Ode to Joy Apron


Sometimes you need full coverage. Our full-length aprons protect your clothes while keeping you in style. An absorbent blend of cotton and linen that gets softer with each wear and washing. Plenty of pockets for organization. Brass hardware makes sizing adjustments a cinch. Generously sized cotton waist straps. Each apron comes with a coordinating List-It notebook; sized perfectly for checking things off your to-do list. We like to mix things up, so these aprons include two variations in pattern play. Simply pick from the large-scale pattern as the primary material with the smaller scale as the pockets or the reverse.

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Pattern Story

Years ago my son’s interest in mathematics inspired me to translate numbers into a color algorithm. I assigned colors to digits and charted out irrational numbers like Pi and Euler’s and found not only patterns, but also a certain cadence within the string of numbers. I thought I could apply the same technique to music and assigned a color to each note in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy for the Aspen Music Festival’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The palette on the cover was inspired by summers past and present listening to music on the great lawn outside of the tent. I started my composition with an informal grid to suggest a sheet of music. In order to emphasize the variation within each note and color, I gave each its own mark and saturation — so an individual note is a painting within itself. For example, the note A was inspired by aspen bark; E belongs to the wild grasses and C# is the mature olive green that rests in stem and leaf. Before my parents relocated to Woody Creek in 1979, their home was on Pitkin Green, now Willoughby Way, at the base of Red Mountain. At least once a week we would ford the Roaring Fork on large slick rocks, to picnic outside the music tent. Sometimes a bottle of wine or cheese or a baguette would slip out of a backpack and get fished from the river with great fanfare but the journey was always a cause for celebration. We would feast, listen and read, and when I grew restless I would explore the surrounding domesticated and wild landscapes. I love that listening to music under the aspens remains one of the valley’s most cherished traditions. It was a joy to celebrate both the music and the place in this painting.

Product Story

Life can be messy, but that should never discourage a true creative spirit. Our full length apron keeps you covered in a playful pattern while you dig into baking, painting, gardening, deep frying, barbecuing, or washing a muddy dog. And we put three pockets in a different scale of the same pattern so you can tuck in everything but the kitchen sink while you move about. One pocket is designed for those oversized cell phones, the other for our List-It notepad and pen to capture inspiration or to amend your to do list. And the third pocket — well that’s up to you, but maybe a harmonica, kazoo or dog biscuits?


A cotton-linen blend with the luxurious hand of linen and the durable, ease of cotton. 35% linen, 65% cotton.


Wash on gentle cycle with cold water to protect colors. Hang dry, do not wring. Iron or steam to remove wrinkles.



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