Poppyhead and Seedpod fiber necklaces in Garnish

“Seedpods and Flowers”, my new collection of soft fiber necklaces are now available in Garnish. Right in the heart of Revelstoke, Garnish is an artist owned boutique with a full working studio. The boutique features all Canadian jewelers, three of which work out of the studio space in the back of the store. I am excited to have my fiber art jewelry featured amongst these talented jewelers.

Poppyhead in metallic blue on natural linen with hemp silk cord – hand dyed, screenprinted, mother of pearl button fastening.

Three copper seedpods on cotton and linen with a hemp silk textured edge cord, mother of pearl buttons, hand dyed and screenprinted.

This soft fiber necklace features two pods with a design hidden underneath – copper seedpod on hand dyed linen rayon, hand dyed and painted hemp, hand dyed hemp silk cord with MOP button

Metallic green poppyhead fiber necklace with screenprinted cotton border and hand dyed copper hemp silk cord.

Copper seedpods with Autumn leaf hidden pod – cotton linen, cotton, hemp silk, hand dyed, screenprinted, mother of pearl button fastener

Copper Poppyhead fiber necklace – cotton, hempsilk cord, shibori dyed textured frame, MOP button fastener

Purple and red screenprinted metallic blue seedpod with hidden Bee on second pod.

Seedpod Necklaces – new designs for the Fall

The first of my Seedpod collection of soft fibre necklaces are ready to share with the world. They feature the first of my six new pod and blossom screenprint designs. All are hand dyed, screenprinted and stitching is done by hand and machine. Fastenings are made with handmade loops and beautiful mother of pearl buttons.

Screenprinted cotton necklace with textured selvedge edge and three linen seedpods

Hemp silk with black linen in copper and metallic green linen pendants

Hemp silk and linen with metallic copper seedpod pendant

Hemp silk cord with natural linen – Seedpod over copper anemone flower

Hemp silk, natural linen and hemp Seedpod over Coral cotton pendant

Shibori dyed hemp silk with Coiled Spiral and Seedpod on linen pendant

Hemp silk and linen necklace with single seedpod pendant

More designs are in the making featuring poppy pods and other seedpods. I wrote about my inspiration for these designs here: Autumn’s Inspiration for Design.

Embracing slow clothes

Stitched shibori piece called ‘ori-nui’, or undulating lines pattern

Ever since I started working with the Japanese textile patterning technique called shibori my relationship to the world of cloth has slowed right down. Instead of becoming bored with the tedious nature of binding and stitching cloth, I have embraced the meditative quality of this new ‘slow’ process. It has enabled me to realize my connection to textile traditions and women all over the planet. I’ve also realized the importance of preserving these traditions from cultural extinction so that we may continue to expand on them with new innovations and personal expression.
Bound resist belt sash over shibori stitched resist skirt. The fabric shown above is now part of this skirt.

This concept of ‘slow clothes’ came to me last summer as I sat at markets and art fairs, working on a shibori bound resist belt sash which I was preparing for a fashion show. The technique required tedious but meditative binding of cherry pits into a beautiful piece of hemp silk fabric. I must have spent countless hours on this piece, but the result produced something which I am very proud of. There is no other way which I could have created this beautiful textured piece. Preserved in it’s pattern are moments of my life that summer, not too mention pits from delicious local cherries . My husband had made wine out of them years before and insisted that they be kept for a ‘project’ sometime in the future. Now they are a staple of my craft. In this particular piece many of the cherry pits remain in the fabric to maintain the integrity and texture of the belt. Where they have been removed after the dye process, a beautiful pattern emerges.
Although I have done many stitched and bound shibori pieces, this particular belt sash has become a symbol to me of what I see as the ‘slow clothes’ movement. It was during my wor
k on this belt that I came to contemplate this idea . However, it is also symbolic to me of the connection between food and clothing and reminds me of how indigenous people all over the world have always made use of every part of plants and animals which they ‘borrow’ from nature.

Shibori technique using bound cherry pits to create the resist pattern.

In this fast paced world I havebegun to understand that the gift to the wearer of these ‘slow clothes’ is not only the fact that they are more carefully made and beautiful, but that they are infused with ‘peace of mind’ by the maker. They allow the wearer to participate in a cultural experience of connecting with tradition as well as the joy of the maker’s creative process.

(I’m sure that many of you are familiar with the ‘slow food’ movement which began in Italy in the 1980’s and has since spread all over the globe.)

Slow Food Canada
Slow Food International