The Wonders of Silk

This past summer, I was able to revisit a shop, Ginny’s Fine Fabrics, which I’d discovered for the first time more than 10 years ago. The shop is filled with an amazing array of beautiful, very fine fabrics and notions from all over the World~~

~brightly colored, soft cotton prints from London…

~~nubby, rich colored,thick wool…

~~~& vividly colored, wonderful 100% silks from places such as Italy.

It reminds me of a fine fabric shop like one might find in New York or Paris!

I remembered and dreamed about the painterly, fantastically-colored printed silks on long tubes, filling large barrels, since that first visit! So finally this year, I purchased a half yard of the most beautifully colored Italian silk, whose print looks like an Impressionistic watercolor painting!

Collected beautiful Italian Silk
Collected beautiful Italian Silk

I’ve enjoyed using 100% silk thread to hand-roll the edges to create a hand-rolled edge silk scarf..The fabric and thread both have a wonderful soft texture, making it great to work with!

This is the type of material that inspires designers to create beautiful garments! And, reminds me of the stories in history when fine fabrics & textiles were considered part of a family’s wealth…

Being a natural fabric made from the spun fibers of silkworms, silk takes on dyes in a manner that creates a unique hand, or texture, to the cloth and vivid, shimmery colors! This piece of fabric is an exquisite 100% Italian silk that is just beautiful…

I look forward to the pleasure of wearing this scarf!

If you love it as much as I do, I hand-rolled the edges of a second scarf made from this wonderful silk~~

 

It is now available in my studio’s on-line Shop!  🙂 

(Use Code:SILK at check-out for Free-Shipping through February 29th!)

Hope it finds someone who will love it as much as I do!

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Color Play!

Hi Everyone!~Today I’m playing around with colors for inspiration, as I experiment in the Studio….!

I love just simply using colored pencils to imagine different color combinations…

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Dividing into the Cool Colors!~~

Leafy greens

vivid Blues of water & the sky

and the majestic purples

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Then there are the Warm Colors!~~

The earthy browns...bright sunny yellows….

the orangey orangesfiery, exciting reds...

and the nice, delicate pinks

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Hummmm….just imagining….exploring….improvising & thinking up new ideas!  🙂

*Which colors “make your heart sing”? 

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In the Studio~Experiences

Today I was thinking about “experiences“~~times in Life that we see or do something, perhaps for the first time, that gets our attention!….Perhaps it helps us to learn new things, or to encourage us in our daily activities, and maybe even to grow in a new way.

Visions of Spain~inspired by travels to a new place!

(Click to read more about each series and piece in the Gallery!)

The Present Through the Past (Segovia, Spain, 2014).

Maybe artists and other creatives are more aware of and/or seek out these experiences more than some other people, and they then strive to process these explorations of Life and express them….visually in artworks… or through writing….or the movement of dance…and through the sounds and compositions of music.

Child’s Play~expressions of how children grow and development.

Playtime Games”, © 2012, Joni Beach.

 

Meow, Mr. Whiskers, © 2013 Joni Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

When I am in the Studio designing and creating, every piece has a connection with my personal Life experiences, ideas, and feelings. They are “self expressions” gathered from my Life…in which viewers and collectors of art may identify with in some way! An artist’s creation may remind you of a similar experience, or impression you’ve had, or may give you a glimpse into something new that you have never experienced!

 

Nature’s Perspective~inspired by the nature experienced around me.

A Different Perspective, © 2014 Joni Beach.

Fractured Fish #1 (2006).

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Sea Images~ images of the  ocean’s magical treasures inspired by trips to the beach and aquariums.

 

*A Question? What type of artistic works are you drawn to and Why?…The type that reminds you of a similar life experience, or ones that are interesting because they are new to you?  🙂