Thursday, December 9, 2010
My favorite sea creatures are sea dragons. Yes, they are real. This 35" x 35" scarf has more on it than shown. It is very bright with gold resist lines. Looking at this silk just makes me feel contented. This one is sold, it was hard to say good-bye, but it went to a special lady.
My brother, Jack, walks near Occidental, CA with his hiking group every week. Then he gifts us with some of his awesome photos. I was inspired to group these together into a 12" x 60" silk scarf. This is traditional silk painting, I do not treat the silk first, so it is not like painting on canvas. Keeping it simple is important. Sold!
The latest rage in the calligraphy/art world is a design called Zentangles which is just doodling with an artistic eye. Usually they are done on a 3" x 3" square with a tiny pen. But it works for a silk design too. This scarf wears really well with a black outfit. Sold.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This one is 35"x35" and is a patchwork with alphabetical words. I used gold resist and enjoyed working with a limited palette. This silk may be the one I display at the Odyssey 2010 calligraphy conference in Boston. I used lettering that is monoline and irregular. P.S. Lettering on silk is a real challenge because your hand is squeezing the resist tube and is also up in the air. There is no way to rest your hand on the stretched silk--the resist must not touch anything underneath it or it will smear. Additionally, the silk must remain flat because if slanted, the resist will run. (This silk was the first item sold at the Calligraphy Conference in Boston!)
This weekend I spent some time filling up the silk display stand with 21 of my silks. Then I took the silks to my Cream City Calligrapher's Clinic and sold a few. I was so pleased that the stand fit into the car fully loaded and did not tip when the car had to turn or hit bumps. What do ya think?
Ah, how do I display silks that are 12" X 60" and large silks, 35" X 35? Problem solved. I had a tool maker design this acrylic, 24" diameter, display stand. The stand holds about 36 silks, and it is easy to take the silks out to look at them, to try them on, and then to return them to the stand. I think it looks like a giant snowflake. It also fits into my Rendezvous assembled.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I love the dragonfly detail for silk painting. This silk gave me trouble on the borders because the gutta was too thin, but it looks great now. What is art if not for the serendipity challenges!
This silk is a wall hanging measuring 35"x35". Fly, dragon, fly! Sold!
This is a close up of my lastest 60" x 12" silk scarf. It says Happy Birthday. I made two, look on the next page. This silk is made with gutta, not water-based resist, and the white lines are more crisp. It still had to be dry cleaned to remove the gutta. It's part of the process I don't care for. $120.00