In the American southwest the importance of water, now and into the distant past, is not only a necessity, it is part of the very fibers of culture. Indigenous peoples who have farmed the land for centuries must now fight for the right to use what had been always theirs: water to irrigate their bean fields and other crops. This piece is a reflection of water running into brown, parched fields via historic irrigation ditches; let us not lose sight of the rights of those who came before us.
This piece is wet felted using blue faced Leicester; top merino roving; yarns spun from cashmere, alpaca, and merino; and Teeswater lamb lock accents.
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It’s fall in Santa Fe, and that means in the chilly evenings when I walk outside at night for one of my many peaks at the Milky Way, the smell of mesquite burning in a few home fire places is in the air. To say it is a magical experience would be trite; the scents of Santa Fe in all seasons are simply unmatched.
This piece is inspired by the mesquite and turquoise that are so tightly linked to this region. They feel like “home” to me in many ways, along with roasting green chiles, the smell of pine in the air, and blue corn. Wear this warm wrap with its pull-through design and you’ll feel these things, too.
The fibers used in this fully reversible piece include hand painted blue faced Leicester, a Mikado art yarn, and top merino. This piece is wet felted and shrunk for optimal drape and warmth.
The used sari from which this scarf was made has been used in other scarves, too! It speaks to the versatility of recycling material that may be stained, torn, and otherwise not usable as clothing.
This simple design and complementary colors make for a scarf that will blend wonderfully in a casual wardrobe, looking fantastic with jeans and a tee-shirt, or a pencil skirt and a smart sweater. It can also be used with a jacket to keep the chill off.
The fiber content is 100% sari silk, and merino top roving. This scarf will be for sale at the Recycle Santa Fe Arts Festival December 6th and 7th, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
When I first visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium several years ago, I fell in love with the kelp forest exhibit there. I am, admittedly, enthralled with all things “water”, but the kelp forest and its ecosystem inhabitants hold a special, magical place. I can almost believe that mermaids exist, for if they are going to be swimming and causing mischief anywhere, a kelp forest would be an intoxicating location.
“Neptune’s Repose” is the first in a series with the colors, images, textures, and visceral feel of the kelp forest ecosystem. A fine iridescent blue/green silk is nuno felted with a variety of fibers, including Teeswater lamb locks in an intoxicating green for fringe and kelp accents, hand-painted blue faced Leicester roving as kelp, steely blue and shiny mohair locks for schooling sardines, mulberry silk hankies for sheen, and an aquatic mix of blue faced Leicester, silk, and merino for accent.
This reversible piece, with its “painting” on one side and crinkled texture on the other, reflects the two-sided nature of the inspiration. The colors and fibers provide the final character of both sides, yet in very different ways, like the mythic nature of Neptune himself, and the nature of our ocean habitats.
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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