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.
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.