New Scarves and Supporting the Local Alzheimer’s Association
October 8, 2012
Last week I participated with the local Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Visionary Women Luncheon, which honors caregivers. What a lovely thing to do, to honor these individuals who are caring for people with Alzheimers, or a working to find ways to treat this devastating disease. One aspect of the event is during the social time before and after the luncheon, where this year they featured eight artists demonstrating ad presenting their work. I showed my scarf-painting technique, and of course brought my scarves to sell. It was a really good day, I enjoyed showing the dying process, and sharing my scarves with a new audience.
While setting up the scarf-painting demonstration, photography by Ting-Ting Lee, of Ting-Ting Lee Studio
I had a lovely time, talking with everyone, showing and describing how I paint my designs, that each scarf is individually painted, and then signed and numbered. So each scarf is really a piece of wearable art, which is one of the reasons I wanted to make the scarves in the first place.
I have envisioned some of my paintings printed on textiles, because for the longest time I thought it would be fun to be able to wear designs from some of my paintings. I’ve always loved Liberty patterns, and vintage Lanz and Villager, too. The methods of painting on silk with dye are very different from painting watercolors, but can be done in a way so that many of the same themes and colors that I do in my paintings can be adapted for my scarf designs. I am constantly working out ways to make the scarves evoke similar imagery to my paintings.
And some designs come about simply for the scarves. One of these, my new “Leaves” design, is one of three I’ve recently developed. Here is the first new design, modeled beautifully by my friend and colleague Susan Haldeman, who helped me with sales at the event while I was demonstrating. And the great thing about this pattern is that it can be done in any color combination. As a matter of fact, I’d love to hear what combinations of colors you’d like to see it in! Use the Comment button below!
So I got to the event early, unloaded my scarf boards, on which I pin and then paint the raw scarves. You can also see my scarf display rack, with more of my scarves on it.
Setting up, photography by Ting-Ting Lee, of Ting-Ting Lee Studio
Talking with people while demonstrating my Dragonfly design, photography by Ting-Ting Lee, of Ting-Ting Lee Studio
Satisfied customer and Alzheimers’ Association supporter in her new Leaves scarf in lavender and turquoise, next to the event Sponsor Board. Yes, that’s Shirley Jones there on the board, who was the keynote speaker for the event.
photography by Ting-Ting Lee, of Ting-Ting Lee Studio
All in all it was a terrific day, and I was particularly pleased for the opportunity to work with the Alzheimer’s Association. Look for my upcoming post featuring more new scarf designs! And also Part 2 about modeling for the painting class!