Dobbin Mews holiday shop

Posted in Handmade by Shannon South on December 6, 2010

Some of the designers and makers of Dobbin Mews, where I have my studio in Brooklyn have gotten together to open an online holiday shop. Everything you see has been hand made in Brooklyn. (I’ve already put my order in for one of Lissa P’s hats.)


Donna Wilson

Posted in Handmade by Shannon South on November 22, 2010

Yesterday, I stopped by The Future Perfect on Great Jones Street to see the wonderful world of Donna Wilson, winner of the 2010 British Designer of the Year award. Ms.Wilson creates the most wonderful knitted creatures, as well as textiles, hats, scarves, ceramics, pillows, and furniture. It was all so lovely and the kind of work that brings a smile to your face and just makes you happy.


Posted in Handmade by Shannon South on November 19, 2010

I never expected it would happen to me, but I think spending so much time with Jenny has started to rub of on me. For the first time ever, I want to knit things. Jenny had a few of us over her apartment last night for craft night. Four of us were knitting and Jennifer S. was doing needlepoint. With the help of Jenny’s talented intern, Lissa, I started my first project – a chunky, multi-colored, multi-textured scarf that I am super excited about. I picked it up pretty easily and I must say, I really enjoyed it. It’s so relaxing and meditative. Like a great book, I’m anxious to see the results, but don’t know that I want it to end. I’ll post the final piece whenever I finish it.

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Posted in Art by Shannon South on November 16, 2010

Wow. I just discovered Theresa Honeywell’s work through the Textile Arts Center blog. I think I need to learn to knit.

An ottoman for Jeni

Posted in reMade USA by Shannon South on November 12, 2010

Jeni’s husband commissioned me to make a leather ottoman for her birthday. I found a really nice distressed leather trench coat to cover it with and I think it came out really well.

Photo by Jennifer Sarkilahti.

Made With Love

Posted in Fashion by Shannon South on November 11, 2010

Today I wore a set of recycled rubber bracelets that I bought at a really great gift shop in Maine called Rock Paper Scissors. We stopped there on our long drive back from Pop!Tech a couple of weeks ago. The shop owner told me a bit about the bracelets, but I wanted to know more, so I searched and found the company here. These bracelets are made by women in Mali and providing them with a viable means of support. They are sold to raise funds for L’Empire des Enfants, a school for homeless children in Senegal. I love what they do and it is so nice to know you are directly supporting people in need when you purchase their products.

reMade USA’s Process

Posted in reMade USA by Shannon South on November 10, 2010

Every bag we make at reMade USA is made by hand. Patterns have to be altered regularly to work with the cut of the jacket. It is a very thoughtful process and it means that every bag made is unique, beyond the jackets details. I often cannot visualize exactly how it will turn out until it is almost done.

Through this extremely edited-down photo journal, I want people to think about the amount of work that goes into making a bag… or a dress or a pair of jeans for that matter. There are many steps, especially if the piece is not mass produced. No two jackets that I find are alike. Each one must be deconstructed and design decisions must be made.

See process >

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Brooklyn Diary

Posted in Brooklyn by Shannon South on October 13, 2010

Brooklyn Diary has arrived! Jennifer, Jenny, and I are all thrilled to be featured in Lena Corwin’s new book.  The photography is beautiful and it’s a great compilation of some of the really inspiring things going on in Brooklyn these days.

reMade USA home accessories

Posted in reMade USA by Shannon South on October 12, 2010

I’ve just completed my first couple of reMade home accessories. So far, I have leather scrap patchwork throw pillows and cube ottomans. I’m so happy with the result that I’m keeping my samples on display in my home.

reMade USA studio in Brooklyn!

Posted in reMade USA by Shannon South on June 14, 2010

I’ve found an amazing studio space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, right next to McCarren park. The studio is in a beautiful space owned by artists and filled with vibrant, creative energy. My neighbors include Odette NY jewelry, Wiksten handmade clothes, Fay Andrada handmade jewelry, Nicolette Camille floral design.

photos by Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette.