I have been busy lately, with commissioned works. Earlier in the week I posted, to the Hilton Hotel gift shop in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 10 of my my handpainted sets….silk scarf with matching brooch which enable the wearer many styling options. Most of the brooches were my preferred landscape impressions but on two I painted images inspired by the colourful fish of the Great Barrier Reef.
Today I also completed another scarf (no brooch) on which I have been working as a sample requested by Griffith University, again in Queensland. The scarves they are considering are to have Queensland native flowers on them and the suggestion was the Waratah on a sample item. Ready to mail tomorrow.
A third commission completed is a blue wren on silk. What a novel idea from the couple asking for this as a special silk anniversary gift.
I have posted images of the watercolour miniatures which I love to do on silk so here is a way to wear them other than with the silk scarves which I paint to match. Here in Tasmania it is winter, with snow around some parts today, so I have opted for a warm jacket and a shrug kept neatly in place with a silk brooch. The brooch enables a variety of styling options and the shrug never comes undone or “misbehaves” causing unwanted bulges in an outfit or slipping down allowing the winter chill to creep in …… perfect winter accessory. Snuggly.
Warm shrug for winter….. with handpainted brooch featuring an original watercolour on silk miniature painting.
Crepe de Chine coat and handpainted silk large cabochon pendant
My first venture into having some of my silk works displayed on real models. This shawl has an allover leaf design in gold and copper… individually stencilled in “random” pattern. The shawlcan be adjusted to many styles with the hand painted and stencilled matching 57mm pin. The patterning does not show in ths photo but the lime green looks lovely. You can see more catwalk photos on my silk painting blog http://silkwatercolours.wordpress.com
This is one of the garments I will have in the Art 2 Wear fashion parade for Burnie Shines on October the 10th. See the others on my other blog Silk Art By Eve at http://silkwatercolours.wordpress.com
They are simple but very floaty and elegant. The fabric is so sensuous and the colours come alive when they are steamed.
So today was another busy silk painting day. This is currently my favourite art activity. Painting miniature landscapes/realistic to abstracted an silk using a watercolour technique. Using heat fix dyes/paints I aim to match or compliment the colour of the steam fix dyes used when painting the scarves. The large brooch can then be used to hold the scarf in place for a number of different looks or used to enhance a bag, hat, shirt or jacket lapel.
At the Makers Workshop in Burnie yesterday this lovely young lass tried one my silk shawl on for size. Made from 5 mommie silk they are wonderful for an elegant but not overdone wrap as the weather cools. I wore one recently to my niece”s and new nephew’s recent wedding (Cassie and Brentley Woods). A perfect day but quite hot and I knew it would be too cool for me later. The handpainted silk shawl was the perfect solution. It is light, dressy, colourful, very feminine, does not overheat one in hot weather but provides amazing warmth for its weight as the temperature drops.
On Friday I sold a lovely “blues” one… primarily warm marine blue tending to purples and midnight blue with a touch of white and cyan creeping in to add life. The lady who purchased it will take it on the cruise she is going on. Mental images of standing on deck with the shawl fluttering and elegant dress for formal dinners and dancing. Perfect but she did not buy the matching handpainted brooch which can attach it in place to your clothing, so she had better hold on or tie it when on deck.