Here's the coral scarf, screened with a design of cascading laceleaf maple leaves. I *adore* this leaf for some reason and it's a very popular landscaping tree here in the Seattle area so I've been thinking of using it in my art for years. I'm really glad to finally have done something with it. I started out trying to work it into an artquilt but never quite got that going. Now, of course, having put it on some samples and played with it, the art ideas are flourishing. This only confirms that doing these accessories is a really productive way to try out some of my design ideas.
The art ideas will probably use this color combination below, the silvery gray with burgundy leaves. To me, that's classic Seattle fall colors. All the Japanese maples that turn that lovely color just stand out as the cloud cover comes in and starts us toward our winter grayness. This particular scarf will probably not be repeated as the dots were an accident. I was screening too fast on the leaves and the thickened dye mix splattered onto the scarf. Oops. Okay, we're going with dots! So, I added more. Of course, two people have said they love it so I may be speaking too soon to say I won't do it again. There was a certain wonderful playfulness in making all the dots since I did it very quickly and without analyzing where they should go. Just started dabbing away and I like the result even if it's nowhere near the subtle dramatic effect I was going for.
The teal scarf below was done using a discharge agent rather than a thickened dye. It went almost completely white which is somewhat starker than I was wanting but really creates a dramatic contrast with the lovely teal. I will be using this teal again, and I'll be experimenting with different methods of creating the leaves.
I'll also be putting future scarves, and the accent pillows I'll be doing later this month, on my newly reopened etsy store, LizCopeland.etsy.com. I wasn't expecting the store manager to take all of the scarves I'd done so far but apparently silk scarves, especially in the $45-65 price range, sell quickly and she was very glad to have them. I'm glad I've found a way to try out new dyes and screens without drowning my studio in samples!