12 April 2015

Traditional Line Painting on Silk

Whatever style they follow, all silk painters must have an intimate knowledge of their material, painting silk is full of changing and unexpected characteristics. Click here to watch a contemporary studio demonstration of this fascinating technique on YouTube.  

The Tibetan Thangka is the best known religious form. Click here to further explore the technique used to create the famous thangka depicting the twelve stages of Buddha's life.  
Twelve stages of the life of Buddha

Gongbi is the name for the Chinese silk painting technique. The name is from the Chinese Gong chin meaning tidy, literally “detailed strokes” referring to the meticulous brush technique. Classic examples of this school are Imperial-court paintings of the Ming Dynasty. The painting below is a copy by the emperor Huizong of an earlier Tang Dynasty painting by Zhang Xuan depicting women pounding and preparing silk fabric. 
Court Ladies Preparing Silk

The Vietnamese style of silk painting utilizes the natural color of the silk as the background. Delicate color and silk background of this traditional style demonstrate harmony with nature. 
Silk painting from the village of Hue, Vietnam

I am fascinated by the precision and beauty of this traditional Asian silk painting genre. There are many resources available online for deeper study. Many museums exhibit traditional silk paintings in collections worldwide, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Beijing's Capital Museum and the British Museum to name just a few.

04 March 2015

Details of a Ruana

The photos in this post are original sized and may not look right on your screen. Click on the image to see the details of satin edged chiffon. The versatility of the chiffon ruana is unparalleled. Imagine the possibilities of made to order by Joy Hand Painted Silk. 
 The satin edging is just the right weight for a perfect effortless drape. A ready made ruana measures 42 x 79 inches. Length adjustments can be done in a variety of ways; by ruching (gathering) or tying the satin edges or shortening the chiffon panels
 Here is a close up of the simple knot used to tie the edges in many styles. This is a shawl tied at the center front.

This image shows the sheerness of the chiffon in contrast to the satin edging.

10 November 2014

Eco-Style Life Beau Monde: Favorite Quote Friday

I was inspired to think deeply by my friend Stephanie Gale in her recent blog Eco-Style Life Beau Monde: Lifestyle William Morris On Practical Beauty.

What do you think about this quote?

 "Have nothing in your house

that you do not know to be useful,

or believe to be beautiful."

~William Morris  

William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer,poetnovelisttranslator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production.

His quote makes me reconsider whether or not I will buy or keep certain items or let them go. Especially in my wardrobe. Living with beauty is a concept that guides me in my life. What guides you in yours?

I became even more thoughtful when I read her newsletter with nuggets of wisdom from many venerable authors and experts. Especially thought provoking is how author and teacher Leah Jade talks about the roots of a home and balance.

What are your thoughts on the William Morris quote above? 

01 October 2014

JoySilk Fall Color at Paschal Winery

That's right, fall color is happening in Southern Oregon! 

The first rains have fallen and clearing the air of smoke and quelling the raging forest fires in the region. 

Here's a sneak peak of the first images from the photo shoot at Paschal Winery last weekend! 

Thanks to my friends for modeling, styling and photographing my new collection of hand painted silks. 

Wearable Art by Joy Hand Painted Silk 
on location at Paschal Winery, Talent Oregon

Photo credit: Michael Washington
Stylist: Darby McCue
Models: Pegi Smith, Rebecca Warren

25 July 2014

Delightfully Lovely Summer

It's lavender season on Planet Joy! Lavender is lovely all year round, especially so when in season. I'll be stitching up some lavender bay sachets with the organic lavender and bay leaves that I cultivate in my garden in the Pacific Northwest. I've got some white dupionni silk and colorful brocade to stitch up into sachets that you can reserve now on Etsy!
Homegrown Organic Herbs
While we're on the subject of fun summer happenings, I've been enjoying some outdoor renewal by the River. A day trip at the confluence of the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers at the Rogue Elk Campground was very relaxing! 
Rogue River in Trail, Oregon
The charming old Rogue Elk Hotel is abandoned and is up for sale, it requires so much work, but it has so much potential. I love the wrap around porch! I hope you are having a good summer, share your adventures with me with a comment below, I'd love to know what you're up to! 
Rogue Elk Hotel
PS. Scoot over to Facebook if you want in on my July ruana sale!

11 July 2014

Divine Order and Grace

Divine order and grace bring miracles beyond our imagination. So here’s some mantras of Divine intercession on a number of topics. I've been told the mantras reliably elicit magic, expansion, and possibility when done with a sincere heart or even partially open mind. These intercession mantras go beyond affirmations; they will invoke the highest divine potential and truly bypass the conditioning and repetitive constraints of the ego.
It's recommended to practice doing whichever ones you need for at least twenty-one days to help the mind recalibrate. Even if you are skeptical, why not experiment?
1. When you need to find work:
Dear Divine, you know all my talents and abilities, even ones that are hidden from me. You know my financial needs as well. I now call you into my work life, knowing that the right work and career is already selected. I’ll be shown the right actions to take at the right time.
2. To be open to love and relationships:
The perfect partner is already selected. He or she is arriving in the right way at the right time. I am so grateful to receive him or her.
3. When you're beating yourself up:
Change me Divine Beloved into one who knows my own value and worthiness. Let me see myself as you see me.
4. When something isn’t happening as fast as your mind thinks it should:
Trust in Right Timing
My life is unfolding in Divine timing. All delays are beneficial. I’m always at the right place at the right time.
5. When you’re giving a lot and don’t feel worthy of receiving from others:

Change me Divine Beloved into one who can easily receive. Let me feel deserving of the help and love of others. Inundate me with a sense of worthiness.
6. When you’re stressed about travel:

Let every aspect of this trip unfold in harmony. May Divine order arrange and handle every detail . The right flights, lodging, and all else are already selected and I’ll be guided easily. I’ll follow the leads as they are shown.
7. When you know you wish to be of service:

Wherever I can be a force of love, please guide me. Take me wherever you wish me to go. Let me do your bidding.
8. When you're deciding whether to go somewhere or do something:

Please show me if You wish me to go. If you do, please bring a sign, and a miracle that shows Your Divine Will in this matter and gives clear direction. And if for some reason I’m about to head the wrong way, please STOP me!
9. When you're unclear about what’s next:

My perfect new path is already selected and will arrive at the right time. I’ll be shown the steps to receive it.
10. When you have fears of aging or loss:
I am one with the unlimited Divine, beyond all seeming restrictions of age. My whole being is filled with joy, energy and beauty, and is a vessel for the Universal Shakti. I reside in oneness with this Divine joy.
11. When you’re completely overwhelmed by ANYTHING at all:

Divine beloved, Change me into one who knows how to do this! Open me to all your help and assistance, work through me, oh Great Spirit. Let me be a calm, tranquil vessel for your love.
These mantras open the way for the unimpeded Divine to enter with a plan far beyond the manipulations and machinations of the ego and open us to every form of possibility, expansion and delight.

27 June 2014

JoySilk Summer Sale - one of a kind #madeinusa

Summer Sale is in Session - Save 1/3 off JoySilk
100% hand made, art to wear fashion accessories made in Ashland Oregon

Flower Power - hand painted silk rose, vintage ribbon trim

Subtle gold hand-dyed delicate floral jacquard scarf 
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Orchid Pink Silk Poncho
Get more compliments when you tie one on! 

Pink, black & white silk poncho

Travel essentials!

Cool blue reversible shawl

Custom colors - made to order.

Seaside Collection Hand Painted Silk Poncho

Seaside Collection, perfect for summer! 

Seaside Collection Silk Poncho 45"

Hand made with love in Ashland Oregon

Heather Collection Silk Scarf