22 February 2011

Re-birth of a website

In my diligent attempt to keep up with technology, I am pleased to announce the newest version of Joysilk.com! I have had the pleasure of working with talented designers, photographers and models to make some significant changes.

I would like to give credit and praise to the following talented individuals:
Paul West - site designer
Robert Frost - photographer
Mitzi Miles-Kubota - copywriting
John Palombo - post production
Darby McCue - stylist
Ava, Chris, Claire, Claudia, Mary - models

Everyone was so generous with their talents on this project, and I am so grateful to work with a fantastic group of talented creative professionals. The website represents only two of my top selling accessories. I also enjoy painting smaller silk scarves and have produced a line of jewelry based on my silk painting collections. Both the scarves and jewellery are available for sale and to view in my Etsy Store

Become a fan of Joy Hand Painted Silk on Facebook!
Fan's of JoySilk on facebook will receive a personal discount code  good for 30% off,  plus you can share your discount with friends and family all year round - no limits!

I am thrilled to pieces about my Cartloom shopping cart technology, it makes secure online purchasing simple plus the shopping cart automatically calculates your personal discount.

Please share your comments, and let me know your thoughts about the newly designed website! Also take a look at the brief video overview and demonstration of silk painting with me on the home page.

17 February 2011

World Shibori Network: Proenza Schouler's SS11 collex brings "shibori" to fashionista lexicon

World Shibori Network: Proenza Schouler's SS11 collex brings "shibori" to fashionista lexicon

I am so happy to see this distinction being made by the fashion world. The fact that the surface design is being distinguished as shibori is a win. I am fascinated with shibori technique, mostly I experiment with arashi shibori in my studio. I find it a fascinating study, because I fold the fabric by hand rather than machine. Each time I fold and wrap the silk I don't know what sort of design will emerge.

The shibori process is involved and time consuming, as a result, I don't allocate time to the shibori technique on a regular basis, but rather when I find extra time on my hands, that is when I like to experiment with shibori.

I have experimented with monochromatic dye baths as well as with multi-colored dyes as well as overdyeing and discharging. My largest shibori pieces were created for a fine art installation at Ashland Art Works in 2003.

Here is a monochromatic robin's egg blue shibori dyed silk scarf that I made after taking a class with Ana Lisa Hedstrom in San Francisco a couple of years ago. It's for sale in my Etsy store.

I'm going to be looking for more fashion references to this fabulous Japanese dying technique! I'm also inspired to create some time to further experiment with this ever enchanting technique!