16 October 2008

Clearance - Cashmere Throws

Deluxe cashmere wool trimmed with brocade.

Large enough to cover the top of a single bed, ideal for a sofa blanket to snuggle up or wrap up at the stadium.

These lovely throws are made of imported fabrics and designed and sewn by ME!

Orchid or dark orange cashmere wool with colorful silk brocade trim.

Orange cashmere throw - now $85 (originally $175)

Orchid cashmere throw - now $85 (originally $175)

This promo is complete, all the shawls have been sold.
Thank you very much!

Harvest Season

Yesterday we hauled out the orchard ladder and climbed into the trees to pluck juicy fruits to eat, make pies and dry for winter... YUMMY!!

What great good fortune for us today, whilst the orchard has been abandoned for many years and is in many ways out of production; due to the abundant ground water (underground springs) in our neighborhood the trees grow and produce fruit which we have permission to pick each year!

We've got a "Hobby" orchard next door - I say "Hobby" orchard, because whoever planted it fifty years ago decided to plant just one of each variety of fruit, there are seven or eight types of apples, two or three types of Italian plums, two cherries plus fig and mulberry.

The first frost has had a fabulous effect. We are now witnessing the magic of the season as the leaves are changing from green to myriad shades of red, orange and golden yellow.

Also, when the frost hits, the apples undergo a change in sugar which affects the taste and texture of certain varieties.

18 September 2008

Physics at the Brink- Interview by Eli Dvorkin for Activate

In the eyes of a particle physicist, the universe's biggest mysteries are hidden within its tiniest parts. By analyzing the collisions of high-energy photons, these subatomic detectives seek to better understand the building blocks of matter — and to detect the particles that we can predict, but are not yet able to see. The aim is unimaginably grand: to bridge the chasm between general relativity — Einstein's geometry of space and time — and quantum mechanics, which describes physics at the subatomic level.

As of last week, the world's particle physicists have a new playground: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This 17-mile-long tunnel beneath the Swiss-French border is the most powerful particle accelerator ever constructed, designed to help answer some of the toughest questions in science. Activate posed some questions to Dr. Dan Hooper, an associate scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the author of Nature's Blueprint, who celebrated what an exciting time it is to be a physicist.

AT: What do you expect the LHC to see, and what do you hope it might see?

DH: The one thing that I think is most likely to appear at the LHC is a hypothetical particle called the Higgs boson. The Higgs holds a very important place in how we think our universe works. In particular, it is because of this particle that other particles — like electrons, for example — have mass. Without the Higgs, these other particles would be massless and act more like radiation than matter, always traveling at the speed of light. We think that it is through interactions with Higgs bosons that these particles become massive and slow down. In this way, the existence of the Higgs transforms our world dramatically. If this particle does indeed exist, then the LHC should be able to see it.

So that is what I expect to see. What I would like to see is something completely unexpected — something that blows the collective minds of the physics community. With a machine as energetic and powerful as the LHC, the possibilities for discovery are practically endless. For example, one of the wilder possibilities that has been considered is that the LHC could discover extra dimensions of space, beyond the three we experience. If other dimensions do in fact exist, then it is possible that particles created in the LHC could travel through them, giving us a window into the higher dimensionality of space and time.

AT: Scientists at CERN have been working overtime to quash various doomsday scenarios. Are we playing with fire, or is it all just hot air?

DH: Nothing but hot air, I'm afraid. The Earth is constantly being bombarded by energetic particles from space called cosmic rays. The collisions that will take place at the LHC are just like the collisions between these cosmic rays and the Earth's atmosphere. The only difference is that the LHC collisions take place in an environment that we can more easily study. If the collisions at the LHC were able to create anything dangerous, the cosmic-ray collisions would have done so long, long ago. I don't know what kinds of particles — or black holes, or whatever — the LHC will create, but I do know that they will be completely harmless.

AT: Is the search for a so-called "Theory of Everything" nearing a breakthrough, or is it still at loose ends?

DH: It is never easy to predict these kinds of things, but I have seen a shift in recent years from string theory (the leading framework for a Theory of Everything) to more experimentally accessible kinds of physics — the kinds of physics that can be tested at the LHC, for example. I would be pretty surprised if 20 years from now we were much closer to a Theory of Everything than we are now.

AT: How would the existence of supersymmetry plug the holes in our current model of physics?

DH: The current model of quantum physics, called the Standard Model, suffers from a major sickness. When we use the theory to estimate how heavy the Higgs boson should be, we find that it should be more than a trillion times heavier than any particle we have ever observed. If it were so heavy, however, the whole Standard Model would fall apart and utterly fail to describe the world as we see it. We know that something has to stop the Higgs from becoming so heavy. This is where supersymmetry comes in.

In the late '20s, [theoretical physicist] Paul Dirac recognized that if the mathematics of quantum physics were to make any sense, then for every kind of particle, there must also exist a corresponding particle with an opposite electric charge and other opposing properties — i.e., antimatter. In 1932, antimatter was discovered, and Dirac was proven correct. Supersymmetry is similar to this relationship between matter and antimatter, but instead connects two classes of particles known as fermions and bosons.

Fermions are the particles we usually think of as matter, like electrons, quarks, and neutrinos. Bosons, on the other hand, are the particles that carry and communicate the forces of nature. Photons, for example, carry the electromagnetic force. Without photons, there would be no force of electromagnetism, and without bosons, there would be no forces at all. According to supersymmetry, for every kind of boson that exists, there must also exist a fermion with the same properties, and vice versa. Just as Dirac tied together matter and antimatter, supersymmetry ties together matter and force.

If supersymmetry is correct, then there are many varieties of particles that we have never observed. For example, the electron, which is a fermion, must have a bosonic counterpart called the selectron. In fact, every known particle must have a supersymmetric counterpart — i.e., a superpartner. If these superpartner particles exist, then the LHC is almost certain to discover many of them.

AT: In your book, you describe the Standard Model as "the single most successful theory that science has ever produced." Do you think that the future of physics is likely to feature such remarkable consensus?

DH: It is incredible how well the Standard Model has stood the test of time. As it has been tested with greater and greater precision, the predictions of the Standard Model have continued to match the measurements. No other theory has ever made so many accurate predictions so precisely.

That being said, the Standard Model is almost certain to be overthrown at the LHC. After we have learned everything that we can from the LHC, we may be left with a new kind of "standard model" that the whole community agrees upon and understands. On the other hand, we might find ourselves in a situation in which the data could be interpreted in different ways. We might also recognize that we are only looking at part of the puzzle and that other unknown aspects of nature will need to be discovered before another standard model can be built.

09 September 2008

RECAP OF SOOS 2008 - Southern Oregon Open Studios

Creating a successful connection between local artists and our
community to promote a thriving visual arts economy

This was a tour of artists studios in Ashland and Jacksonville Oregon.  This has been a wonderful opportunity for artists to share their creative skills in their own working studios with art enthusiasts. Not only is this educational for all ages, it was a fabulous and fun way to promote a thriving visual arts community!

Thanks to the following for their promotion of SOOS 2008 on the WorldWideWeb:
Ashland Chamber of Commerce
KTVL News 10
Today in Ashland

Also thanks to the following businesses who distributed complimentary Studio Tour Booklets 

Ashland Springs Hotel – 212 E Main Street, Ashland
Bohemia Gallery – 222 “A” Street, Ashland
Central Art Supply – 101 N Central, Medford
Carefree Buffalo – 130 West California St, Jacksonville
Elaine Witteveen Gallery – 305 N Oregon Street, Jacksonville
The Artist’s Workshop –  U.S. Hotel @ 125 California (& Third St), Jacksonville

20 August 2008

New Music & Bike Rack Design

David Byrne in Times Square with an idea both artistic and practical. James Estrin/The New York Times

David Byrne is an installation artist, author, blogger, recording executive, photographer, film director and PowerPoint enthusiast. He’s even been known to dabble in music. But in certain New York neighborhoods he may be most visible as a bicycle rider, a lanky figure pedaling around the Lower East Side.

In recent years his interest in bicycles has expanded from riding them to thinking seriously about the role they play in urban life, as he has started making connections with politicians and international design consultants keen to keep cars from taking over the city. So when the Department of Transportation asked him to help judge a design competition for the city’s new bike racks, he eagerly agreed — so eagerly, in fact, that he sent in his own designs as well. On Friday nine racks made from his own whimsical designs were installed around the city. “They immediately responded, saying, ‘If you can get these made, we’ll put them through,’ “ he recalled. “I was kind of shocked.”

His Manhattan gallery, Pace/MacGill, along with PaceWildenstein, agreed to have the racks fabricated in exchange for the chance to sell them, down the line, as works of art. But for the 364 days that the racks will be out on the streets, Mr. Byrne doesn’t want them to be admired as artwork, he said; he wants them to be lashed with heavy chains, banged with Kryptonites and scratched by gears. He wants them to be used.

To avoid confusion, he kept the same square metal tubing used in the familiar U- or M-shaped racks — which Janette Sadik-Khan, the city transportation commissioner, unlovingly compares to “handcuffs chained to the street.”

The results? In addition to “The Jersey,” “The Wall Street” (the dollar sign) and “The Hipster” (the guitar): “The Chelsea”, a man; “The MoMA,” a modern abstraction; “The Coffee Cup,” by the Hungarian Pastry Shop in Morningside Heights; “The Villager,” a dog, for Greenwich Village; and “The Ladies’ Mile,” a single high-heeled shoe, cooling its heel outside Bergdorf Goodman.

This all comes at a strange moment for New York cyclists, when they are being depicted as both the scourge and the promise of the city. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg seems to have transferred his bets to cycling as the next best way to reduce automobile traffic. Green bike lanes are appearing all around the city. Serious people are discussing a bike-sharing program. And the Department of Transportation is making way for thousands of new bike racks around the city.

Mr. Byrne’s will be the most visible, a fact that may position him as the symbol of the civic virtues of cycling. He’s even writing a nonfiction book called “Cycling Diaries,” scheduled to appear in 2009. But soft-spoken, curious and culturally omnivorous, he’s never quite been the celebrity spokes-model type. Besides, he said, “I don’t think people are going to switch over to bikes because it’s good for them or because it’s politically correct. They’re going to do it because it gets them from A to B faster.” He has a similarly plain-spoken explanation for his own riding. “It’s a little faster than walking,” he said. “It feels good if the weather’s O.K., and if you see something that interests you, you just stop.” Every day he rides his folding Montague hybrid bike (with bell and basket) from his home in Midtown, down the Hudson River bike path to SoHo, where despite working in a very bike-friendly office — his own — he locks up on the street below.

He calls riding “a pleasure and a convenience,” but it seems to be more than that: an essential part of the way he lives in and interacts with the city. His blog, at journal.davidbyrne.com, is full of observations he has made while tooling around on two wheels. Mr. Byrne isn’t anticipating a revolution, but he does sense a shift in the wind. Riding a bicycle, “used to be completely uncool,” he said. “Now it’s cool in different ways: for some people it’s cool if you have an old junker. For other people it’s cool if you have a racing bike.

David Byrne and Brian Eno have released their first collaboration in 30 years, an eleven song album called Everything That Will Happen Will Happen Today.

Eno is quoted at The Celebrity Cafe: "I was surprised by how little attention Americans paid to their own great indigenous musical invention: gospel. It was even slightly uncool - as though the endorsement of the music entailed endorsing all the religious framework associated with it. To me gospel was a music of surrender, and the surrendering rather than the worshipping was the part that interested me."

As one might expect from innovators of this level, the album is being released in a very 2008 fashion, with help from TopSpin, a company that allows premiere artists to release stuff online.
Eno had been working these tracks for eight years until he decided that he needed "a professional" to do the vocals. When he ran into Byrne a few years ago, he played him the tracks and Byrne agreed to add vocals and a bit of music.
"For the most part, Brian did the music and I wrote some tunes, words and sang," says Byrne on the album's website. "It's familiar but completely new as well. We're pretty excited."

11 August 2008

I am the Bubble, Make me the Sea

I am in Encinitas California, once known as "The Flower Capital"

It is an incredibly beautiful coastal town, the Hwy 101 in Leucadia is an exquisite grand lane lined with 3 story Eucalyptus Trees.

I was fortunate to catch 11am Sunday service and meditation at the Self Realization Fellowship Temple. We sang and meditated before listening to a mesmerizing talk. A vibrant group of international devotees present as a contingent from the Annual Convocation held in Los Angeles. The website ananda.org has lyrics and audio if you are interested for further listening.

Yogananda was a 20th century guru on the west coast for many years. His teachings draw from the wisdom of a number of saints and sages of all religions including Jesus Christ. There is a lovely hermitage garden and pond on the cliff's edge in Encinitas.

Bob Naninnga is running for one of the seats on the Encinitas City Council this yea. As a Leucadia resident, native Californian and successful business owner, Bob is an active member of the Encinitas community. Experienced in City Government and civic activities. Bob is concerned with preserving the quality of life shared in the Encinitas region. Register to vote and give your support at Bob's Campaign Website!

10 August 2008

Soon to be published in Ashland Magazine

The incredible lightness of Joy


Lance K. Pugh

I was circling the Plaza some time ago in Ashland’s version of circle the wagons when my eye caught a vibrant peacock pattern of gold, emerald and black, backlit by the sun. The female wearing this silken number slipped into a shop while I kept searching for a parking spot. I wanted to ask the dark-haired woman draped in the striking diaphanous scarf about the long material she had wrapped around her, but in a flash of light, she was gone.

I kept the silken peacock lady in mind, but did not see her again until 2006, while attending the opening reception for Raku master Randy Warren. She appeared, draped in yet another striking scarf, as his collaborative partner for the exhibit. It was then that I learn she was Joy Light (her real surname, a designer and artist of hand-painted silk, who, though based in Ashland, sells across the country.

Joy moved to the Applegate area from California in 1989. Two years later, Joy decided to move to Ashland to pursue her creative work full time with her then ten-year-old son. Ashland had all the amenities she was looking for: a vital town with good schools, an emphasis on the performing arts, a vibrant artistic community and plenty of engaging people who were supportive of the arts.

On one of her first excursions downtown, Joy met Elise (McManus) Peters, who had recently opened Heart & Hands at 255 E. Main Street. Shortly after this meeting, Heart & Hands began carrying Joy’s work. In Peter’s words, “We have loved representing Joy’s hand painted silks since our inception in 1991. It’s been great watching Joy’s work evlove. Her artistic sensibility, creativity and gift with color has made her wearable art a highly treasured and valuable purchase. I have witnessed people return over and over again to add to their collection.”

Through Joy’s dedication over the years, her silks are now displayed nationwide in museum stores and women’s clothing boutiques. These notably include Denver and Phoenix art museums, Spirit of the Earth and The Santa Fe Opera House in New Mexico, The Real Mother Goose and Changes in Portland, Human Arts in Ojai, and La Jolla Fiberarts. As her national sales increase, we surely will be hearing more about her business. Joy is keeping her eyes open for a sales rep to bring her line to the East Coast.

A quick visit to Joy’s website, www.joysilk.com, will instantly fill the eye with visually seducing colors hand-painted on raw white Chinese silk. She does her magic on them here in Ashland and then ships each distinctive piece to numerous accounts

Joy’s studio will be a part of Southern Oregon Open Studios, Labor Day weekend sponsored by Ashland Artisan Gallery & Art Center. It is at this gallery where her scarves can be purchased and she also volunteers her time to support other Southern Oregon artists.

I have observed how a ruana or scarf instantly updates the “basic black dress,” creating a new fashion statement. Eyes turn and sparkle as one of Joy’s vibrant scarves adds dimension and color while capturing fluttering eyelashes like so many migrating monarch butterflies. Her painted silks are a truly powerful accessory to spice up a night on the town

“I have focused on accessories because they are always in fashion, no matter what the climate - environmental or financial - accessories are affordable and never go out of style.

“I have been producing these for 17 years and have sold nearly every piece I’ve made. My clientele consists mainly of women, but a few men who wear my accessories are interested in something personal and handcrafted. A tall European wears his ruana with his Armani suit. I work with a local tailor to produce custom silk jacket linings for men who appreciate having a unique wardrobe.”

When visiting her studio I immediately noticed her colorful line of iridescent stylistically captured peacock feathers hand-painted with rich classic hues on a variety of silk fabrics from charmeuse, jacquard, chiffon and crepe de chine. Each scarf is individually crafted by Joy, making a special, intimate gift or a self-treat for which you are overdue.

Her Ombre Collectionis her best selling line. It employs a “wet on wet” watercolor technique, resulting in the spellbinding colors that produce eye-catching fluid patterns. The popular Ruana, sort of a cape with open sides, is constructed lightweight, sheer and flowing chiffon edged and trimmed with a touch of satin, giving the finished piece enough weight to form the perfect drape.

During the most recent First Friday Artwalk I squinted into the sun as I strained to focus on a blend of dramatic color that refracted from two blocks away. I had an educated hunch on the nature of the emanation and approached the source with a keen eye.

I was right, it was Joy Light.

08 August 2008

Traveling by Train on the West Coast

I always thought that traveling by train would be sort of fun, adventurous, perhaps a bit mysterious....
Well - mystery solved! Traveling Amtrak in Coach is anything but glamourous! If you want a more upscale experience get a sleeping compartment, with that upgrade you can sit in the parlour car, have access to watching movies on a "big" screen, and the ever popular arcades.

That being said, the boys and I had a block of Coach seats from Dunsmuir to Oceanside last Saturday and we had a fun adventure on the 24 hour trip. I was being practical, the fare was 1/3 that of airfare for the three of us. The other alternative was to drive to Encinitas to visit friends and family.

One highlight of the trip was sunrise (which came all too soon after a 3:30am departure from the teeny tiny Dunsmuir Station)
Sunrise was just north of Yuba City, there were orchards and fields of gladiolus (I was too sleepy to get a picture of the flower fields)

The train slowed on this fantastic large curve of track and we could view the engine rounding the bend.
On other parts of the journey, we were warned about the "high speed zone" which meant the train would race to nearly 80MPH, walking the aisle at this speed required some agility!

The estuary near Monterey was very picturesque. The sun on the water and the blue sky made an effective commercial for another adventure to the Monterey Bay. We saw lots of birds as well as people in kayaks.

The best part however, was the sunset dinner we enjoyed in the dining car just south of San Luis Obispo
The sun dropping into the ocean, hurtling towards our South Coast destination. The delicious conversation as we recapped the day's and night's experiences, fueled our anticipation for the end of this leg of the trip....

24 July 2008

Olympics 2008

With less than a month to go until the Olympics, Beijing has asked polluting industries to cease or reduce production. The government hopes to clean the air for athletes, and to help offset a looming power shortage.
Beijing, Olympics
Photo Reuters
, a drastic plan to lift the Chinese capital's gray shroud of pollution just three weeks ahead of the games.

Half of Beijing's 3.3 million vehicles will be pulled off the roads and many polluting factories will be shuttered. "Pea-soup air at the opening ceremony would be their worst nightmare," said Victor Cha, director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University.

Striking venues and $40 billion spent to improve infrastructure cannot mask Beijing's dirty air. A World Bank study found China is home to 16 of the 20 worst cities for air quality. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has repeatedly warned that outdoor endurance events lasting more than an hour will be postponed if the air quality is poor.

The plan to clean the gray air seems to match the high-security tone of the games, which will be policed by 100,000 officials.
Razor-wire barriers and soldiers standing at attention guard the outskirts of the Olympic Green area and the Chinese have even installed ground-to-air missiles near one Olympic venue to protect it from possible attacks.

Security, tight visa rules and inflated hotel prices seem to be keeping foreigners away. Many nightspots near Olympic venue are being closed by security officials, who say the games are under threat from Muslim extremists in China's western Xinjiang region. China's communist government seems to fear being embarrassed during the games by pro-Tibet activists, local dissidents or critics of China's human rights policies.

The gigantic experiment to curb pollution could still go wrong. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, an atmospheric scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, said unpredictable winds could blow pollution into Beijing despite factory shutdowns in the city and five surrounding provinces.

Ramanathan is leading a multinational research project in tracking Beijing's pollution before, during and after the Olympics.
"Reducing the local emissions is going to reduce the local pollution, but is that sufficient to help the athletes breath cleaner air? This is going to depend on the winds," he said.

21 July 2008

Valentino's Finale Spring/Summer '08

Valentino's final collection is a feast for the senses, colorful, chic, and fun!

28 June 2008

Silk Painting Class

You can book studio time on Planet Joy for $25 per hour, minimum of 4, maximum 6 adults, and childrens classes are available as well.
Call for details 541-482-9665. All materials included!

The Light-Hearted Crafters of Grants Pass visited my studio last week to experience painting on silk.

It's a fun time in the studio when I have visitors and these women were confident and curious and they created some gorgeous scarves for themselves.

08 June 2008

Noisy Pandas Compete for Sex

Giant panda sex secrets revealed

Wild China is the BBC's first ever co-production with Chinese state television. Wild China: Land of the Panda is broadcast on Sunday 8 June at 2100 BST

The giant panda's courtship and mating sequence - from boisterous beginning to noisy ending - has been filmed in the wild for what may be a TV first. A BBC Natural History team recorded the magic moments deep in the bamboo forest that lines China's Qinling mountains.

Just getting in position to film the pandas took months of research, location reconnaissance and negotiations with the Chinese authorities. Obtaining the filmed sequence itself required an awful lot of patience and skill, and quite a bit of luck. The Qinling mountains are carved with steep ravines and gullies. The growth of bamboo is so thick it can be extremely hard to get near the pandas, let alone get a clear shot of their behaviour. If you make too much noise, the creatures will be long gone by the time you find their location. "They're like mini-quad bikes and once they go, they're off and they're very hard to keep up with," recalled Mr Maxwell.

Eventually, the team found an excellent spot looking across a ravine at a female high up in the branches. She was swaying back and forth as her would-be suitors patrolled below. The biggest male is seen chasing the opposition off into the thicket. Finally, he gets his girl when she decides to descend from her tree. This is not the first time panda sex has been filmed in the wild, but it is thought to be one of the most complete courtship sequences ever caught on camera.

Mr Maxwell described the venture as an eye-opener - to see pandas in a context that is far removed from the shy, placid reputation we traditionally associate with the animals. "Occasionally, you will be sitting there quietly trying to keep in the background and the males will suddenly come charging out of the bamboo towards you," he explained. "They're really fired up, they're breathing hard and panting, and you can see the steam coming out of their mouths. They seem like different creatures altogether."

06 June 2008

Encinitas Sunshine

I had a terrific time in Encinitas last week.
It was warm and sunny, not to mention that my best friend and my sister are there.
We had a fantastic time poolside and enjoyed some fine Italian food and wines at Il Fornaio in Del Mar, this restaurant boasts a gorgeous dining room reminiscent of a cruise ship plus a fantastic patio bar as well as outdoor seating all enhanced with an ocean view.

My friend is participating at Salon รก Magnolia at 1057 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, (760) 944-7033.
If you are in Southern California this Saturday, June 7th, make sure to stop by there between 11-4 to meet some interesting women in business and tasty food. The charity for this event is Greyhound Connection of San Diego.

29 May 2008

Silk Peacock Feathers

Today I am putting the finishing touches on the newest collection of hand painted silks. Here you see them drying in my garden this morning.Brilliantly colorful with a black background and gold accents - this is an amazing limited collection - 3 ruanas and 4 shawls (just two magenta shawls) with the balance of the collection in classic peacock blue and teal!

The motif is Peacock Feathers. These incredible wraps are available for sale online at Heart & Hands or contact me directly through my website Joy Hand Painted Silk

27 May 2008

Who Me?

Ian Joseph Scotland was born on February 4th. He weighed just a tad more than a 5 pound bag of sugar.

OK, confession: I'm a grandmother!! Yes, I know, hard to believe, but it's true!

I went to visit Ian and his mother and father in April, I 'm pleased to report they are all very well adjusted at this point!
Now he's sleeping like a champ and growing like a weed, so his parents are sleeping too, it's a good thing.

Let me tell you, it's an amazing thing to have a grandson!! You'll just have to experience it someday! There is just something very special about having a new generation emerge. Very special indeed - I'm over the moon!

Winter Break

We went to Mt. Bachelor in Bend for Christmas. The snow was perfect! Colin & Ryan had a blast snowboarding. Special thanks to Mom & Mom-Mom for a fantastic Christmas break!

We got lots of snow last winter. (no kidding!)

Hiking in Nolde Forest my son Sean, Me, my mom Kathy & my sister Karen & Gabe the dog.
Sean and his wife Jenni were expecting their first child

I got to see my High School girlfriends on NYE, and we had a jolly good time!

Get some real estate on Planet Joy

Hi There!
I haven't blogged for a long time... maybe I'll blog about the holidays, it was a lot of fun, no time for blogging while travelling for me!

It really feels like Oregon this year, overcast, occasional showers, flowers, damp, cool weather. Two weeks ago, it was scorching at 100 - yow! Right now the irises are in full bloom, just incredible!

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Joy Hand Painted Silk presents seasonally inspired art to wear and accessories that offer an opportunity to escape from global fashion with handcrafted work that hopes to inspire through light and bring a small amount of joy into your life.

Modern luxury as simplicity, an escape from the dissonance of the industrial and media worlds into a world of peace and harmony.

The beauty of this work is that it is for wearing.

In the wearing it finds its final purpose; transforming the wearer with its light, channeling human energy into a unique presence.

Bringing pleasure from the eye to the heart.

Each piece has its own personality, a life of its own, channeled by the artist into our world.

Light is the essence of the work, the silk dyed, wrapped, steamed, and unfurled into its final form.

Even to the artist, the work reveals itself.

That is the mystical quality of the craft

Light flowing through and around.

The artist at work in studio, Ashland, Oregon