Neptune’s Repose

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.

I will be selling this piece during the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association fall show on October 24th and 25th in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Neptune’s Repose by Christina Keibler
Neptune’s Repose by Christina Keibler
Neptune’s Repose by Christina Keibler


Police Box Blue #1

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.
Police Box Blue #1
Mulberry silk, sandwiched between two layers of merino, provides lovely texture and sheen.
The different blues, white, and sheen of the silk make for a lovely piece!


Blue Bohemian Bag

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.

To see more photos of this bag, read more about it, or to purchase the bag, head HERE.
Blue Bohemian Bag