05 January 2018

2017 in Review

TGIF peeps, wow, it's already the First Friday of 2018! I'm moving my studio from Planet Joy in Ashland to a rural location just an hour north. I am excited to work in a clear open space and see what the muse brings.

I wanted to share a few standout projects from 2017 before I get underway with new collections for 2018. I had stupendous clients in 2017! They came from many different avenues, some clients find me via F acebook, be they fans, friends or friends of friends, some of my clients are beloved repeat customers, some find Joyflower on Etsy. 

This special project however, was a referral from an esteemed fellow silk painter. This charmeuse shawl for a MOB was actually completed at the end of 2016 but qualifies for this 2017 in Review since it was created for a March wedding in 2017!

Click this link and scroll left and right to see the inspo photos sent to me by the mother of the bride, you'll see that I captured the essence of her dress and accessories. The shawl is customized with the couple's names and the date of the ceremony.

Another superb project came from a friend on Facebook. The request from a gentleman in Michigan was for a Celtic Dragon Sarong. I enjoyed creating it from his vision, which was based on a tattoo he has of a dragon. I added Celtic knots on both the short sides of the sarong to anchor the dragon into the multi-colored azure background. 
Click this link then scroll left and right to see a few photos of the custom sized ruana on Facebook.

I made another custom item for an Etsy client who requested custom sizing for a ruana for a cruise. The colors were opulent and she requested glittering gold details on the peacock feathers.

In late spring I embarked on a sizeable custom project for a repeat client, a womens' group that I have been working with since they found me in 2013! Check out this short promotional video a dear friend made for me, it highlights the process of making a special ritual object for the Kohenet instructors. 

Each of the 13 women chose their own special colors for a customized ruana with buttonholes for tzittzit. This is a time consuming project where I set aside special time in my studio to create the ritual garments for their initiation ceremony. In 2017 I was honored by the Kohenet Institute's adoption and renaming of my (modified) ruana as their official ritual garment. While it is still a ruana, it is now known as a Kanfot in this woman's group. The supersized ruana in the video above is known as Kanfot Rabbot and will be used to wrap the Torah and in ceremony. Follow this link to see more blog posts featuring Kohenet. 

Another repeat customer commissioned a silk shawl as a special gift for mother's 80th birthday. This project was co-designed by her grand daughters, who conceptualized the colors and Kokopelli motif.  One of the young ladies also assisted painting the warm toned fabric The shawl is a bit large for g-,a, but it works beautifully as a table runner in her lovely home in the Sonoran Desert. I especially love it when people use my work as home decor as well as wearable art! 

A special project, again for the mother of the bride was fun and exciting, since it was for a wedding in Hawaii! The MOB chose a flower motif, she wanted it to be very artistic and gave me her color palette and gave me license to create. The photo on the right below is the original artwork that gave me inspiration for this special garment.  Click here to see some behind-the-scenes images of the design process and production. 

And the final project of 2017 was also for a repeat customer who has been purchasing silk throws for the bedroom from me for over a decade. The throws always are designed to coordinate with her husband's paintings. This is a large throw for a queen sized bed. The photo doesn't do it justice, since I was in quite a rush to ship it on time to her for Christmas. 

Warmest regards to all, and may you and those who are close to you be blessed in 2018.

Custom orders welcomed! 

14 August 2017

Custom Made Hand Painted Silk for Kohenet 2017

Do you know the feeling when you wear something that is custom made just for you? 

You feel special every time, because you know that by having a hand painted silk garment in your wardrobe you will always look terrific, and be unique! 

Wearing an original painting, an art to wear designer textile, is where art and luxury come together. 

Today, I want to share with you a project that I'm very proud of using fine silk chiffon as my canvas. 

I produced 13 custom made Ruanas for a Hebrew women's group. (Click here for more information on the women's group.) After working with the Hebrew Priestess Institute for over 6 years, they decided they would adopt my best selling style, the ruana as their official ordination garment, and have renamed it Kanfot, to fit in with their culture! 
Group Ordination for Kohenet 2017

Everyone chose their own color scheme according to their personal desire, some chose classic color combinations from my Natura Collections which are showcased on my website www.joysilk.com.
Earthsong is the inspiration for this custom color combination. 

I worked with individuals to creat custom color combinations as dictated by their imagination.  
Swatches were made as a first step towards creating the golden yellow ruana in the photograph below.
 Hand Painted Silk Ruanas are perfect for special occasions, also make a fabulous choice for everyday comfort and style. Because they take up a small space in luggage, they make an ideal travel garment. Ruanas are also frequently chosen for wedding attire by the mother of the bride or groom or wedding attendants. 

I offer custom sizing, please contact me for additional information or to place your order today. 

08 April 2017

When Clea Was a Puppy -

Clea is about 10 weeks old in this photo, she loved to climb up behind me in the car. 
This is a painting of me and Clea 

Posing on the pillow. 

Profile pose on the velvet chair

Clea on her silk cushion. 

Such a little doll!

Love her little tail! 

So small, and such beautiful posture!

I was entranced with this pup when she was a baby! 

She is such a pretty girl! 

Clea has always loved her toys, only chewed shoes once!

Those eyes!

This tiny bed/pouch worked for a few weeks!
Clea is an Alaska Klee Kai x Keeshond, now over 2 years old and 16 pounds, fully grown. Puppy time lasts such a short while... I remember when Clea first came home to live with us. She would go to work with me in my purse before she was big enough to go to work with Colin. I am so very glad I got to bond with her!

05 December 2016

Gifts of the Season

Spread Holiday Cheer!
Gift Giving is but One of the Traditions We Enjoy at this Magical Time of Year! 

Give the gift of a luxury hand painted silk fashion accessory from Joyflower!

During the month of December receive a Gift w/Purchase via Etsy. 

Each and Every Purchase will receive a special Gift in December!
$50 and under receive a Lavender Bay Sachet
$50-200 receive Sachet + Pendant w/chain
$200 and over receive Sachet + Pendant + Small Silk Scarf

Keep in mind shipping deadline for Christmas arrival is December 20. 

06 September 2016

Limited Edition Hand-dyed Silk Boas

Get more compliments when you wear one of a kind fashion accessories!

You've never seen anything like it - you've never felt anything as soft and luxe as this!
Turn your fashion accent into a Fashion Statement!

Hand-dyed silk -- tasseled silk mesh and triple-layered chiffon. Dyed by-hand in delicious colors, deconstructed and sewn to hand-dyed silk ribbon. 

No two are alike and this is a limited edition! 
A virtual rainbow of hand-dyed silks
Aurora Red Silk Boa
Super soft, fluffy and fun, a silk boa is comfortable and stylish. 
Rich shades of rose, aurora red and coral.  
Bodacious is one of Pantone's colors for F/W 2016. 
Gorgeous shades of bright rich purple with hints of sophisticated pink.

Pastel Aqua Silk Boa
This one of a kind silk boa is softly delightful and very wearable. 
Approximately 60 inches long.
Available for purchase exclusively via Etsy
Earthsong colorway is already sold out!
Cinnamon Mocha Silk Boa
Made of deconstructed hand-dyed tasseled silk mesh and triple-layered chiffon. 
Super soft and there is nothing as soft as silk next to your skin!
Amber Hand-dyed Silk
One of a kind warm earthy colors, reminds me of caramel! Super soft and silky!

Blue Steel Hand-dyed silk
This color is so hard to describe... it's blueish-grey with a touch of green with hints of terra cotta. Please comment which name you like the best:
1. Moss Agate
2. Blue Steel
3. Sharkskin

22 August 2016

Santa Fe Collection for Back-to-School

Summer is a fun and busy time, have you been exploring or traveling this summer? What would you like to do before summer is over?

On Planet Joy, the garden is in full swing and silks for the Santa Fe Opera gift shop have been on my work tables for the past couple of weeks! I created a collection of signature Ruanas for the gift shop and the Santa Fe Collection of coordinating scarves are available now for back-to-school via Etsy and Opensky online.

Timelessly styled as a neckline bow
Fabric cuffs are on-trend this season.

Shop the Joyflower Back to School Sale. Save $10 with coupon code BACK2SCHOOL
Stack discounts to save more on one of a kind hand painted silk ponchos when you use coupon code BACK2SCHOOL. Ponchos prices have been slashed to half-off for our End of Summer sale to make room for new fall styles and colors!
One of a kind hand painted silk ponchos, prices slashed to half off. 
That's all for now, stay cool, and cultivate wellness. Tell your beloveds that you care about them. Every day is precious!
Love, Joy 

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!