Textures Of Textiles


August 28, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Susan Harris' life certainly imitates her art. The Connecticut-based artist's life is all about her textile business, SeaCloth. The business and accompanying store of the same name in Greenwich, co-founded by marketing executive Deirdre Halper, features an extensive collection of textiles, all based on Harris' watercolors, as well as a line of home furnishings and decorative accessories.

Launched in 2003, SeaCloth has grown to offer five distinctive collections, each based on Harris' works and each reflective of nature's ever-changing moods. The newest collection, Sconset, with its palette of aqua, pink, lavender and yellow, mixed with tones of sand and driftwood, offers a subtler, more muted color selection than SeaCloth's other collections. Patterns include florals, leaf motifs, waves, stripes, geometric designs and solids. SeaCloth offers Sconset draperies, linens, pillows, tablecloths, throw blankets, trays and even trash cans (fabric surrounds the can). Prices range from $8 for a small bowl to $35 for a set of four cloth coasters to $125 for an extra-large throw pillow.

For information on purchasing SeaCloth items, call 203-422-6150 or visit www.seacloth.com.

Going digital

So you finally joined the 21st century and bought a digital camera. You've been taking pictures of everything -- your summer trips, the kids at camp, the older kid leaving for college, your garden, your sleeping cat, the grass growing. You name it, you've snapped it. But your pictures just aren't very good. Between the blurred images and the red eyes, you're in need of some tips. Technology writer Kim Komando offers these hints on snapping better shots with your digital camera:

* Since digital cameras work a little slower than regular cameras, prepare for that perfect shot by pressing the shutter button down halfway. When you snap the button the rest of the way, the camera will shoot immediately.

* If your camera has a pre-flash flash, learn to use it. It will alleviate red eye.

* For more attractive shots, snap pictures of children down at their level, work in early-morning light for a soft, dreamy effect and move your subject if the background is too busy or distracting.

* If you've got a built-in telephoto lens, consider putting the camera on a tripod, because long lenses are susceptible to movement. No tripod? Set the camera atop a wall or other stationary object.

Zoning out the dog

You love your dog more than anything. But gosh, she's a little terror. Gets into everything. Rips apart pillows. Eats your shoes. Basically considers your home her big, comfy playground.

If you can't afford hiring a dog trainer to break her of her little habits, try the new Innotek Zones Pet-Proofing Barriers. The Zones system keeps pets away from objects or areas in the home. The dog's collar communicates with a disc-shaped unit (shaped like a smoke detector). The unit sounds a tone and sends a painless tingling sensation to the dog's collar when she gets close to the off-limits area. Dog owners can place the units anywhere -- around trash cans, planters, kitchen tables, furniture, closets and more. The transmission area is up to 12 feet in diameter.

The Zones system sells for $99.99 at L.L. Bean, PetSmart and Target. Call 800-826-5527 or visit www.innotek.net.


* Hand-blown glass pieces by top glass blowers from Murano, Italy, will be on display at ZYZYX!, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, through Wednesday. Call 410-486-9785.

* See the exhibit Vacations on Canvas, paintings by gallery artists at Andrei Kushnir Michele Taylor American Painting, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City, through Sept. 4. Pictured is Jack Hannula's oil Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Florence. Call 410-465-4467.

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