Author: Lucy Kagan

Hazel Issue 3 – Preorders via Kickstarter Close Tomorrow!

Check out the new issue of Hazel here!  We’re so excited to bring you the third issue, this time with a beautiful antique ivory paper, and 26 amazing contributors inspired by the theme: Magic Words. Today is the last day to preorder the zine via Kickstarter, and then it will be up in the shop. Check out the Kickstarter link above for details about this fabulous new issue. Another big piece of news for Hazel: this website will be closing, and I’m bringing the Hazel story to my personal website, LucyKagan.com . As you may have seen, this website is infrequently updated, difficult to navigate, and not really serving Hazel as well as the sites closer to my heart such as the Pinterest board and the @cottonbook Instagram page. The best source for Hazel content lately has been there, and will continue to be, so I’m working on creating a new part of my website where Hazel can thrive and grow. Following me on Instagram will be the number one way to get updates on …

Hazel Updates

Hi, everyone! I know it’s been a long time since we’ve seen some Hazel updates. Those of you who follow me on social media (@cottonbook on Instagram) know that Hazel issue 2 is out and available, and we’re getting started on Hazel issue 3 already. Unfortunately, that will be all the Hazel content available for now. Melissa has run out of time to add to this site a long time ago, and I don’t have the energy to maintain more than one or two social media channels. Please check out everything going on from our publications at the Cottonbook website or my Instagram for future updates. I look forward to having new people to collaborate with and new projects to do. Please reach out if you ever need anything from me! All Hazel issues & some commemorative pins available here! Best wishes, Lucy

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Hazel is Back!

After a long half-year or so, Hazel is ready to announce a new issue! This time, the zine edited and produced by Lucy Kagan features several different contributors, so we’re very excited to be able to make the official release before the week is through. In the mean time, we wanted to share with you some things  we’ve been enjoying while we were away. Rifle Paper Company’s fabric line with Cotton & Steel – I’ve always loved Rifle Paper Co., but this print they did for their fabric line is so gorgeous! I really want to make a dress out of it. These gorgeous vintage books we pinned to our Pinterest board – The inspiration for the new Hazel cover (and all things Hazel, really) came from these beautiful vintage book covers. If I wasn’t dedicated to having some variety on our board, I would pin all the pretty books I could find! A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – This should have been a recommendation I gave at least a year …

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Sewing Familiars: Mr. Finch

Making larger-than-life animal and insect sculptures, creating new and charming things from old rich textiles, having a beautiful sense of color and style, and creating new spaces for fiber arts are all things that I admire in and of themselves, but all together, they are incredible. Mr. Finch started his work creating a forest of hand-sewn creatures that have a storybook feel to them, and I quickly gained a fondness for his work. Now, the Yorkshire-based artist makes strange imagined creatures and mish-mashes of things that grow in the woods that inspire the imagination and seem to tell their own stories. It’s amazing to think he has no formal training in textiles, and perhaps will encourage you to try your hand at creating the world you see inside. http://www.mister-finch.com/

Book of Spells, featured on Hazel: Witches' Lifestyle Blog

Halloween Readings

Update: Melissa has been finishing the grad program for Fibers, and Lucy has just moved to Brooklyn! It’s been crazy busy with shipping out the zines and having full-time work, so we want to apologize for the lack of posts recently. We hope to amend that soon! Now, on to today’s post: I can’t believe it’s almost time for Halloween! All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints Day, and Day of the Dead all have wonderful history and traditions, mostly related to keeping away evil spirits (frightening them with scary costumes and masks) and paying respects to the those who have passed away. I’m sad to see October (my favorite month in my favorite season) go by, but I’m so excited for the festivities at the very end! Here are some nice mini-comics you can curl up with while you wait for the big day(s)! #1: Book of Spells (pictured above) Angelica Blevins’s little book with recipes and spells for things like Embarrassment, Friendship, and Good Dreams felt like the perfect accompaniment to Hazel. I think she …

Constellations in Stitches – Haptic Lab Quilting Kits

Humans have been looking to the stars for meaning for as long as we’ve been alive. Whether a heavenly reflection of the earth, a meeting place for the gods, or a good way to tell time and navigate, the stars have always provided to our inquisitiveness, and been a place for our imagination. So, seeing Haptic Lab’s constellation quilt kit (http://www.hapticlab.com/collections/diy-kits/products/diy-constellation-quilt-large also available already stitched by them) has inspired my awe and excitement. I have loved constellation and celestial patterns since they first started to become popular, and I don’t know if I can stop liking them. There’s a sense of magic, a reminiscence of staring up at a clear night sky in a very dark and quiet place, that enters the fringe of my thoughts and sparks joy in me. Quilting is such a good hands-on pastime, too, and the tactile nature and requisite attention to detail makes something that feels so rewarding when finished. I feel an affinity for processes that connect us to our pasts, and let us learn how to be …

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Wood-Sorrel – False Shamrock – Oxalis

Four-leafed clovers have long been considered lucky, but there are lots of reasons why the oxalis genus (containing 800 of the 900 wood-sorrel species) is one I’m fond of. Wood-sorrel has been eaten by many Native American cultures such as the Iroquois and the Potawatomi for various remedies (or just cooked with sugar for a dessert), and the roots of some species can be cooked and eaten, as well. As ornamental plants, Oxalis triangularis is a cultivar enjoyed by many under the name “love plant,” “false shamrock,” and “purple shamrock.” It is a perennial that requires bright sunlight with a cool temperature, though it can survive the heat, and gives tiny light purple flowers. I noticed my favorite part about it after drawing my Oxalis a couple of times for the zine – when I first drew it, the shape of the leaves seemed different to when I drew it at another time. After observing my Oxalis for a few days when I got home from work and when I woke up in the morning, …

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Crystals

From ancient times, humans have always been fascinated with clear reflective stones in their many colors. For many South American ancient cultures such as the Incans or the Chimu, the property of being clear and shiny, not being air or water, but something just like them, just like sunlight, this was what was far more valuable to them than gold. It seemed to be as close as one could get to light or life itself. Today, many of us wear them as decoration, still attached to their aesthetic properties, perhaps even just attached to their cultural value and status symbol, but less for spiritual or magic reasons. For many cultures, the crystals held magic, were a piece of the divine, or could be used in rituals to cast spells. You may have heard of the paranormal practice of crystal healing that lives on in alternative medicine communities, among pagans, and those who are attracted to the field. There is no scientific basis on which to make claims of its effectiveness, but a placebo effect can leave …

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Mouses Houses

If you grew up reading Beatrix Potter books or the Redwall series, if you built fairy houses in the woods, or if you played with little tiny creatures like the Sylvanian Families, perhaps you know the imagination and wonder of looking at the world as if you were very very small. I always loved finding new uses for bottle caps and marbles that maybe my Beanie Babies could use for something in their home, or that a fairy might enjoy. When I see the incredible attention to detail and craftsmanship of Maggie Rudy, I feel fully immersed into a little scene created just for joy and imagination to flourish. I love the soft commemoration of everyday moments, made wondrous and comforting that fill her blog, and her two works The House that Mouse Built and MousesHouses. I hope it makes a lovely start to your week to take a peak into her studio here and here.