Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hear Ye... Hear Ye...

The official poster for our Spring Show...

Thank you Emily Sachs for an Amazing Job!!! 
~The Harlots....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Don't be Ordinary, Be Extraordinary!!

The Burlap Show is a  Motley Menagerie of fun, 
food, music, art & fabulous finds,  
always with a sense of whimsy, 
theatrics and drama.
From the Decor and Props to the people... 
We invite and encourage our vendors 
as well as our guests to dress up, 
play the part, have some fun, 
get out of the Box!!! 

Don't be Ordinary~ Be Extraordinary! 
This Years theme is 
Vintage inspired Circus, 
Burlap Carnavale'
find a top hat, Don a tu~tu 
and get creative! 

If you are in need of finding a costume, 
or a fun piece to add to an ensemble~ 
We have just the gals for you. 

Rita Simpson 
Costume design & Custom Sewing
Specializing in Theatrical Costuming
by Apt.

Kris Joliff
Retro Rampage
Vintage clothing store

2480 Athens Ave. Redding, CA.
Shop hours Tues-Fri, 11am - 6pm

Kris will be setting up a 
circus themed costume area 
in her shop just for us!
Come check it out... 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Final Harlot of the Fab Four...

Introducing Our dear and humble 

Victoria Twyman 
{ Methodical Harlot, Voice of Reason }

I am a wife of nearly 31 years, a mother to 5 grown children and grandmother to 2 wonderful teenage grandsons.  I have been retired for about 5 years and am so enjoying the freedom to pursue my artistic dreams. I have, up to this point, been a self-taught jewelry artist - learning from tons of reading and watching videos;however, I have just started a metalsmith class and am looking forward to learning all of the tricks of the trade and improving on my skills.  I create one-of-a-kind jewelry and home decor pieces using vintage and found objects.  I am also now creating jewelry from metal - mostly copper and brass - and I think I have found my passion!!

Coffee Talk With Viki ~

1.  What is your earliest memory of knowing  you had an itch for design?
I grew up on a small farm and it seems like my brothers and I were always outside finding really cool stuff to make things out of.  I remember taking the plastic strawberry baskets and weaving leaves and sticks through them.  I would then add a piece of fabric around the top and tie it into a bow.  I was so proud of those little baskets!!

2.  Food/drink  nourishment of choice when in design mode?
Chocolate and Pepsi!!!   I know, how bad can you get, right???  I am trying to give up the Pepsi, but you will NEVER take my chocolate away from me!!!!

3. Favorite designers? Fashion, interiors, jewelry, Art, Architecture? a few will do...
This is a hard one for me because I have never been influenced by one style.  I just love art and creative thinking - anything outside of the box.  If I was to pick a fashion designer it would have to be Vera Wang because her clothing has such wonderful asymmetrical lines.  As for a jewelry designer - 
I want to grow up to be like Troy Hawkins!  
He is my hero.  

4. What is your mantra/motto?

To LOVE what I am doing.  

To feel total joy and fulfillment from it.  

5. How you you define a Burlap Harlot? What makes you one?
A Burlap Harlot is non-judgmental, open to new and unique ideas and people.  Willing to accept everyone for who they are - their uniqueness - their individuality.  
Someone with an open mind and heart.   

6. As a designer what moves you? Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from everything around me.  I really LOVE old things, things with character and a story to tell.  I think I'm pretty good at listening to that story and absorbing inspiration from it.  I also find inspiration from my metal. It may sound weird, but a lot of times I will pick up a piece of metal and have no idea what I am going to do with it and I just hold it and the ideas start to form and I start working with that piece of metal until I'm happy with the result. 

You can find Viki's amazing jewelry creations at:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

And yet another of our troupe...

Jae Jennings
 { Stylist Harlot }


After graduating from F.I.D.M. (The fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) for interior design in Los Angeles, 
My husband and I ventured North in 2000 
to smell fresh air and raise 
our children in the country sunshine.
 I consider myself to be an aesthetic alchemist: creator of visually stimulating, beautiful space and things. I feel design and being creative is my dharma, I get lost in space and time, nothing else seems to matter.

Coffee Talk With Jae...

1. What is your earliest memory of knowing you had an itch for design?

Well, my mom says I was designing in the womb. My earliest memory of a love for design had to have been my fascination with creating the houses for my Barbie’s. I didn’t have the dream house, So I had to make do with creating walls from L.P.s, folding up towels for beds and adorning them with different pillow cases for bed spreads. I loved to dress them too, but never really liked to actually ‘play’. The fun was in the creating. I also changed my room around all the time growing up.

 2. Food/drink nourishment of choice when in design mode?

 Yerba Mate’ definitely gets creative juices flowing in the A.M. Afternoons and evenings- Red wine... If I did not have to feed my family, I could definitely survive on finger foods. 

3. Favorite designers? Fashion, interiors, jewelry, Art, Architecture? a few will do...

I have always loved Frank Lloyd Wrights’ organic interiors and architecture. I admire his ability to bring the outside in, his love of nature, clean lines and simplicity. He was a wild man, 
a true genius before his time. William Morris’ Textiles are timeless. 

4. What is your mantra/motto?

Hummm, So many…
“You do not need to have a lot of money to live richly” 
~ Jae Jennings
“One person’s craziness is another persons reality” 
~ Tim Burton
"Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or do without."
~ Old New England Saying

5. How do you define a Burlap Harlot? What makes you one?

A Burlap Harlot beats to her own drum, She makes her own rules, She prefers the charm of all things old, rusty and chippy with a story to tell, things with a soul as opposed to the high sheen and luster of polished brand new Cherry wood or meaningless junk made in China.

6. What inspires you?

I am inspired by others, nature, music, textiles, color, wabi ~ sabi (the Japanese art of imperfection) My husband and kiddos daily ~ they 'keep me keepin on'. 
Life itself is an ongoing creative process. 

These days I work as a freelance designer out of my home studio. I have been in a chapter of my life called:
'Watching the babes and vegetables grow' 

  You can find more of Jae's creative shenanigans Here:

{Jae Jennings} 

Organic, naturally inspired flower designs 

Wedding& Event Venue

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The faces behind the B.H.S.

Next up: Our very beautiful AND talented 
Ursula A. Guderian
{Mystical Harlot, Grounding Ethereal Muse}

I was born in Mt. Shasta, raised in Northern California and currently live in Igo. I attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco then returned to the North State area where my realization for creating jewelry was inspired. Art has always been a healing entity for me and I put forth that energy in my work. I create a line of "One of a Kind" and Limited Edition jewelry. I translate ancient and other worldly influences and images into unique, elegant contemporary creations. My jewelry is designed to touch all with a captivating mysticism. My intention is to provide a piece of art to wear that represents an extension of one’s self. The time that I spend on my work is always limited. My interests in life are my art work, my family and raising my 4 dogs.

Coffee Talk with Ursula
1. What is your earliest memory of knowing  you had an itch for design?

When I was 26 my friend, Erika and I were at Shasta Lake hanging out on the shore line taking in the Sunshine and visiting. She had brought with her some beading supplies and we started to "create". I remember how it brought such calm to me and how at that moment I had realized that I needed to get back in touch with my creative side.

2.  Food/drink  nourishment of choice when in design mode?

It depends entirely on the time of day. If it is in the morning/early afternoon, I will drink Herbal Tea. If it is in the late afternoon or evening I will be drinking Red Wine. Always Red. Red till I am dead baby. Red till I am dead. ;)

3. Favorite designers? Fashion, interiors, jewelry, Art, Architecture? a few will do...

Ralph Lauren. The late great Alexander Mcqueen. Donna Karen Love her work. I would have to say that Mr. Lauren is my top favorite. He has the ability to inspire me with just a swatch of fabric!

4. What is your mantra/motto?

Being intimately connected with every step in the creative process. Art, to me, has to be the end result of ones true passionate pursuit. To create something that is an extension of ones soul. I do tend to lean towards creating pieces inspired from an archeological object or a period in time.

5. How you you define a Burlap Harlot? What makes you one?

 ~ A free spirit, Opting to pop that cork
 on that lovely 2005 Mouvedre early 
in the day just to savor a moment of pure 
bliss. It's smiling, when you know someone 
is wrong,and saying "I never did mind 
about the little things."

6. As a designer what moves you? Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration from all kinds of venues. Landscapes, movies, magazines and most importantly, History. The movies "Troy" and "300" were packed with all kinds of creative ideas!

 7. How would you describe your creative process?

Visual stimulation comes in via: Landscapes, movies etc. Then, usually between 3:00-6:00 a.m. it hits me! My mind will pull together a piece from stored ideas and images. This is truly the initial  "raw" creative moment for me.

Designs Can Be Found At The Following Elite Locations:

~ The Velvet Loft
1790 California Street
Redding, CA

~ Faccia Bella beauty room by Appt. Only
3609 Bechelli Lane, Ste D Redding, CA

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Who are the Burlap Harlots?

Introducing. . . .  Mrs. Monica Templeton {Head Harlot}

Wife of sweet man & mom of 3 lovelies.   
Prop-stylist, Interior rehab & Decor junque~y,
Up-cycling & Re-styling Furniture, 
God lovin, Jill of all Trades-Mistress of none. 
Hates shopping. Loves junque-ing.

Coffee Talk with Mo.....

1. What is your earliest memory of knowing  you had an itch for design?

Being the youngest of 6, raised by a single mom who worked long days during the summer months, I would sometimes hop on my bike & ride all around the South Bay.
I was always intrigued by  neighborhood homes & would ride for hours through various communities such as Japan town or near the university admiring  craftsman-style bungalows, victorians, ranch-style, or English tudors. I remember loving the way the light played on these houses, while riding home as the sun set, to get home before dark. I would imagine interiors & draw constantly during these long summer days as a kid.

2.  Food/drink nourishment of choice when in design mode?

Coffee.  Adding cream makes it a meal.

3. Favorite designers? Fashion, interiors, jewelry, Art, Architecture? a few will do... 

Ralph Lauren for his classic clothing & interiors.  
Alphonse Mucha for his gorgeous 
Art Nouveau paintings.  
Nancy Meyers for her beautiful set designs.

4. What is your mantra/motto?

 Have nothing in your house that you 
do not know to be useful 
or believe to be beautiful.  
~William Morris.

5. How you you define a Burlap Harlot? 

  A Burlap Harlot has taste... But not always the money.  
Not to be confused with cheap.  
Burlap is an inexpensive textile. 
 But given enough pizazz, & a little ingenuity, 
Burlap can look like a million bucks.  
That's what a Burlap Harlot does. 
She creates beauty from discarded or unloved objects.  
Salvaging, restoring, altering... 
Breathing a new life into abandoned goods & creating beauty for all to enjoy!

6. As a designer what moves you? Where do you find inspiration?

 Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. My husband's warmth. 
My childrens' chatter & laughter.  
Fresh coffee. Good wine. Sunday dinner.

I find inspiration in pretty much everything; 
Classic movies, music, farmers markets, flea markets, 
thrift shops, coffee shops, cafes, 
restaurants, art, images, & nature.  
(I do love certain movies for their set designs)...

Thanks Mo. 
You can find More of what Monica is up to here