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Hot silk dyes, cool results

Experimenting with new processes in color makes for a really fun collection of spring scarves!


16 April 2010 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

It’s here! I’m published!


Well, my advance copy is here . . . although the book won’t be available until January.  It’s called Paper Cuts and it’s a beautiful how-to book with project photos, directions, and patterns for 35 paper cutting projects.  Four of them are mine!
Publisher: Lark
Published: January 2010
128 pages
ISBN: 1-60059-512-X
ISBN13: 9781600595127
$17.95 US, $23.50 Canadian

I’m really humbled to be in the company img662of these designers, ‘cause all of the projects are beautiful and some of them are just incredible.  My submissions are relatively simple.  Hopefully, they’ll help get beginners started!  Here’s a sample page from the book, showing one of the projects I submitted.



I’ve also got lots of Scherenschnitte decorations and ornaments in my Etsy shop if you’re not ready to make your own.

27 November 2009 at 8:15 am 4 comments

Centerfest, Durham, NC, Sept. 19-20

Centerfest is one of the bigger juried shows around North Carolina, and it’s happening this weekend.   That’s one of my scarves in the poster below . . . cool, huh?  I’ll be in booth E13, so come by and say “hi,” or “hey,” if you’re so inclined.


18 September 2009 at 10:53 am 1 comment

Beating the Heck out of Silk

When I first started working with Marcia-the-Mentor, I was astonished at how much she’d do to a piece of silk before she called it finished.  Now she’s got me doing it.

warmcharm3 This started out as a pink scarf that I overdyed with purple.  I used soy wax and batiked leaf shapes over it, then dyed it a darker purple.

I hated it.

I gave it a warm bath in thiox and as the pink and purple were removed, the scarf became pale orange and beige. 

I cut some shapes out of clear contact paper and stuck these to a blank silk screen.  Using Procion MX dyes thickened with sodium alginate, I made a dye paste to use on the silkscreen and made three color passes over the entire scarf:  one yellow, one orange, one a very greyed-out purple.  I just listed this piece at my Etsy shop.

screen1 To the left is the screen I used.  I blocked off one side with paper and duct tape and used only half the screen at a time. 

I later used the larger shape on the left of the screen to use the same process on another silk scarf I wasn’t happy with, pictured below and listed at my shop on 1000Markets.

coolcharm3 This one was done in cooler shades, using the same greyed-out purple dye as well as a yellow-bronze color, and just a touch of pink.

Both of these scarves feel wonderful; I think the hand of the silk softened with each process, although it’s still as strong as ever.   As always, they’re colorfast so you can handwash them in the silk with a little Woolite, or by machine on the gentle cycle.  Drip dry, then touch up with an iron. 

4 June 2009 at 7:07 pm 2 comments

Using Silk Prints

I recently discovered the Etsy shop of The Whimsical Peacock, a supplier of fabrics and print panels who has had a lot of Etsy success with over 400 sales.  She’s mastered the process of printing full color pictures on silk habotai panels without changing the hand (or feel) of the silk.  I’ve purchased a few things from her and have used some of Boticelli2them on scarves. 

The compulsive art historian who lives within me needs to identify the artists, but hasn’t had luck with all of the prints, yet.  The beautiful face above is a detail from the Botticelli painting, Venus and the Three Graces, which hangs at the Louvre.   I fused this graceful image onto a scarf I made from complementary colors of buff and peach colored yardage.  It is for sale at The Joyful Jewel in Pittsboro, NC. 

The colorful silk charmeuse scarf at the left features Alphonse Mucha’s Study for the North Star.   Mucha was a very prolific Art Nouveau artist.  His distinctive women are frequently reproduced in ads, which is the purpose he originally painted them for.  This scarf is listed at my Etsy shop

You’ll have to visit the Black Hills of South Dakota to see the last two scarves in person, as they will be sent to the Dakota Nature and Art Gallery at the end of the month.  To the left is a toast-colored iridescent scarf featuring a print of Alphonse Mucha’s Moet Champagne label.  It’s also embellished with decorated with oil sticks and gutta.  The orientalized woman at right looks like a Thomas Dewing . . . or Hughes?  or Waterhouse?   Obviously, I haven’t identified her yet, but I think she looks quite at home set within the forest I painted behind her.   moet3  forest3

Any budding art historians out there will be eager to use the Smithsonian’s wonderful research tool on American Art.  Joan of Art  tried to identify the last image for me but, alas, she didn’t have any luck either. 

29 May 2009 at 12:26 am 3 comments

Pittsboro ArtWalk, May 3rd

I’ll have all my silk paintings, scarves, shawls, hats and bags for sale at the Pittsboro First Sunday Artwalk today from noon – 4:00pm. If you’re around central North Carolina, come and see me! I’ll be right next door to the General Store at The Joyful Jewel. Map


3 May 2009 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

Chrome on Silk

bigblack3 A woman I worked with years ago asked if I could paint a motorcycle on a scarf for her sister.  After I’d sprayed tea all over myself laughing, I told her no, that wasn’t something I did.  But then I got to thinking . . . how fun could that be?  I’ve always loved using cognitive dissonance exercises to get the wheels turning when I’m looking for ideas for my silk or my writing.  What better illustration of improbable cognitive dissonance than chrome on silk?

It turned out beautifully, and her sister was thrilled.  I did another recently and posted it on my Trunkt portfolio.  A gallery owner outside Sturgis South Dakota saw it and commissioned me to make more for her to have on hand for this summer’s motorcycle convention there.  3cycles

I ended up with a portfolio of motorcycles and it dawned on me that I really needed a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning to do homage to my hero, Richard Thompson. 

So, here’s my Vincent on silk, still on the silk stretcher.  The white grains in the sky are salt, which will make a starry pattern in the sky.   Vincent

Says Red Molly to James, “That’s a fine motor bike.  A girl could feel special on any such like.” 
Says James to Red Molly, “My hat’s off to you, it’s a Vincent Black Lightning 1952.  Well, I’ve seen you at the corners and cafes, it seems.  Red hair and black leather’s my favorite color scheme.”
And her pulled her on behind and down to Boxhill they did ride.  

Sigh.  I don’t like story songs as a rule, but I sure love this one.

23 April 2009 at 5:44 pm 4 comments

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