wearable art

New Scarves For Gift Giving

Connie and I have been very busy creating beautiful, hand dyed silk scarves for the perfect gift giving occasion. Sizes range from 6" x 40" to 8" x 45". All are priced at an affordable $35, to satisfy even the tightest budget this holiday season.

You can purchase them in Massachusetts at the following locations:
Salmon Falls Artisan Gallery in Shelburne Falls,
Skera Gallery in Northampton,
The Holiday Gift Show taking place at Greenfield High School, Friday Nov. 5th from 6 - 9pm and on Sat. Nov. 6th from 10am - 4pm. All proceeds go towards the Strings for Kids Program in the public schools.

They will also be available in NYC at
The American Craft Show Nov. 19, 20 and 21

And of course, one can always stop in at the studio showroom in downtown Greenfield.
More locations will be posted soon!

Here's a sneak preview. Remember that every scarf is a one-of-a-kind.

Scarves laid out in trays of dye.

Hidden under the dye are shibori wrapped and clamped silk scarves.

Scarves waiting to dry.

More scarves waiting to dry.

New Work

This is one of my latest pieces of wearable art. It is made from a very light weight china silk. I started with a 3 yard piece of fabric that was stretched on a frame. I then painted it with Setasilk textile paints.

The funny thing about this piece is that it all happen accidentally. I usually buy my spray bottles from Prochemical and Dye along with textile paints and dyes. The bottle I was familiar with was sold out. So I ordered something different. When I first started spraying, I was aghast that it was a dribbler!!

Of course I hadn't tried it out beforehand on a scrap piece of fabric. Not wanting to be wasteful, and always working with the assumption that if it is already bad, I might as well keep going, since there was nothing to loose, I continued.

Low and behold the dribble method of spraying created this wonderful effect. The secret was to wait very patiently for each layer to dry, before spraying on another layer of color. I also used a silk flower as a resist throughout the layers. Moving the resist around between layers created a lovely "ghost" image of the flower.The final step was to add the blue and pink foil.

I have gotten wonderful reactions to the jacket. It has been refereed to as my "Monet" or "Gustaf Klimt" jacket. People love the easy fit to this pattern. It was created by inserting large gussets in the side seams. With no button closer, it has the freedom to float around and behind your body as you walk. Very fun and luxurious!

I'll be bringing it with me to the Berkshire Arts Festival in Great Barrington, MA this July 2, 3, and 4. It is always a beautiful weekend to be in the Berkshires. I'd love to see you there!

One of a Kind Show New York 2009

Back from the One of a kind Show in New York City last week. It was so very cold! But as we walked through Columbus Circle every evening with the Christmas lights twinkling overhead and our steamy breath lingering in front of us it was magic. The show itself didn't bring many sales, but I understood from the start that it was going to be an information gathering show more than any thing else. Between the early morning seminars the show offered every day, and the wealth of information and ideas my seasoned booth neighbors offered, I feel it was definitely time well spent. The most informative seminars were one presented by a group called Hello Craft and one by Bruce Baker who talked about booth design and salesmanship!! Later he visited the booths of artists who were interested in a personal critique. All very, very helpful. The show also held daily fashion shows with real models, a runway and speaker. It was so exciting to see my clothing in that context.