The Art of Quilting: JoAnn Somers Does It Right

Vogue-lady I'm working on a book proposal that includes embroidery — which is possibly why it facinates me that many of my friends are into knitting or quilting.

Back in the day, it used to be drinking and carousing.

Okay, and flirting.

I'm not lumping these fabric arts together, but I do see a similarity here: to excel at them, you need patience, as well  a steady hand, and an artist's eye.

Take, for example, the quilt here, created by JoAnn Somers. entitled "Vogue Lady," this quilt is almost complete, and is a perfect example of taking an impressionist work of art and rendering it in another medium:

One that enhances it to new and unique dimensions.

Granted, this project may end up on a bed, but could easily be hung on a well-lit wall.

JoAnn is married to one of my favorite portrait photographers, Alan David. His most interesting subjects have included Ted Turner, Jimmy Carter —

And Josie, Martin, Anna and Austin Brown.

Because family, too, is a work of art.

As is friendship,

—Josie

SecretLivesfaux

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Simon & Schuster/Pocket

Look for it in bookstores
September 2010

Rediscovered Marilyn Monroe Photos: Before the Fuzzy End of the Lollipop

Marilyn475  From the archives of Life Magazine comes a series of photos taken when Marilyn Monroe was just twenty-four, and had only appeared on in one: THE ASPHALT JUNGLE.

This is my favorite of the bunch. It looks like she's holding a script. Perhaps ALL ABOUT EVE?

Today, June 1st, is her birth date.

To see others from this photo shoot, click here…

Before life sucked on the the fuzzy end of the lollipop,

—Josie