This pull-through scarf is a reflection of my love affair with the color blue. Blue is the most often-cited favorite color by people, but I think my adoration is on a whole new level. Most of my clothes are blue, a large portion of my fiber and fabrics are blue, and walls in my house are blue. I was doubly inspired when I discovered a vendor on Etsy who has Pantone-dyed the blue of Dr. Who’s Tardis. Character aside, it’s a lovely, rich shade of blue.
I’ve showcased the color by playing it — in the form of merino roving — off the sheen of mulberry silk and white merino. I’ve sandwiched the silk between two layers of merino in a cobweb style, which allows the silk to provide texture and color as it peaks through the thinner layers of merino. This scarf is fully reversible with a wonderful sheen and amazing subtle variation in color. It is light, soft, versatile, stylish, and it works to both add style and keep a chill off when pulled through.
I love the geometric patterns that are frequently found in textiles throughout the world. This bag was inspired by this geometry, and is accented by using recycled sari silk from India. Using a modified shibori technique, I’ve embedded white merino ovals amongst folded and layered Indian silk, which itself features a subtle geometric pattern. On this, layers of exotic fibers including top merino, Tibetan yak, bamboo, and more silk give the blue and purple colors of the silk an iridescent blue, green, and purple hue.
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Koi ponds and lily ponds are a large source of inspiration for my work. Growing up in south Florida I spent many an afternoon gazing into the murky waters of a lily pond that was behind the building we lived in. It was a serene and quiet place, and I loved to watch the goldfish, water lilies, dragonflies, and more for hours on end.
This one-of-a-kind scarf or wrap was inspired by the vibrancy of the peacock feather; this is evident in the round, multi-dimensional peacock “eyes” and the subtle use of blues, greens, black, and iridescent in the pieces. The scarf is accented at the edges by a more ethereal combination of blues, whites, and oranges, with fine lines of mulberry silk.
The fibers used include silk chiffon, mulberry silk, dip-dyed Teeswater lamb locks, and top merino. This scarf also includes metallic blue threads of angelina; these threads are very fine and subtle and lend a subtle accent to the piece.
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This scarf was made from recycled silk saris. I purchase used 100% silk saris from India; some are stained with ink, some have runs and snags. I work around these areas and upcycle the used saris into new scarves and garments so the beautiful silk can live another new life. For you, perhaps? Originally I made three of these, this one is the only one left.
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