Lately I've been asking my feathered friends about the secret lives of their #finenesting. I would like to start sharing those conversations here.
First up: My chat with Ashley Daly, co-owner of Retro Den, a vintage home store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and an avid collector of House Sparrow Fine Nesting pieces and workshops.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as eclectic, calming, colorful. I like to surround myself with things that are meaningful to me; it seems to help me keep better focused on the present and what really matters. I wake up and see a large vintage mirror I found down the street from my house at a yard sale, and it triggers the pleasure I had when I first found it.
Q: How does your House Sparrow piece(s) play into/elevate how you've put your style into play in your space?
A: Similarly, I also see my beautiful House Sparrow macrame mobile when I wake up, and I am greeted by all the thoughtful knots you tied. There is something empowering about living with a piece of art by a person you admire. Handmade pieces are imbued with the focus and care of the maker. It adds an undercurrent of creative energy and a satisfying sense of place.
I also have some quilted indigo shibori pillows I made out of fabric I dyed at a House Sparrow workshop. I feel really proud of them; it's really cool to know I made something so pretty. I did all the steps myself with the instruction of small business women in my town. Tasha taught me the shibori techniques, Owl and Drum helped me pair the colors, and Mary Perisho taught me to sew. Those pillows represent a lovely creative community I've been welcomed into, as well as a skill set I found within myself. Pretty great.
Tasha also taught me to hand quilt, so that is a talent I can use to make things for my friends and their children. I get to feel connected to a long line of women and artisans who practiced this craft. I like being a part of history and carrying this process forward. I am so thankful to Tasha for offering this instruction. I find it so deeply satisfying.
Q: What's life like with a House Sparrow piece?
A: Life with a House Sparrow piece is the strength and peace of age old skills passed on through generations. She teaches and creates useful artistic skills. I love that a gorgeous blanket also warms me, and the knots in a macrame piece could just as easily secure ropes on a ship, as they form a basket for my hanging plants. Tasha Ball knows the history and value of her craft, and she passes that pride on to her students and clients.
More from Ashley on her beautiful bedroom and minimalism vs. unfinished decorating on her blog.
(Family photo by Molly Thrasher)