Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Creative Update

Wait! Don't forget about Blues by the Bay in Eureka, CA this weekend!! I'll be there with tons of goods, my new color and prints... we'll all dance and have a great time in the sun. Wooo!

Hm well I'm not usually good about posting my creative updates here. So I thought I'd share my latest color adventure... Rust. I've had lots of requests for orange, so this is my version. Happily, it turned out exactly as I pictured. Rich and earthy, but with lots of orange light... a bit brighter on the rayon than the cotton.

I was a little shocked by the orange dye bath... it was practically neon orange. Barney would call it safety orange. Most of my dye colors begin with a bright under color, much like underpainting. I think it gives my fabrics an energy, some of them sort of vibrate. (or maybe I'm just a dye geek... )

Then I overdyed it with my favorite dark brown, and I'm really happy with the result.

Oh, and I have a couple new prints I've been using... um two florals. My favorite is the one I'm calling Bohemian Floral. It's actually based on a traditional Indian design. I really like how the shapes interact with the textures of the material. Especially in this color combo... although I might be alone on this one. ha.

I'm planning on finishing up my new Swimming Mermaids prints for the blues show too... oooh they are pretty. Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Blues Baby!

Oh yessss, it's almost time for another Blues by the Bay, coming up on Labor Day weekend. Wooo! It's gonna be great. We had such a fun time last year... and this year my booth is much closer to the stage. Oh I'm excited alright. I just love a good music festival. If you haven't been, do it. It's really a family event... lots of dancing, food, local brew. Right on the water. People paddle their kayaks right up to it.

Looks like there are more vendors than last year... of course, crafts have only been included for the past 2 years. I'm hoping their move to a holiday weekend will bring in more folks. And that the weather is nice. Woo!

Meanwhile, the Buddy Brown Blues Festival in Blue Lake is also coming up on um... this Saturday, the 16th. I might need to go check that out as well. It's nice to be at a festival and not working, from time to time.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

South Beach Gallery

As I believe I mentioned a while back... I did a nice art & wine festival in Gold Beach, Oregon, where I met Mary from the South Beach Gallery. A very nice lady who now carries some hand-dyed Bohemian Mermaid pretties in her shop. Entire colorful outfits of ponchos with matching pants or jackets with matching tanks and skirts.

So if you're in the area, check out her gallery. South Beach Gallery on hwy 101 in Gold Beach. Wooo!