Betty at Benny’s or Mark at Mona’s


In search of a local sewer. You know, someone that makes clothes.


To make a simple slip dress or could that be mechanic shorts

It is all about the process. That is my latest mantra. PROCESS PROCESS PROCESS
I have this beautiful fabric from India. Cotton, made ethically, supporting and empowering women while challenging fast fashion.

I designed my own fabric and now I want to make some summer clothes.

Whats happened to all the local #patternmakers, #sewers & #makers?


So I met women running their own shop and working  at the Trading post in Bixby Knolls Long beach. A great space – group owned market place for whole natural foods and other goods and provisions

Their response –   the tailoring / sewing profession  is non existent in the USA – it is all made overseas. People don’t want to make  clothes it is a lost market.
So I went in search of a local sewer –

1st stop – North Long Beach. That is where I met Betty from Italy who ran Benny.s alterations – Nope – she only does aterations – great sign though.

She sent me to Mona’s –
Mark ran Mona’s.
They were tailors but could not get me in till October.


Mark sent me to Liz’s who simply said no.


So while I was getting a window repaired I was talking to an amazing  women selling doors and it turns out she  randomly made clothes for  free.


Yup she might see some young poor kid on the street and offer to make her a dress for free. HUMANITY – she gets up every morning around 5am to sew. She loves to start her day that way. Nope she knew no one who would make the dress. Perhaps she could ask here neighbor who makes quinceanera dresses!



So next was the local alteration shop, just  around the corner. The shop was manned by a petite, abrasive, yet delightful Asian woman who took her time to serve me. (well I didn’t get a chance to chat cause she was fixing a mans blue jacket)

But she did send me on another journey ?

“I don’t make dresses.  Not here ….  but  ….. try Little Saigon.

What an idiot I am  – they have many many dress makers – Vietnamese / Cambodians, Laotians ….. there is an industry – women and men  still sewing dresses.

So one Vietnamese strong coffee later and a walk around the plazas, a few pounds of lychees later I found a fabric cloth that makes dresses.


Side note:
We are selling soft 100% cotton azo free swaddling clothes at 

That’s Ari with our organic, chemical free swaddling cloth


Building an idea – sustainably


The fabric is amazing, soft, 100%cotton, (khadi)  toxic free and they are supporting a sustainable living for women  – this is truly a great product.

Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 7.09.59 AMI bought some beautiful yards of designer fabric to see if local designers and budding makers want to create their own clothes and interior designs.

IMG_1655This means you have to think differently about what it means to create quality products. It is not cheap,  or expensive and it will create jobs for women in rural India who can live in their own communities and in their own way /  culture. I want to be able to sell the fabric so you can create your own designs that are contempoiary, beautiful and fresh.

me101plus1My process is transparent and we need your support. I am taking you on a journey as I set up the business, explore all possibilities and opporunities.


These fabrics were created in Madrya Pradesh. Womenweave. The town is Maheshwar – one of the best places to find the most exquisite Saris.  A very rural area, smack in the middle of India. Imagine rich cultural heritage, few English speakers and a place where women have little control over their lives. Imagine what you can create, design your own fabric, make your own clothes, curtains, and more.

Supporting women – fabulous fabric


After 6 months working smack in the middle of  India I am back in the States & excited about my new project.


The story: India is caste driven,  poverty and toxic manufacturing dominates the making of material and everyday life. I spent 6 months at a University in Madrya Pradesh. Madrya Pradesh is totally awesome culturally – think visually, saris, turbans, draoves of nomadic camel herders, dung houses, cows and more cows, fresh milk and a lot of Puja. But it is also corrupt in all areas of commerce and education.

So I am going to stop wingeing and take action.  I decided it was time for me to help women. Importing beautiful metres of fabric  for designers and companies that want to make a difference in the world.

In my spare time I spent many weeks visiting some amazing collectives that support the emplyment of women and making of fabric and crafts. Womenweave, Barefoot College and more.


I am an artist and designer, lover of women, culture and life!

I want to connect designers from all over the globe, with existing collectives who produce quality work, want to design and create their own products.


Note the name of weaver and materials used and amount in left corner.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED MAKE A COMMENT follow this blog and enjoy the journey!



simply linkin & connectin

They draw with chalk of rough cement floors.

Simply I sit, watch and learn.

& document.  The chalk drawings have become a coloring in book for the elderly and children in the other building.

The result: a coloring in book that connects 2 buildings that are completly disconnected, but on the same ashram. The floor drawings are photographed    I digitally transfer & thicken the lines. Then I print the book! Very Local very non- digital. A lot of smiles!

Still in Ujjain India  – learning Hindi in the local government school – Lekoda village – look it up on a map …..eeek

Still photo bombing.
Finally goat woman

patternsbehind the scenesStill looking at craft and art in hidden spaces – coffee shop on a dirt road

And there still visitng amazing organisations that are developing and sustaining art and culture in a contemporary sense:


The scroll painting and singing storytelling  by the patua community from West Bengal

An amazing social practice sustainable  fashion space in Mumbai – Obataimu

chalk + A BIT MORE

There is always something to draw on and someone who is wants to play.
Sewadham Ashram


Theses women draw with chalk on the floors, Locked up and often locked in their minds.

womenCrayonImagine holding a crayon with color for the first time in your life and watching the color fill the shapes.

Or there is a the added benefit of photobombing.

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My first coloring in book. Locals from Nth Atlantic Ave, Nth Long Beach. They droppped into the 6021 Shop front or I met them on the street. If you want one just send me an email  and I’ll send one.      Donations welcome!!!!


6021 india or bust

Never give up that is my motto. It started as a morning walk and wanting to connect when you can’t speak the language. Take a photo – and give them a hard copy.

2 women in the local village – I met them caryying dung out to the road.
I returned and was invited into the house or just grateful for a smile.
Just saying not everyone has a phone and how many get to keep an object as memory.

Then I started photgraphing the process by placing the photo in context.

Is this Art or what am I doing?

Volunteering in India is a bit confrontational. Sewadham Ashram is truley amazing but also extremely confrontational space, place..
It is an NGO – (non government organisation) which means this fantastic man and his family have spent their lives offering a safe place for untouchables, homeless, mentally disturbed, physically disabled and just people who are not wanted. e.g. women who are divorced. Sprinkled amoung these 500 people are a few very ‘normal ‘ children.
Hmmm…… Indians do not like to volunteer because they are always looking after their very central family – not time right – total hogwash! They need volunteers to maintain the Ashram and Indians do not even give money to beggars on the street – not appropriate.

So how relevent can Art be in a space like this? A huge and simple challenge.
Chalk for drawing on the cement – erasable and delightfully non confrontational.
The delight at seeing an older woman just entranced with what she is doing – time out!!

I spent time doing the same with kids in a different space and took coloring in books and crayons for other women who could not get out of bed – Have you ever seen a woman hold a crayon who did not know the pressure would create a smudge of color – astoundingly simple and wonderfully surprising and delightful!

Then it was back to the streets and giving out photographs and delighting in the smiles.


6021’s final yahoo!!

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 6.51.13 PM6021 final month was full of great performances and events!

UNPLUGGED 7 –  performances on Metro Transit Bus 62 in Nth Long Beach: Many thanks
GRISELDA SEURAZ AND MARCO SCHINDelMANN rocked the audience with poetry and opera on Friday the 8th!

A bit of Guerrilla Art – is still hanging on Broadway Ave near Termino Ave Nth Long Beach – care of a man in a black sweater and his accomplish.

With a Mural in Cambodia Town I bought some color – got to love the synchronicity  – it’s on the Metro Transit Hub  cnr Cherry and Anaheim, Long Beach. Think about it Cambodia mural on Long Beach transit and Unplugged on Long Beach transit!


I am in India but 3 wonderful artists have taken over the 6021 space  Cynthia Lujan

I hope they carry on the good work!!!

6.2.2017 unplugged 6 performing in local buses

Hello all you Long Beach Locals
join us this Friday for unplugged performances!


Unplugged performers in buses on June 2nd – First Friday!

Connecting Nth Long Beach with Bixby Knolls First Friday.
Meet at the Michelle Obama Library : 5870 Atlantic Ave
& be entertained by Desi Ramone!!-
#Storytellers #musicians #poets #singers #opera
we want you to ride the buses for free with us!
Ride the buses in nth Long beach! #longbeach #lbartist #lbmetro See you this Friday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Desi Ramone

First and foremost, Desi Ramone is a performance artist. Yes, he writes and sings his original songs but a far cry from the normal humdrum singer/songwriter act.
Standing at 6ft 2 in classic western wear, Desi mixes up his
45 set like a toss salad. Covers and originals to the beats of Surf, Bo Diddly, Hooker Blues, Folk, Powerpop, Honky Tonk. It’s played all on his Gibson Acoustic through Fender Deluxe amp with one purpose … to get you dancing.

In March 2017 Desi released his single “Red And Yellow Roses” available to buy today on cdbaby