11 April 2018

Wear Periwinkle - April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

I'll bet you didn't know that April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, did you? 

I've been working on a special project as a fundraiser for ECAware.org, the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association to coincide with EC Awareness month in April. They commissioned me to create two different sizes of periwinkle silk shawls featuring the heartfelt saying "courage from deep within endures forever", "ecaware.org" and the organizations own logo. Now you can wear Periwinkle! 

Periwinkle Blue Dupioni Silk

ECAware.org is dedicated to helping patients, caregivers, survivors, family members and anyone at-risk for the disease. ECAA is run by tireless volunteers with a goal to create a community of survivors patients and caregivers that can provide support and information while also increasing awareness of the disease. 

Hand stenciled in silver and gold
The first limited edition collection of five supremely soft and sumptuous 36 inch square Raw Silk Scarves and five gorgeous petite Dupioni Shawls measuring 12 x 72 inches. Look for them online at ecaware.org.
Some of the scarves feature my logo!

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 to Miata Studios.

I want to share a few standout projects from 2017 to showcase the variety of projects that I have been able to create. First of all, thanks to my customers, I had stupendous clients in 2017! They came from many different avenues, some clients find me via Facebook, be they fans, friends or friends of friends, some of my clients are beloved repeat customers, some find my Etsy shop Joyflower. 

My first special project, was a referral from an esteemed fellow silk painter. This charmeuse shawl for was specially designed by the Mother of the Bride for a black tie wedding to be held at a game preserve in South Africa!

Click this link and scroll left and right to see the photos that inspired this bold shawls (photos 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 for a Celtic Dragon Sarong. from a fellow from Michigan. I enjoyed creating it from his vision, which was based on his own dragon tattoo. 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 wonderful clients, a womens' group that I have been working with since they found me in 2013! Check out this short promotional video that highlights the process of making a special ritual object for the Kohenet instructors. 

I created 13 customized ruanas for the Kohenet initiates. This is an all 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 their Kanfot Rabbot and will be used to wrap the Torah and in ceremonies. Follow this link to see more blog posts featuring Kohenet. 

A commissioned silk shawl for a special gift for mother's 80th birthday came from another repeat customer. It was co-designed by her grand daughters, who conceptualized the colors and Kokopelli motif.  One of the young ladies also assisted painting the silk fabric with me in my studio. The shawl is a bit large for g-ma, but it is a perfect home decor accent as a table runner in her lovely Sonoran desert home. 

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. It looks beautiful in her designer home. 

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

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