May 26, 2013
Happy Memorial Day Weekend. I get to relax a little this weekend. I spent the last two weekends doing two art shows, one showing just the scarves, one for both the art and the scarves. I’m pooped! The first was Unique LA in downtown Los Angeles on May 11 & 12, and then on Sunday May 19th I showed for the 5th time at the Balboa Island Art Walk. I’ve showed at the Balboa Art Walk five years, now, this was my first experience with Unique LA.
The fun thing about Unique LA is that its all local, hand-crafted work. And it was held in the penthouse of the California Market Center, where clothing wholesalers are located. I had a table location to show my hand painted scarves.
My immediate fellow vendors included: on the tables on either side of me were lovely women that made jewelry, across from me was a soap maker, a woman who made letterpress cards next to her, another table of necklaces on her other side. Oh, and the place a few spaces down that made, I kid you not, both salted caramel donuts and bacon/maple donuts. Which were both over-the-top delicious, by the way. And I’ve now had my donut ration for the next five years.
This woman was my first sale Saturday morning. She must have tried on a dozen of the scarves, and each one looked better on her than the last. Here she’s in the one she ended up getting: Lavender Poppies with sap green buds.
She bought it and put it on for the rest of her day. Makes the artist’s heart go pitter pat!
Later on my friend Rheena Mae came by, and modeled this one of the Poppies design in yellow, again with sap green stems and buds. I think she needs to buy this one, don’t you?? Especially to wear with that sap green dress!
Rheena makes a line of necklaces and bracelets called Mae Mae.
The second day was Mother’s Day. I’d been talking with all my neighbors, especially the card maker, who was English, and had told her mum in London about my scarves. When she decided to get her one, she came over with her iPhone while she was Face-timing with Mum so she could show her all the scarves, and Mum could choose the one she wanted. It was so very cool! and my longest-distance ever real time sale! There we were in LA, she was in London, and we were having this conversation so she could pick what she wanted. From thousands of miles away! My grandparents would be flabbergasted. I’m still getting a thrill out of it!
The purple scarf in the middle is a new style, and it’s on a color field. I’ve started experimenting with dying the scarves a background color first, then painting the pattern on the colored background. The other styles featured are (left to right, top to bottom): Fall leaves, Flower Fields, Farfalle (in turpuoise and green), Lines & Dots, Leaves (in grass and chartreuse), Farfalle (in light orange and deep pink), and Stars (in pink with lavender centers).
I only wish I’d had another pair of hands at the show, if only to document all the fascinating things people were wearing. I could’ve done a series just of all the shoes! But I did get this on, one customer had this small purse, fabricated from soda can pop tops. Fun, isn’t it!
And finally, here’s another new design, a development of the “Poppies” design. This one features a wave pattern in the background. If you have seen my paintings, you’ll know that this wave pattern is one of my signature patterns. I am tickled how I worked out a way to include this pattern onto the scarf designs–using foam brushes and a pair of scissors. I’ve made this design so far with these hot pink poppies, as well as with orange and yellow poppies so far. Next experiment is with a different color of wave! Maybe magenta waves behind the lavender poppies? Any ideas? Leave me a comment!
Next time I’ll show you the Balboa Island Art Walk.