02 May 2016

Outdoor Photo Shoot - Wisteria Vine

Photographing my work has been an ongoing challenge to me. Witness the evolution of my photography skills in the archives of Planet Joy. You will see that I've tried shooting indoors and outdoors at various times of day, during the various seasons of the year with varying success.

I had the silks ready to ship to a shop in Portland, but the collection turned out so beautifully and I really wanted to capture it before I packaged them for shipping. The situation was lining up, it was the Golden Hour, sometimes referred to as the Magic Hour (the first and last hour of sunlight in the day when the special quality of light yields particularly beautiful photographs). AND the wisteria was in full bloom (and my camera battery was fully charged). I was compelled to attempt at an outdoor photo shoot!!

Pale pink wisteria vine in full bloom
The setting, the mannequin in the garden

I put some cotton gauze curtains on a pole and stuck it in the wisteria vine for a white backdrop
The placement of the mannequin was tricky, placing it far enough away from the backdrop for perspective, while keeping the distracting elements out of the frame.

Allowing a vine and some flowers to peek through.
This is Azul satin trimmed shawl, from the Water Collection

Iris satin-trimmed shawl also from the Water Collection
I thought the blossoming wisteria vine was a beautiful seasonal counterpoint to the hand painted silks, what do you think? I'm not a professional, but I think I did ok... 


The sedona ruana has a different background, I tried having the white on just half of the frame. What do you think looks better, all white with a few wisteria tendrils or half white backdrop and half natural vine backdrop? Please let me know your preference in the comments!! Merci!

11 April 2016

Fashion Classic: Hand Painted Silk Skinny Scarf aka Pussy Bow

Have you seen the skinny scarves this season, sometimes known as a Pussy Bow?

Gwen Stefani rocking a skinny scarf.

I love this simple fashion accessory and have created a hand-made version of the classic style that will set you apart from the crowd as a front-runner fashionista. You can score one now for just $30 including shipping and handling. Just post a comment on the blog and I'll send you a paypal invoice. If you'd rather, just shoot me an email and we'll go from there.

Mediterranean Skinny Scarf 

Misty Orchid Skinny Scarf

Azul Skinny Scarf
Mediterranean Skinny Scarf

SOLD! Jade 

Black and White w/Red Skinny Scarf

Pink Floral Sari Skinny Scarf
 Supplies are limited, get one for yourself or a friend, mother's day is just around the corner  
... just sayin'

Pussy Bow
Artist Pegi Smith rocking her JoySilk Skinny Scarf

20 March 2016

Spring Fashion Giveaway

It's Springtime, the weather is variable, it's time for a pedicure, and it's super easy to brighten up your spring wardrobe!

Click below and enter to win a new Joy Silk Skinny Scarf, it's easy... simply click the entry form posted below the beautiful blossoming peony to enter for a chance to win a beautiful Joy Silk skinny scarves!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

17 February 2016

Happy Endings start with a Happy Beginning! Custom Peacock Ruana

Imagine my delight when I received this message from my client after received her package!

"Oh Joy.....it is absolutely exquisite, as I knew it would be!!  It fits perfectly, the colors are vibrant and amazing, and I can't wait to show it off!!  You truly have a wonderful gift and I am simply in awe of your talent!!

I'll give you a report when I return from the cruise. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

All the very best,

Custom Ruana - front view
Custom Ruana - rear view
Custom ruana- wrapped view

Custom Ruana - rear view 2

The process begins with an inquiry, people come to me in many ways... whether it's a message from a Facebook Fan or Etsy custom-request or an email from the contact form on my website....business card or friend referral. First the client reaches out and makes a request. Next we establish a timeline, motif and palette, design and payment details, then the creative process takes over and the magic happens in the studio!

The design is first sketched out on paper, then on silk.
The feather motif developing. 
You can really see how sheer chiffon silk is in this photo.
Trusting the process - fully saturated colors.

On the work table ready to be steamed.
The silk is hanging to dry. 
The fabric is ready to be cut and sewn. 
Creating a custom garment is lways a magical experience!

Visit Joy Hand Painted Silk and browse our color collections.
Join me for a virtual studio tour and watch a silk painting demonstration.

03 February 2016

Custom Gown - Earth Rainbow Shibori

Here is the finished dress. Shibori bias-cut silk gown. 

One of a kind, shibori is a fascinating, labor intensive process. Begins with wrapping the fabric on a pole and binding it with string. The dyes are applied to the fabric on the pole. 
Once dried, the fabric is unwrapped and then ready to be steam-set for color fastness.

A unique pattern emerges each time, a fresh experience that does not disappoint! Like a force of nature!
Contact me for a custom order or visit one of our online stores to shop ready to ship originals!

08 September 2015

Custom Trapeze Dress and Peacock Feather Ruana

The first layer of hand painting
Ombre over-dye on jacquard silk
The fabric always starts out pure white, first I brushed three colors of dye on a double layer of silk stretched on the frame and let it dry. Azul is the colorway the mother of the groom selected for her dress, turquoise, orchid and ultramarine. Next, I immersed the dye to create an ombre overlay to the hand painted pattern. The overdyed effect is rich and saturated pastel. 

The jacquard silk is shimmering with a lovely diagonal leaf pattern. The comfortable and modern trapeze dress will have an asymmetrical hem that hits at the knee in front and tapers to mid-calf in back. The peacock feather ruana is vivid and playful with rich colors and gold embellishing and will coordinate the outfit perfectly.  
Ensemble, peacock ruana and jacquard dress. 

First things first, the feathers on a background of white silk

Color added, next is gold embellishing. 
Joy Hand Painted Silk
Custom and one of a kind hand painted silk fashion and home accessories. 
Made by-hand in Ashland, Oregon. 

30 July 2015

JoySilk Summer Giveaway #2

You, my friend are among the rare and amazing fans of JoySilk on Facebook.
And you have a chance to win some cool handmade swag!! 

First prize is a pair of earrings and a beautiful Joy hand painted silk scarf. The earrings will be chosen from from my OpenSky shop.
OpenSky Exclusive Inventory

The scarf will be chosen from my Etsy shop.
One of a kind hand painted silk fashion accessories. 

There are just two requirements enter the Giveaway
1. Join my mailing list at the top right hand side of my blog. 

2. Post a comment below referencing either Photo 1 or Photo 2.

Extra consideration to entrants may be given in several ways. 
1. Follow and interact with @Joysilk on Twitter.
2.  Like, comment, and/or share any post or photo on my Facebook page.
3. Submit a photo of yourself wearing your JoySilk scarf, shawl or jewelry. 
4. Share the JoySilk Summer Fun Giveaway #2 via your favorite social media. 
5. Share, tweet or Pin your favorite items from my Etsy store or from Opensky.

A winner will be randomly drawn from the qualified entries on August 15th. 
Good luck and thanks to all who entered!