us to develop Feral Childe's prints. The creative process begins with the two of us sitting side by side drawing and painting together and continues as we comment, critique and edit until we perfect the print design.

Through our hard work, Feral Childe has been sold in more than 70 independent retailers in the US and Japan. We feel fortunate to have weathered the recession and to be able to continue to do what we love. Even with our successes, we are a tiny company. Each wholesale account is a personal relationship nurtured over the course of seasons. Each customer we meet inspires us to design something better for you next time. If you are reading this, we could not have come this far without you. It simply is not fair that another party profits from artwork that was not created by them, was not their idea, and does not belong to them.

Forever 21 has unfairly profited from Feral Childe's years of artistic development. Without any consideration or respect for the origin of the artwork, Forever 21's mass reproduction of our textile design without our permission is extremely unethical, and in direct violation of the law. It's frustrating that this enormous company, with over a billion dollars a year in revenues, would dare to poach the artistic creations of a small company such as ours.

Our Teepees design is protected by law, registered with the US Copyright Office. When we sent Forever 21 our cease and desist letter regarding this copyright infringement, Forever 21 denied liability and even stated that perhaps Feral Childe copied the design from another source. Once we received that outrageous response, our attorneys filed a lawsuit, currently pending in Federal Court in Los Angeles. We hope that you might show your support for Feral Childe by spreading the word. Tell your friends, or forward, comment, post, retweet the articles below. We thank you in advance.


Alice & Moriah

Friday, July 15, 2011

feral childe ONLINE trunk show!

You are invited to an online trunkshow!

Hard-to-find Chain Print Turbine Jean available at Mission Savvy!
MISSION SAVVY is hosting an opening night party and trunkshow for Feral Childe's Spring 2011 Collection this weekend, July 15-17. The store is in Charleston, WV but you can shop select styles, including new accessories, in a special virtual trunkshow. A portion of your purchase is donated to animal welfare and conservation groups.

The special link will be posted on Friday. Find out more on Mission Savvy's Facebook event page. If you have any questions, just email us at

Alice + Moriah

Thursday, July 14, 2011

pool supplies


This Sunday, July 17th

Terrific Magazine and Union Pool are teaming up to present Pool Supplies, an outdoor pop-up marketplace
featuring 20 of New York’s finest emerging, independent clothing, jewelry and accessories designers

The afternoon fĂȘte will also feature live DJs, drink specials, and, of course, Union Pool’s full-service taco truck

484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, just two blocks north of the Lorimer L/Metropolitan G stop

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

shabd sale




Sunday, July 10, 2011

new summer paintings from Armas Design

There is so much goodness in this new batch of paintings. I have been inspired by summer time! Grilled peaches and mint juleps and mesquite bbq breezes...obsessed with food much? In any case, I hope you enjoy these paintings full of movement, and painted with love. Some are jubilant exclamations of color! Some are thoughtful and full of light and space. They are meant to be hung in any direction you like, and they look even better in groups.

I would love to show you all my brand-spanking-new studio space, but it is still being gussied up, and would prefer to display only it's sexy pictures. Don't forget to check out the blog for all your voyeuring needs.

If you make it this far down the newsletter, you deserve a treat. Hows about 10% off with coupon code TENFINGERDISCOUNT. Or maybe I just need another julep.


A preview of pieces available right now in the shop!


Looking for something specific? Contact me, we can work together to get you just the right look for your home. My latest commission is for a stately family living room. The client wanted a loose composition and bright colors to compliment her navy and slate blue color scheme.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

shabd sale




Friday, May 13, 2011

FERAL CHILDE Coast-to-Coast News: Boston Now+More Later

Hello, we've got some exciting events and updates. As always, we sincerely look forward to meeting you and always love hearing from you wherever you may be. Thank you for choosing Feral Childe.

See more of Spring 2011 here
And now, from Coast to Coast, here's the news from Feral Childe!

BOSTON: Turtle Trunkshow 5/14-15
619a Tremont St., South End
Sat 10AM -6PM, Sun 12-5 PM

BROOKLYN: Goodbye Douglass St Moving Sale 5/21-5/22
269 Douglass St. at Third Ave.
Sat & Sun 2-6 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: EcoCitizen Trunkshow 6/9 (to be confirmed)
Tarquinia Temporary Tattoos and Body Decoupage
2255 Polk St. at Green

BERKELEY: Green Gala Fashion Show 6/18
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Sat 2-5 PM
Tarquinia Temporary Tattoos and Body Decoupage
560 2nd St (Jack London Sq)
Sat Noon-11pm

the latest addition to stores where you can find Feral Childe's Spring 2011 Collection.
More to come soon!

It's shaping up to be a very busy season. We've just returned from the Middle East where we were guests of Virginia Commonwealth University's Qatar campus. We spent a week with our wonderful hosts and were inspired by the fashion design students there, and had a lovely trunkshow at Cugini Boutique. We promise, we'll upload some photos soon. We will probably put them on Facebook. . .

This weekend we will both be at the Turtle Trunkshow in Boston. Stop by please! Gifts for the first six shoppers so come early! Then we are back in Brooklyn getting ready for the big move. Come to our studio and shop from past seasons, samples, studio furniture, sewing supplies, fabric, and more. If you're lucky you can get a sneak peak at Fall 2011!
Then it's back to the West Coast for some summertime fun. EcoCitizen is cooking up a great day of events to be announced soon so stay tuned. The Green Gala fashion show features Feral Childe and local designers who have been using the gardens as direct inspiration for pieces for the fashion show. And the last stop for now will be the Summer Solstice Celebration at Swarm with music and art all day into the evening; a full lineup of participants to follow shortly.

It's great to get noticed -- we've had some nice press lately; both online and in print. Check it out at EcoSalon and the online version of TimeOut New York.
That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Not able to make it to events? Email us about those styles you've had your eye on and we will help you locate your nearest retailer. Feel free to ask us questions about sizing or fit. Also, we're seeking a body decoupage assistant!
Email us at

Alice + Moriah

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lucky Fish and friends sample sale!

this looks like a good one, with many local brands for the kidlets! from Jann @ Lucky Fish:

Hello Everybody!
2 Sample Sales coming up!
Friday for the little ones (some of my most favorite brands are going to be there.)
Also Saturday June 4th in the studio for the grown ups too! Only Lucky Fish at that one.

best wishes,
from Jann
@ Lucky Fish
98-112 Fourth street
Bklyn, NY 11231

Friday, April 01, 2011

craft night at etsy labs

hi all, on monday april 4th, i'll be hosting craft night at etsy labs! we'll make freezer paper stencils and use them on fabric - this is a great, simple technique for decorating tees and other things. come by and craft with me from 4-8pm at etsy in brooklyn. bring a light colored tee shirt or other fabric to work with - everything else is free! see you there.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

feral childe Spring 2011

Hello there . . . Feral Childe's SP11 Collection TARQUINIA is coming!
Dear friends and family,
The Feral Childe Spring 2011 Collection TARQUINIA has arrived in stores everywhere! Please stop by your local retailer to see our newest prints and silhouettes. This is our favorite collection so far and we hope you are as excited about it as we are. You can find a list of our stores here and check back in coming months as we add new shops. We're also very excited about some recent press featuring Spring 2011: you may have spotted Feral Childe mentions in Refinery 29, Whole Living (print; April 2011), EcoSalon and Ecouterre. Another pair of nice articles are here at Maison de Couture and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as well.
We'll be doing a trunkshow at TURTLE in Boston the weekend of April 23-24. Mark your calendars! More trunkshows to come!
We thank you for your support. For regular updates and newsy tidbits, you can also join the Feral Childe on Facebook and Twitter. We hope to see you this Spring and in the meantime, we always love to hear from you, so please email us anytime.
Kind regards,
Alice & Moriah

ABOUT SPRING 2011: For Spring 2011, join Feral Chide on an expedition to Tarquinia, an ancient Roman city known for its Etruscan frescoes and mosaics. Dreaming of this seaside civilization, Feral Childe created watercolor collages for new digital silk prints depicting divers, revelers, and artisans. The silks, textured organic cotton knits, Hempcel linen and other fabrics are lasercut, looped and pleated into a wearable catalog of amphora, fish, birds and plant life in earthy and vibrant colors. Made in NYC's Historic Garment Center.

Monday, February 28, 2011

art star craft bazaar

hi saplings,
i don't know if any of you are travelling for craft shows these days, but i thought i'd pass on that there are two weeks left to apply for art star craft bazaar in philly. the fair is happening in may.

Monday, January 17, 2011

cards on etsy

Hi all! I'm not sure if I've ever posted. But hope everyone is well & warm & fuzzy this winter! I just posted some cards up on etsy & thought I'd share:

Thanks a bunch!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 Renegade Craft Fair Dates

happy new year SAPLINGs! mark your calendars now for these Renegade Craft Fair dates worldwide. my how it's grown! and if you're a vendor, make sure you are on the mailing list so you don't miss the application windows.