All Grown Up


Once upon a time there was an adorable, lovable, little girl named Sarah. When she was a toddler she would take great care coordinating her daily choice of outfits. By the time she was six, she had figured out how to attach the video camera to the television and perform live. When she was eight, she walked into the first Limited Too store to open in Pittsburgh and declared, “ Oh, this is me!”

She drove her feminist mother crazy with all of her fashion concerns until her mother called one of two prominent Jewish models in town to ask for advice. The model told her that the most important thing for any girl interested in fashion was to get skills- there was no long-term place in the industry for just a pretty face.

Sarah’s mother took the advice to heart and enrolled Sarah in CLO acting, dancing and singing classes. She hired a private tutor to teach Sarah fashion drawing and being a fiber artist herself, shared many of her personal sewing and knitting skills with Sarah. Sarah took up drawing and photography and made a practice of documenting her life with the use of the family video camera and a specially purchased single reflex camera.

Sarah followed all kinds of fashion, art and photography as she completed her education, first with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and then a master’s degree in acting. In between she spent extended periods of time working in with her mother’s studio honing her design and needlework skills.

This week Sarah posted two of her latest projects on Facebook. The first was her short film RUN RANT and the second was the first collection of her new line SILKDENIM. Sometimes a little piece of advice is the key!

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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