Getting Ready for Seawall Art Show this weekend

August 27 - 28 are the dates for Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth, VA - a new show for me. Booths are set up along High St., in the waterfront area of Portsmouth. So far the weather forecast looks good!

The Village Art & Craft Fair in Asheville a couple of weeks ago was quite successful, in spite of booming thunderstorms that crashed through on Sunday afternoon. But the "problem" with having a good show, is that there's a lot of stock to be replenished! So I've been chained to my studio, felting wool onto silk chiffon to create nuno felted scarves and shawls.

I've been having a bit of a love affair with a black-white-grey color palette lately - here are some of the results! These are merino wool and various yarns felted onto chiffon.

Well... I couldn't resist a bit of color after all... on this next scarf the black wool is embellished with multicolored yarn and silk fibers.

Show Hours for the Seawall Art Show are:
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

If you're in the Portsmouth area, do stop by! I'm in booth #31.

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Asheville's Village Art & Craft Fair is This Weekend!

Asheville, NC - One of my favorite places. This coming weekend, August 6th and 7th, is the Village Art and Craft Fair in historic Biltmore Village. This is the show's 44th year and is one of the more popular shows in the southeast. Whenever shoppers come into my booth, I ask them where they're from, and they really do come from all over!

The show takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls (which is worth a visit in itself!). Show hours are Saturday, 10 - 7 and Sunday 12 - 5.

I've been busy painting and felting scarves for the show - here are a few of my new nuno felted pieces.

These two scarves - more like shawls, really - started with a base of very sheer silk chiffon, onto which I felted merino wool and silk fibers. Including the dangles, these shawls measure about 15" x 70"-80"  a nice, generous size.

Sometimes you don't need a whole lot of scarf, you just want a smaller accent piece! These narrower scarves are still enough to keep you warm and provide a good shot of style! They are only about 7" wide.

In spite of the wool, these nuno felted scarves are very lightweight and can be worn almost year round.

Come visit beautiful Ashevillle - you'll find me in Booth #13 at the show - see the maps below!

New: Round Beach Towels With My Art!

Who doesn’t like a pretty beach towel?  Just in time for beach and picnic season, the folks at pixels.com are now printing artists’ work on beach towels! The newest and most popular ones are round. They are 60" in diameter and made from ultra-soft plush microfiber with a 100% cotton back. The image is printed on the front and the back is white. Tassels all around the edge complete the look.

They are pretty cool - here are some examples of my silk paintings printed on the round towels. You can find these and many more in my online Print Shop. You'll never lose your towel among the multitudes on the beach with these unique designs!

 

You can also get regular rectangular beach towels (32 x 64 in.) and beach sheets (37 x 74 in. ) too. Same fabric as the round ones -

 

And for carrying all your stuff, grab a Weekender tote bag! I love these - very stylish with a 1" rope cord handle that goes over your shoulder. The tote is made from soft, poly-poplin fabric and features double-stitched seams for added durability.   At 16" x 24", they can hold lots!

 

There are all kinds of other items that you can get adorned with my artwork -  art prints, greeting cards, phone cases,  throw pillows,  bath towels, t-shirts and even battery chargers! Check them all out at http://www.deborahyounglao.com/prints/

Variations on a Theme

If you're ever in a creative slump... and doesn't it happen to all of us... one of the easiest ways to clamber out of it is to start with a design you've already done, and just change a couple of things about it in the next piece, then make a a change or two in following piece, and so on. Before you know it, you have a series of new creations!

These five scarves nicely illustrate the progression of this process.

This one was the beginning of the series. The basic design is 3 colored stripes along the length of the scarf, bordered by grey on either side. Secondary patterns of lines or circles within each stripe complete the design.

 

No. 2 - here I changed the middle colors and my stripes and lines got more wavy and irregular. The circles moved from the outer grey border to the center stripe.

 

No. 3 was a simple change of colors for the inner stripe. I kept the open circles in the center stripe and added a subtle spiral design to the grey borders.

 

No. 4 still follows the pattern of grey on the outsides and colors in the middle. This time I made the circles in the center stripe solid instead of open, and added color to the grey borders. For the sake of harmony, I used the same colors as in the middle stripes to paint spirals along one edge and solid circles along the other.

 

Nothing subtle about No. 5! I liked the blue so much in scarf no. 3 that I decided to make it the main color along the edges in this one. It has a completely different feel to the others, with the bold primary colors dominating and the grey being just a small neutral accent... but it's still the same basic design as the first scarf.

Again I used the red and yellow from the middle stripes to make patterns in the blue... so now thanks to color mixing of the transparent dyes,  new colors (blue-violet and yellow-green) have been created. The other change is that the spirals have moved to the center stripe and the borders now have solid and open circles.

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into the creation of a series! With the concept of making simple changes from one the piece to the next, I could make an almost infinite number of scarves, each one being different from, but related to the others.

If you'd like to wear one of these scarves you can order from my online scarf shop, or visit Village Art Circle Gallery.

Same Design, Different Color Palette = Big Change in Look

Color and its effects are truly fascinating! In my silk scarf painting, I often repeat a design that I've done before, but use different color combinations and/or styles of painting to make each scarf one of a kind... and I thought I'd share some examples with you!

 For each of these pairs of scarves, I first drew a 'master' design on paper and then traced it onto different scarves, making variations as I went. I can never do the same thing twice, even when I'm just tracing...

Each of these two water lily scarves actually contain the same colors. But by changing the placement of colors and their ratios to each other, each scarf has an entirely different feel to it.

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These two water lily scarves measure 14 x 72 inches are are available in my website shop.

 

The four scarves below were all created from the same original idea - flowers scattered along a single border - but changes in color and of course the different flowers, make four totally different scarves.

The organic blending and patterns that are formed as the dyes move and dry on the silk also contribute to the uniqueness of each scarf. The dyes are unpredictable and never behave the same way from one time to the next... so even if I repeated adesign and color combination, I couldn't make it exactly like the original... believe me, I've tried!

The sunflowers and orchids have already been sold, but I'd be glad to create a new, similar scarf for you! Contact me or order from the shop.

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my creative process! It can be frustrating when the dyes don't do what I think they're going to do, but usually the surprises are good ones, and the only person seeing the 'mistakes' is me.