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About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep

Washington State Flag, 1

My rendering of the Historic Flag, above. Below, the Historic Flag in the State Reception Room. We begin the process of replicating the Washington State Flag originally made by the Washington State chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution … Continue reading

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Conservation of Mason Monterey Tinoco Bedside Stand

We were to conserve and restore a Mason Monterey side table with the charming, funny and valuable Juan Tinoco horses on the drawer front.  This is a project that included conservation/preservation (cleaning dirt and mold from the paint, and affixing … Continue reading

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One Man’s Trash

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Originally posted on No Facilities:
Cherished Workshop Stool As I look around my workshop, I see hundreds of objects that are important to me. Some are favorite tools. Some are jigs and fixtures that I’ve made to make woodworking easier.…

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Creating Random Pattern in a Painted Finish

This is a European Pear wood, Louis XVI, French Empire Sofa from the mid-18th century. The image above is the way it appeared when it arrived in our studio. The frame was well-loved by generations though abuses by upholsterers and … Continue reading

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A Longer Video on Conserving the Eclectic Sofa

This slideshow shows the process (in abbreviated form) of conserving the Eclectic Victorian Tufted-Back Sofa.  There is an interesting story behind this and the two chairs that are part of  the set: stay tuned over the next few months for … Continue reading

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Real Men Spit Tacks

Real men upholsterers spit tacks. After all these years, it still creeps me out a bit — I see his cheeks bulge a specific way while he is having a conversation with me and I’ll peer at him as if … Continue reading

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Restoring Rothko (Tate)

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