four ladies, one city

December 10, 2012

Imported directly from Italy, Angela’s ribbons come in tight and loose weave.

Almost more than the beautiful things I encounter on a day-to-day basis, it is the connections made with like-minded individuals that make this blog so satisfying for me. Through the miracle of the internet, I am able to commune with artisans all over the globe, often continuing to share ideas and inspirations long after I’ve featured their work. But it is true that, separated by vast tracks of land and ocean, these connections mostly remain online.

So this weekend, I was very pleased to attend the holiday trunk shows of four wonderfully talented local women, right in my own back yard. On one short block of Boston’s historic South End, I was delighted to meet artists and designers: Jill Bent, Angela Liguori, Susy Pilgrim Waters, and Sophie Truong.

Covering the gamut of paper goods, leather, and textiles, their products are greatly varied. And yet each of these women shares a bold vision for her own work. The mark of an accomplished artist, their pieces are both highly individual-even playful, but also honed and sophisticated, and of course, beautifully made.

Also uniting these women, is a comradery that comes from a mutual respect and a common spirit. I wish you could have been there to feel the exquisite textures of Sophie’s supple leather goods, or Susy’s exquisite cashmere scarves. Or to take in the aroma of Jill’s lavender pillows, or to feast your eyes on the banquet of colors of Angela’s ribbons. But mostly, I wish for you a similar opportunity to meet such fabulous women.

Festive pillows by Jill Bent (who’s summer cottage I featured here) and Angela Liguori of Studio Carta, at Boston design mecca Michelle Willey.

wrapping paper by Pikku Wares along with Angela’s cards and ribbons

grain sack pillows, lavender sachets and cosy cowls by Jill Bent

Perfect of grownup stockings, Angela’s cotton string wrapped in colored thread comes around a vintage clothes pin or in bulk.

A new leather tote, by French-born Sophie Truong, is on my holiday wish list.

Angela, a bookmaker originally from Rome, (whose studio and work you may have noted in Martha Stewart’s November issue), also makes these handmade cards on Italian paper.

Small world: though she hails from England (we’re so international here in Boston!), Susy Pilgrim Waters used to live in the house abutting my new Newton home! (You can see a tour here on design*sponge.) Now my new home is graced by one of her flax tea towels.

hmmmm, or maybe one of Sophie’s wallets with a velvet tie….

Here Susy’s handwoven and silkscreened pashmina”bolder” throw and scarves are pictured next to a Christmas card by Angela, which features hand-calligraphy and a vintage stamp on mould-made Italian Rossi paper.

Ribbons by Angela and Pikku Wares feature wooden paddles which are handmade in Vermont.

Cards, designed in collaboration with Moontree Letterpress, sit alongside tea-dyed spools of Angela’s ribbon.

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