I Won a Blue Ribbon!
I entered the North Carolina State Fair this year. They couldn’t figure out what category I should be in, since there isn’t a whole lot of hand-painted silk submitted for competition, so on the morning I dropped my piece off I got quite a tour of the fairgrounds and talked with lots of fair people while they were setting up. That in itself was worth the effort. You just don’t see some of those people anywhere other than the state fairgrounds. One day I need to make a painting of the gentleman in the shiny Sunday shoes, flannel shirt and nylon running pants held up by suspenders. I’m still smiling.
My shirt is constructed of varied types of silk painted with silk dyes in motifs of water, moon and ginkgo leaves. The sleeves are made from a length of hand-loomed cotton I bought in India and dyed with blues and greens. Sewing the piece was the really difficult part for me, since neither my sewing machine nor my sewing skills were up to the task.
When the fair ends and I pick up my blue ribbon next week, the shirt will again be listed for sale in my Etsy shop.
At right is a picture of a blue ribbon eel. He has nothing to do with this article, but I thought he was beautiful so I hope you enjoy him, too!