I made some new friends with Nashville based Griffin Technology and they have been SO great to work with on releasing a limited edition series of Little Things Studio cases! I had the HARDEST time narrowing down to just three designs for this first run. If they actually sell, I’ll be able to order MORE with more patterns. I’m already dreaming up color palettes for Spring!
It is so scary to buy this many cases not being sure if I can even sell one. But I thought it would be worth the risk. I’ll be taking them to my upcoming Holiday craft shows. They will retail for $35 each. I’m not sure what shipping will be on these but I will do my best to keep shipping costs down to a minimum. I will have a very limited number of iPhone 4, more of iPhone 5/5S. It’s just three designs to choose from. I’ll be sure to post when they are available for sell on etsy!
I have been researching and reading about making some heavier weight silk scarves for fall. Thankfully I’ve made a few friends in Nashville who have REALLY helped me out. My friends Elizabeth and Allison have been so incredibly helpful. Elizabeth and I got together last Friday and tried our hand at Shibori with Indigo dye. I cut up HUGE pieces of raw silk and dyed them.
They dried much lighter but we figured out how to fix that the next time we get together to dye.
Then on Sunday night I started experimenting with dyes on raw silk to figure out the colors…
I was SO pleased so I started to paint. The scarf below took a bit longer than I anticipated but I LOVE the result.
Then I kept going today…
I can’t get this kind of precision with Silk Crepe, Crepe de Chine, etc. This is a much thicker silk, almost like cotton, but with a good texture to it. I feel like my sketchbook came to life and I can wear it. This navy one is 6+ feet tall so it took me a while to paint.
I changed my signature, because my name changed! And KW was much easier to write out than Kate Whitley.
I have decided to go in a much more muted monochromatic color palette right now. I am wanting to create more versatile pieces so they can go with anything in your wardrobe. I’ve got one black and white scarf that is always my go to scarf. I was wanting to make more of those for winter. Y’all, I’m really excited about these scarves. I’m going to keep most of them really big to keep you warm. I’m going to have special Holiday prices to move them out of my studio and into your arms.
Next year I’m resolved to be much more on a fashion schedule (I should be working on my spring collection right now HA!). But I’ve had to tell myself that I can only do what I can do today and that has to be enough. Moving my studio has been so challenging for me. Six weeks after moving, I just now feel like I can start working again. There are still boxes and clutter everywhere that drive me crazy but I’m slowly chipping away at the piles day by day. If you are wanting to keep up with whatever it is I’m doing, I post the most on Instagram or Twitter.
The idea for this calendar hit me one morning in early August while fixing my coffee. I had been playing with the idea of a Rain calendar. But the imagery had a long way to go. But then Irish Blessings hit me in the FACE. My great grandfather immigrated from Northern Ireland to America after World War 1. Our family inherited the estate when his sisters died so I grew up with Irish postcards, linens, even a piano from Ireland! I was named after my great great great(?) aunt Kate. And my middle name is my grandmother’s maiden name McCann. Apparently I inherited the pale skin, green eyes, and dark hair. I grew up with a bunch of my Irish books that my grandmother would collect. St. Patrick’s Day was a BIG deal at their house, too! All that to say, I knew ALL about Irish sayings and blessings. The WORDS are so happy and uplifting, I just had to use them. I’m in the final stages, hopefully sending the files to my printer tomorrow. I wanted to share a few of the patterns and blessings for you.
ALSO the calendar is a progression of a RAINBOW! Starts with red-violet in January and ends with Red in December! Because what is more Irish than a rainbow?!?! Okay, maybe a shamrock is, but you get it.
I promise to put the calendar on etsy as SOON as I get it back from the printer! And may the luck of the Irish be with you!
I’m finally back to SILK PAINTING! I haven’t painted a scarf in MONTHS! Dave and I have been married a little over a month and spent a huge bulk of our time looking for a place to move in Nashville. We finally found a fab house in East Nashville that we’ll be moving to September 14th! BUT I have Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago the weekend before we move! AH!!! I’ve been scrambling to get my inventory back up and make new work. AND I’ve had a lot of freelance work coming in that I just didn’t want to turn down. I’ve packed three boxes to move. Makes sense that I’m still worn out.
I switched to professional dyes when I bought my silk steamer. I was using silk paints that mimicked dyes. I thought the dyes would be the same as the paints, but they are VERY different. It is a completely new medium that I’ve been having to learn. It takes a lot of control and lot of thought. I’m not sure if I can make the same sort of designs that I was doing before, because it’s so different. It is like from painting with acrylics then switching to watercolor. I have only shown Dave the scarves I’ve done over the past few weeks, because I frankly have not liked them. I have been SO discouraged. Not good, y’all. Just not good.
Today I had a breakthrough that I wanted to show you. I realize this might not be the best scarf you’ve ever seen. BUT it’s a new exploration. It’s a new start. It’s a new direction. And it’s WAY better than the previous ones I’ve painted with the dyes. I am encouraged for the first time since I started painting with the French dyes.
Would LOVE to know your thoughts!