Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where Did These Colors Come From?


I hung this shibori dyed silk devore outside to determine if it was a summer color.  That's what I was striving for.  Wanting to tone the complimentary colors, turquoise and red orange, I added a little of their compliment to each color.  Maybe the end blend leans a little towards fall, however, I think they will work just fine all summer.

Living a layered life, I enjoy the colors surrounding my Kentucky cabin.  My art to wear becomes a form of memoir! Perfect for a Kentucky Derby party. Shibori dyed, pole wrapped 44x44" silk devore using the Vinyl Sulphon dyes.  Following color theory I used analagous colors of blue, turquoise and green.  Edges are finished using the Bernina rolled hem adapter.  Finally after 10,000 hours, I think I have it down!  Available at Etsy.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Process spring and dripping art

The morning started with a watercolor sketch.  I'm working on developing a new strategy for coming up with colors of dye for my silk.  Lately there have bee lots of analogous colors.  Time to get more artsy.

It's always amazing what happens after I apply dye and the colors begin to drip.  A work of art all their own.  Today I photograph what almost looks an ocean coast topography.  Next time I might press a piece of water color paper on top.
This is the best time of the year for shibori dyeing.  It's nice to be outside and the colors are tender.  The fuchsia of the red buds, the greenest new grass and dog sleeping next to the picket fence creates the ambiance.  The charmeuse and devore silk on this shibori wrapped pole is dyed with two formulas.  One mixture of 1/2 c red orange and 1/4 t turquoise and another of 1/2 c turquoise and 1/4 t red orange.  There's something about adding a little compliment that takes the color to a new intensity.

This fuchsia and purple charmeuse gown finally made her way to Koi Gallery in The Galt House, Louisville, KY.  She's hot, simple and sensuous.  I think it's the perfect time of year for such self expression.

And if you can't get to her check out my etsy.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Home From Market

Home from Kentucky Crafted, The Market.  It is always exciting to prepare for, challenging to set up and exciting to showcase my shibori dyed Truly Wearable Art.  The show was  wonderful and I love to meet old and create new friends.  As soon as I get home I begin to envision what I want to create next, what to plan for the future and what to exhibit next year at the Market.  I only do one show a year.  The rest of the time focus on boutiques and galleries, and love to work one to one.  Email me if you have an idea.

Monday, February 17, 2014

This preview collection of pole wrapped shibori dyed wearable art for the Kentucky Craft Market in Lexington on March 8-9 is currently destined for MS Rezny Studio/Gallery.  30% discount this Friday night during Gallery Hop! Lots of new colors and designs.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Lexington Fashion Collaborative

Future of Fashion V

You can visualize, you can create, you can display, but it's not until you see it in action that you truly appreciate the beauty!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I can't say that I really try to have my formulas reflect the colors around me.  Sometimes they just do.  The color of Joe Pye Weed this time of year is much the same as the color I get using my new Vinyl Sulphon  Bordeaux basic dye color.  Layer that with purple and a green made by adding black to yellow and late summer shows up in my silks.  I'm not quite sure what I will create with these pole wrapped, shibori dyed pieces of FeltLOOM felted merino and alpaca.  If I dye several using the same formulas, however, there will be enough fabric for many possibilities.

Something for the Future of Fashion V show to be presented by the Lexington Fashion Collaborative on September 13, 2013 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington.  Or perhaps it will find it's way on Novemeber 9th into a design created for this year's Carnegie Classics based on the The Great Gatsby.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bordeaux Purple and Green Charmeuse Poncho

I just delivered this pole wrapped, shibori dyed, charmeuse poncho to Damselfly Gallery in Midway, Kentucky.  So eazy to wear.  Playful and elegant! I loved using the basic dye Bordeaux to create these colors.  Visit Etsy to purchase a pdf of my basic dye formulas using the Vinyl Sulphon dyes.  Email me if you'd like this specific formula.  Make art now and remember truly beautiful skin is as important as the truly beautiful art we make each day.