Cliff House Gallery
Cliff House Gallery is tucked away in the corner of the far west side of Fort Worth overlooking lush woods and pastures. It's the home of Pamela Summers and Raymond Rains, local artisans who specialize in ceramics and blown glass, respectively. On their lovely property they've created a garden with winding stone footpaths, indoor/outdoor workshops and an interesting gallery space to show off their wares. But today the attraction was Ms. Alice Dale, who has what appears to be my dream-job: traveling (and shopping) the world for interesting textiles and objects, then selling them to finance her further travels. Not a bad setup, I must say!
After raising two sets of children and a divorce, Ms. Dale moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico about 10 years ago. She told me she scooped the African trading bead phenom early on and made quite a bit of money selling her jewelry designs (one of which she's wearing in a photo below). She has a boutique there in sunny Mexico where she sells her creations and textiles from all over the world.
At the gallery she was showing some interesting textiles from South America, Vietnam, Cambodia and of course, Japan. There was one sakiori obi and a vintage bolt of shibori cotton, shown below, that I would have snagged in a heartbeat had I not been so penniless.
(WARNING: pics below open into insanely huge, high-resolution photos!)
Interesting vintage shibori bolt
While at Cliff House, I was interested to learn that they have a raku kiln! No pottery was on display, unfortunately, but they have a "raku" party in December, so I'll definitely be checking back!
View from Cliff House Gallery
Ms. Alice Dale Kimsey
Red rinzu jyuban (under-kimono)
Some fun vintage hagoita, a sort of badmitten racket, and miscellaney
A shibori wonderland...
Obi odds & ends
Breath-taking embroidery on this padded kimono
Bags and beads by Jewels Elite, another exhibitor
And more bags...
Ms. Dale had the most arresting aqua blue eyes!
All this has got me thinking on how I might do something similar. Dallas defintely NEEDS a Japanese antique source and I'm just the person to do it...but first I need to do a little work... Of course there are issues of money, time & distance - but compared to these relatively modest concerns, my biggest hurdle is emotionally letting go of some of the items in my collection! Auuughh!!!