Weekends are a great time for adventures; they are a great time for exploring. I bet you often end up doing something new over the weekend and I bet you often want to document the moments with your camera. I know I do! I would urge you to not only capture moments but textures too. There is just so much magic in getting close and in admiring what is around us. Take a look below at a few examples and go test it out this weekend!
I am in love with scarves. Obviously (since I design so many of them). But, more than that, I am so happy when women make their RADOST scarf their own: when they style it in a way that's unique and that fits their unique lifestyle. My scarves are all about celebrating the beauty and joy we bring to the world.
I feel very fortunate to have my Glue It! scarf featured in "Distressed Denim and Silk RADOST Scarf," a fashion lifestyle blog created by Lisa of Lip Stain and Legos. On her website, Lisa celebrates creativity in all venues of our lives and creates a community of women who strive to live a full life. Hop over to her site and read away!
But first ... take a look at the beautiful outfit she created with my scarf. I appreciate her kind words about my design. And I just love the idea of combining my scarf with other textures, such as distressed denim and leather. What a modern and fresh take on classics!
As Lisa shows us, it's fun to create an outfit that uses a variety of textures even when just a few colors - black, white, blue, beige - come into the picture. Are you inspired? I certainly am! Thank you, Lisa, for your lovely feature!
When the sky reflects itself on land in the most beautiful of ways.
Rehoboth Beach, DE, March 2017
Photo credit: Martina Sestakova
One of my rules when I paint is to explore as many color combinations as I can. This prompts me to learn about how colors interact and to explore my feelings and reactions to the changing color story. An example? On the left is my original monoprint; on the right is a computerized version with hue/saturation altered in a computer program. Such different ambiance in these two options! Which one do you prefer?
I love when an article of clothing, such as a single (or two ...) infinity scarf, can work with many different garments in your closet and can transform itself into a variety of remarkable looks. My infinity scarves are definitely all about bringing joy to you and to your outfits. That's why I do what I do.
If you own one of my scarves, you already have at least four ways of styling it. Today, let's expand on these styling ideas. Yes, my infinity scarves come in one size - a size that literally fits all. Yet, they are versatile and it's just so fun to put them on!
One of my favorite ways to wear an infinity scarf is to double it over. You get a nice layering of the colorful pattern. You get a nice space between the fabric and your neck (I realize some people don't like to have fabric right up to their chin). And, you get a circular shape that draws attention to your face. Then ... how about we double on the double! Take two scarves and fold them over creating an even more visually appealing look. Just a little bit more volume adds tons of fun!
There is something so classy to an extended double loop. You can double your scarf over and pull down one of the loops. And as with the previous example, you can use two separate scarf to create a truly lovely cascading drape. I promise it will draw attention!
The single infinity loop is indeed the fastest way to add interest to any outfit you choose for the day. Literally, just drape the scarf over your neck. You will get a lovely elongated feel and a huge visual impact as the scarf print is fully revealed in its colorful glory. I enjoy cinching the scarf at the waist with a belt or wearing it over an oversized top. This style with elongate you without adding bulk to your outfit.
What else? Enjoy your RADOST infinity scarf and smile!
It makes me really happy when my designs bring happiness into your lives. If you like what you see, hop over to the shop and wrap yourself in joy!
Spring is here! Let's celebrate by appreciating this beautiful painting by Alexandra Sherman. In her own words, "This piece is an abstraction of the red bud trees, which will shortly be in bloom." Love what you see? Hop over to Alexandra's page to see even more!
I used to have 2 cats. Boy, did they have strong personalities! And that's just such a great source of creative inspiration ... Indeed, how does one capture a cat's personality in a drawing? I got to work and sketched away; I ended up with this black-and-white drawing. Doesn't this cat look strong and opinionated and confident? I like that! But one doesn't stop there; the picture on the right is just a little test on creating a cat pattern. What do you think about it?
"Layering in Post Winter Weather" According to Justine Hong. See How This Fashion Blogger Styled My Scarf!
Justine Hong, the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Just Souled Out, shares an intriguing story of images and thoughts on her successful website. It was a pleasure to collaborate with her on styling of my handmade RADOST scarf from the Glue It! collection.
In Layering in Post Winter Weather, Justine certainly has a remarkable take on a classic, such as an infinity scarf. I am loving the touch of purple in her hair; it provides a nice contrast to the black-and-white print. She wears the scarf doubled over, which is such a quick yet stylish way to wear any infinity scarf! And combining the oversized pattern in the scarf with a smaller print in a high polish top is so refreshing.
I am happy Justine is enjoying this unique infinity scarf. She is making it her own in this modern outfit while providing fun styling tips to her readers. Want to know more? Hop over to her site and enjoy her stories!
Mondays are for eating pizza. And loving the beautiful colors scheme created by crust, cheese, pesto, and nuts!
Kensington, MD, March 2016
Photo credit: Martina Sestakova
Anything can be beautiful! Upon a random store trip, I stumbled upon these lovely sailing lines. I snapped a photo and played around with it applying a variety of filters and finishes. One of my favorite textile patterns is the mirror pattern when an image is mirror against itself over and over. Et voila! Isn't the pattern fun and mesmerizing? It looks almost like an op art piece and is sure to pull you right in.
Spain's Mirella of "Dolce Kiara" Styles My Scarf In the Loveliest of Ways. Indeed, It is the Best Accessory!
I love collaborating with other artists and fashionistas as much as I do creating my infinity scarf designs. It's so great to get my ideas out there into the wild wild world and to see them transformed by others and incorporated into their lives. It's been a real pleasure working with Mirella, a fashion blogger who runs her website Dolce Kiara out of Spain.
Mirella's latest blog on her love for green highlights my handcrafted scarf from the Nature's Colors collection in orange in the loveliest of ways. The look, a fresh and modern combo of green and black-and-white stripes, brings out my colorful scarf nicely. The green in the jacket wakes up the green in my scarf, which started as an abstract watercolor. Scroll below and see the great styling tips!
If you like Mirella's contemporary fashion sense, I urge you to follow her commentary on her website. I very much appreciate her working with me and am looking forward to seeing her future blogs!
Fabrics are fascinating and one of the most popular is silk. I got to paint on silk for a class project, which you can see below. The fabric paints are fun to play around with and as the paint dries, you will see your design change. Have you tried painting on silk? Let me know!
I invite you to visit my online shop and store locations in the Washington DC area. Check out a variety of colorful textiles turned into fashionable accessories (infinity scarves) and home decor treasures (throw pillows). A touch of color will definitely bring joy into your wardrobe and your home!
Ooh, pink. Pink. Pink. Pink. I could keep going; that's how much I love this color. I often use it in my textile designs and I bet you have something pink in your closet. Pink is a cool color: it has energy, it can go from strong to being barely there.
When you look up a definition of 'pink', you come across this:
- Adjective: of a color intermediate between read and white
- Noun: the best condition or degree
I had no idea pink could be a noun and a great one at that! Every time I put something pink on - be it an infinity scarf or a top or a skirt - I feel a boost of energy, of optimism, and of brightness and lightness.
As I mentioned, I use pink in my prints and designs a lot. I challenge myself to come up with different ways of incorporating it in terms of technique and in terms of color combinations. Of course, I love black and pink: the contrast is strong and I enjoy that. Often, though, I work with pink and other colors to create a sense of visual balance, of dynamism that is there yet not screaming for attention. Pink likes grey and grey likes pink. And who knew? Pink goes great with neon green and forest green and purple and beige ... Take a look below at several of my textile designs. Don't they all have a completely different feel to them? That is the power of pink.
Pink, really, is like you and all of your joys and feelings and ideas. When you go into your closet, it expresses everything that you are and I believe adding pink to your closet is a great way to spruce it up and to bring the 'best condition' (just as it is in the definition) to your wardrobe. Don't have pink in your closet? Want it? Get in touch so I can help you find the best match for your personality and your style.
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