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I am 38 weeks pregnant and was in need of a warm sweater to adjust to my ever-expanding belly. In the fall I designed a stylish white “maternity” jacket (posted on November 19, 2012) to wear throughout the winter. I wear it all the time and decided to recreate it with this incredible soft wool/cashmere blend material. It wears more like a sweater than a jacket and is just perfect. It will look great post pregnancy as well!

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This past summer I made my first piece of custom clothing, for someone other than myself…for my amazing sister-in-law. She is very fashionable and loves to wear creative and unique clothes. This made it really fun to play around with different designs and styles. The final product is this zipper down shirt. Thank you Amanda for being my guinea pig!

Yesterday was a beautiful day on the Vineyard, crystal clear with a slight chill in the air. We spent the afternoon in Chilmark at a friend’s party and then documented my latest piece on their gorgeous property. My husband did an incredible job capturing the lighting, the setting, and my jacket.

I am 23 weeks pregnant and was in need of a comfortable yet stylish jacket that could be worn with my expanding belly yet wearable post pregnancy as well. Last week I finished designing and sewing my first piece of maternity wear.

Wool jacket with lining.

The jacket went perfectly with the sterling silver bracelet I made this summer.

I knitted a soft wool scarf to finish off the look for a chilly day.

Hand-etched sterling silver barnacle bracelet that I made this summer for my art show. For sale at etsy karenblackerby.

After a winter of creating artwork I am beginning to see some fruits of my labor. In May, my work was accepted into The Eisenhauer Gallery  on Martha’s Vineyard for an August 9th opening. I am thrilled and have been working non stop to get ready for the show. Then a couple of weeks ago I was happily surprised to see two of my latest pieces featured on the New England Home blog.  http://blog.nehomemag.com/2012/06/friday-favorites-6222012/

Below are images of the barnacle cuff. It is representation of my Away We Go eggshell mosaic, featured on my May 4th post. The cuff is a cropped section of a photo I took of the mosaic, then hand etched and shaped on brass. An interesting and fun process. These will be sold at the show alongside its side kick Away We Go.

Away we go  [eggshells / found wood / steel frame 28 1/2 x 28]

“Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It’s much sexier than any body part . “Aimee Mullins.

The other day I came across an article about Aimee Mullins, the amazing Athlete /Model / Actress / Superwomen and the latest L’oreal Paris spokesperson. Listening to her story literally gave me the chills. It is absolutely remarkable what she has accomplished in her lifetime this far!

Aimee is best known for becoming the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA, at Georgetown’s Division I track team. She was outfitted with woven carbon-fiber prostheses that were modeled after the hind legs of a cheetah. She went on to set World Records in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the long jump..

Aimee became a muse to Alexander McQueen ,walking the runway in his London show using intricately carved wooden prosthetics.

And those are just to name a couple of her amazing accomplishments. I highly recommend watching the links below to learn more about this amazing woman!

Aimee Mullins: How my legs give me super powers – YouTube

Making-of Aimee Mullins – YouTube

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