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Thoughts of Love from our Friends!

Customer Love

While we love painting, color and all those wonderful things that make Sloop Jones Artwork what it is, what really warms our hearts is when YOU are happy with your purchase!  When we hear or read your thoughts of love, it helps us remember why we love what we do.  Thank you times infinity plus one. Check out this email we got from our friend Robert Prickett yesterday, and his purchase was almost a year ago!!! So much love to you Robert, you are a gem, and you are STYLING!   We also heard from our friend Kathy Kennedy over Facebook, who showed us pics of her incorporating Sloop’s art into her art.  Absolutely beautiful.  We so love seeing photos and hearing your heartwarming words.  Keep the flow of love coming you vibrant and amazing lovely people!  You are awesome.  Check out Kathy and Robert’s words:

Purple Camp Shirt!


I hope this finds you well and that your business is good.
Karen framed and printed this picture for me as a birthday gift. It’s such a good one, I thought I’d share it with you.  Nothing I have ever worn has inspired people, even strangers, to stop me and comment on my apparel, but from the time I bought this shirt, last December 9, starting on island the next day, it happens , literally every time I wear it! People only have things to say about the purple shirt, so it appears your  instincts about that color on a man have been validated!
We’re looking forward to seeing you again next month,  and if you have any other “experimental” colors you want try on me, I’m game!
Best regards,

“I made pillows out of my Sloop Jones quilting scraps I purchased in March at the shop
I accidentally cut the piece on the left and had to make do
If I have my way, my whole cottage will be draped in Sloop Jones Art” – Kathy Kennedy😀

Quilt Squares in Bolsters
Quilt Squares in Bolsters

Kathy's beautiful pillows with Sloop Squares Kathy's Art with Sloop's Turtle

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Reflecting on images of past work, I see how my work starts with movement.

From an unrecalled story, I recall a line

“starting immediately

pick up the first thing you encounter.”

I’ve embraced that idea.

I grab whatever to start my work.

To begin to make a mark.


I keep this image central in my studio.

Important emotions  balance  respect energize.

Remind me to be lite, be in the moment.

Past is past, Future is a ?

Now is the present.

I seldom sure where I am going the first marks.

With  time  an image and purpose evolve.

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Rainbows are free

Suddenly there are rainbows popping.
Thank you SC. The rainbow is liberated.
We can all embrace the fullness of its light.

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2 x 3 rainbow rag  rugs

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Full Rainbow T with stretch

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Partial Rainbow T with stretch

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Partial Rainbow with stretch.

cool v neck T


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Partial Rainbow with mermaid

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Full Rainbow shorts

Cotton Guaze where them

 swim  in them

sleep in them

nice .

from Guate!

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La Sirena T’s Bags Garden Signs




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 We did a collection of men’s t’s.

 Sloop Logo back,   a turtle front over our Splash colorway.

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turtle front, sloop logo back. colorway splash

Next I found a group of bags to work

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tote bags, one shoulder bag
tote bags, one shoulder bag

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After that I wondered what to do with some signs.

I want to  put these on the East End road.

For now, I settled on the garden wall.

for the garden
for the garden

Remember the “Burma shave” signs along the road in the 60’s?

4 signs, one message
4 signs, one message

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We decide to auction off this sign which was hanging at the Coral Bay triangle.

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Then I finished a group of mermaid T’s.

On Hi Lo tissue fabric, others on vneck T & men’s T’s.

Each print slightly different.

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men’s t’s, Hi Lo tissue t,
v neck t

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now it’s saturday.

off to play on a roof

hanging a dish.

satellite ishes
satellite ishes

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Sun, Sea & Sails: The Evolution of a Design

working on a commissioned piece today.   looking thru photo files.

so much there which i have forgot.

When Maggie Day asked for a new sign at Concordia Eco Resort, i walked the property.  Sun sea and land spoke.


It evolved from painted rugs  1999.

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each one different. common theme.






buildings inspired by Charlotte Amalia.



found its way onto shirts


cards, and


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Eventually it became one of our best sellers RED SAILS.








Jeff and Martha Toomey covered wall with the concept.


Now I notice it is not a design on our web page.

Some many.

Wonder why this one is still here?



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News of St. John Article about our workshops.

Sloop Jones Workshop

Published 12/11/13 News of St. John

                     Sloop Jones Celebrates 25 Colorful Years on St. John with Shirt of Art Workshops


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By Andrea Milam, Special Contributor to News of St. John

There’s no shortage of natural beauty on St. John; that much is clear. But what is there to do when that natural beauty is dampened by rain, or

when you need a respite from the blazing Caribbean sun?

Head to the tranquil East End and create some beauty of your own at one of well-known St. John artist Sloop Jones’ Shirt of Art workshops, held right at Sloop’s studio.

In honor of his 25 years in business, Sloop recently kicked off this series of workshops, where guests are welcomed into his studio and taught to embrace their inner artist while learning about color and making their own hand-painted clothing using Sloop’s own tools.

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Frequent Shirt of Art students John and Susan Dawson, who live on St. Thomas and in Utah and have been customers of Sloop’s for nearly his entire 25 years on St. John, rely on the workshops to entertain their island visitors.

The word has gotten out among their friends and family, and those who haven’t visited recently are already asking to go to a Shirt of Art workshop on their next visit.

“We’ve got people like my nephew who heard about Sloop’s workshop from previous guests, and he says it’s a must-do for his next visit,” says Susan. “Our guests are loving it.”

As frequent students of the workshop, John and Susan have been pleased to find variety in each lesson they attend.

“The format has changed a little bit every time we’ve been there,” says John. “I don’t find it repetitive at all. They’re not just cookie cutter workshops; they’re tailored to the people who come and their interests.”

And as the Dawsons fill their home with hand-painted polos shirts, welcome mats, cushions, and more, Sloop is effectively passing on his skills to the next generation of artists.

“I invite everyone to spend a morning of creative discovery coloring inside and outside the lines,” says Sloop.

To learn more about Sloop Jones and his workshops, please visit

Andrea Milam is a freelance writer and communications specialist who has lived on St. John since 2005. You can learn more about her by visiting


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About Sloop Jones December 2012

Sloop Jones

places to go complete

Barbara and Sloop
Barbara and Sloop


To Celebrate

Dancing for joy on STJ.
Dancing for joy on STJ.

To brighten your days.

Together with friends 


2011 ?
Boston 2011
Sailing 1990"s
Sailing 1990″s
Peter Bay St. John 2012
Peter Bay St. John 2012

Sloop mixes his paint from scratch

lime orange pink and a lilac
lime orange pink and a lilac
Warm/cool primaries
Warm/cool primaries

Each garment is painted by hand

Barcelona 2012
Barcelona 2012
December 2012
December 2012

Cotton, linen and tencel,  and  other natural fibers.

Modal top, 1x1 rib tank
Rayon coverup,, 1×1 rib tank
Modal  3/4 sleeve Coverup
Modal 3/4 sleeve Coverup

Comfort and Style guide our garment choices.

Cotton  Wrap 2009
Cotton Wrap 2009
Lime Wash/ Blu Guad
Lime Wash/ Blu Guad
Men's Tropical Gauze peach
Men’s Tropical Gauze Shirt painted  Peach
Modal Coverup Periwinkle
Modal Coverup Periwinkle
Our clothes are machine washable
Red Sails
Red Sails

Our paint out lasts the threads

Painted in 1990Photo taken in 2011
Painted in 1990
Photo taken in 2011

Sloop Jones is more than clothes

Beaming heart
Beaming heart

We have workshops where you to paint your own while learning to mix colors

Paint your own T shirt
Paint your own T shirt
Blu and yellow don't make green.
Blu and yellow don’t make green.
4X6 Flat Weave Cotton Rug
4X6 Flat Weave Cotton Rug


Concordia Resort Entry sign.  2009
Concordia Resort
Entry sign. 2009
Private. U.B. Ware
Private. U.B. Ware


Wall hanging in Wild Jasmine VillaSt. John VI
Wall hanging in Wild Jasmine Villa
St. John VI
Bongo Bongo St. John
Bongo Bongo St. John

St. John Wedding  Men’s Tropical Gauze Shirts

Wedding 2008
Wedding 2008
Peter Bay St. John 2012
Peter Bay St. John 2012

For Performing Artist‘s

Sea Cruz Band
Sea Cruz Band
Beverage coolers 2007
Beverage coolers 2007

We are happy to color our friends lives

Fernando Paul and DorothyAdios paul!
Fernando Paul and Dorothy
Adios paul!

Thank you! 

Be peace and good today
Be peace and good today