Here's a sample of my hand-coloured salmon blush silk velvet
and a fragment silkscreened with my Persian jacket motif in silver metallic.
Sustainable botanical colour saturates silk with a glorious softness.
I adore and appreciate purity, transparency and quality.
Carolyn Quartermaine's book 'Revealed' sparked my interest in textile design when it debuted in America in 1997. Since this was in the ancient days before google, it felt like I'd entered a dream world of a genius maker. Her passionate enthusiasm for experimenting with colour and motif created a realm of possibility in my life.
Image 1 ~ Capiz shell frame, 100% silk velvet, silk & pineapple/cotton fabric,
raw woven silk, Parisian mother of pearl gift with Amalfi silk and blush feather.
Image 2 ~ Amalfi Stone Silk above the Pacific Ocean.
Image 3 ~ Creamy grey marble stone
On the morning of May 20th I dreamt of a lighthearted vision of bluebirds on copper branches, enjoying making this into a silk design. Roses blossom in beautiful abundance at Villa Gamberaia above Florence, Italy. Costume day at the French Chateau Vaux le Vicomte in the magnificent oval room overlooking the grand garden.
rough striated sharp edges of the shell
scent of the ocean & caress of the waves
Impressed for millennia in its taupe oval shape
a tiny abrasion, an affliction that hurts & rubs raw
the tender flesh within
the juice and the balm
formed to soothe & to heal the pain
becomes a gem
her round smooth glow
becoming a necklace or earrings
one eternal round of celestial worth
~ Juliet V
A page suddenly catches my eye
Mimi’s inspired pairing Fig & Pistachio dessert
I instantly imagine lamps lit on the olive trees &
smoothly cool frangipane drinks stirred with tall thin silver spoons
a confection of round layers with plump oval figs adorning
the top of the creamy pistachio flavored cake
If it's successful, design excites, sings, and settles the soul.
-Suzanne Goin, Jeffrey Alan Marks
Simplicity is not simple....it is the process of fulfilling an idea
using only that which is essential.
Interiors speak. Rooms emphasize whether one simply exists or lives,
and there is a great difference between the two.
-Van Day Truex
Decoration can be a state of mind, an unusual perception, a ritual whisper.
'The Mediterranean has the colour of mackerel, changeable I mean.
You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say its blue, because
the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or grey.'
Vincent Van Gogh, letter to his brother Theo