Happy Holidays!

To all my blog/newsletter readers, Facebook friends and followers, admirers and purchasers of my work - thank you! Your support has meant so much to me. And a special thank you to all who thought enough of my work to share it with someone as a gift!

As an especially contentious year comes to a close, I'd like to send you this wish ~

 

On another note, I'm happy to say that I got my online Felt Scarf Shop up and running last week! Although it and my Silk Scarf Shop are "on holiday" until the beginning of the year, you can go ahead and make a purchase now to reserve the scarf, and I'll ship it as soon as I return home the first week of January.

Meanwhile, you can find my scarves in person at:
Village Art Circle, Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary NC 27511. (Silks only)
Gallery 311, 311 W. Martin St., Raleigh NC 27601. (Silk and felted)
Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsborough NC 27312. (Silk and felted)

Thanks for reading... see you next year!

 

Revamping my Online Scarf Shop!

When I first set up my website several years ago, the options for designing my online Scarf Shop somewhat limited, and I was never really happy with it. (I use a template from Squarespace).

Quite by accident, I discovered that Squarespace had updated their shop options. After much procrastination (you're dealing with the Queen Procrastinator here) - "I don't wanna do all that work right now!" -  I finally dived in and have been feverishly re-listing all the scarves that I have in stock, in the hopes of snagging some Christmas shoppers! Here are some of the scarves I have available -

I'm happy to say that I have indeed made some sales since doing this re-modeling! If you've visited my online shop before, you know that it was a bit confusing! Now each individual scarf has it's own listing, and its photo will show up in your shopping cart. Check it out!

For now, only the silk scarves are listed... I'm still working on adding the felted ones. In the meantime, if you're interested in a felted piece, I have most of them in my Cary NC studio... you're welcome to come by... just contact me.

My last day for taking online orders to ship in time for Christmas gifts will be Wednesday December 21st. I'm afraid I'm unable to take any custom orders at this time.  You're welcome to come pick up your scarf if you're in my area... I'll refund the shipping cost if you paid online. More shipping info here.

You can also find my scarves at:
Village Art Circle, Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary NC 27511. (Silks only)
Gallery 311, 311 W. Martin St., Raleigh NC 27601. (Silk and felted)
Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St., Pittsborough NC 27312. (Silk and felted)

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.

hand painted  scarves water lilies

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.