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
Legend says an empress enjoying tea in her garden discovered the first silk cocoon,
unravelled its immense length (up to 1300 meters) wrapped her tiny threads together
and the goddess of textiles came to life.
Saying the word silk resonates in the realm of glamour and mystery.
A kind of celestial glamour.
Silk a pure strand of protein, stronger than steel,
stands on her own as the preeminent fabric.
Her sensitive ability to cool when hot, to warm when cool,
to absorb colour like a mercurial countess, goes unrivalled.
Silk glows as charmeuse, adorns as habotai, embraces as velvet and shapes as taffeta.
She comes in 12 silk solo variations and weaves beautifully with linen, cotton and hemp,
gracing these fibers with her shining strength.
Silk became one of the premier products traded along the Silk Road. Due to its softness and beauty silk was in great demand in the ancient world. The Silk Road began at the ancient city of Chang'an (modern day Xian) and stretched over 4,000 miles
(6,437 kilometers) to the Mediterranean Sea.
It traversed deserts, high mountains and many other natural challenges.
The Silk Road took lengthy, costly routes transporting products by horse and camel; therefore traders chose smaller, lighter, and more expensive goods. Porcelain, gold, silver, ivory, salt, spices, and tea accompanied silk on these journeys.
Here’s a list of the museums and places I’ve studied and sought out examples of her journey from ancient to modern. Silk genealogy reads like my ancestral mix ~ Italy, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Greece, Persia & Portugal.
Seattle Museum of History & Industry
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Asian Art Museum
San Francisco Legion of Honor
San Francisco De Young
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ~ Antiques & Interiors Show
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Los Angeles County Modern Art
Otis College of Art & Design
Art Center College of Design
Arizona State University Art Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art ~ Manhattan
France ~ Paris, Lyon
Musée des Arts Décoratifs ~ Paris
Musée du Parfum
Musée des Arts et Métiers
Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs ~ Lyon
Italy ~ Como, Firenze, Venetia
Museo didattico della Seta di Como
Antonio Ratti Textile Foundation
Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Palazzo Pitti Costume Gallery
Museo Archeologico di Firenze ~ Egyptian
Museo del Tessuto di Prato
Palazzo Orfei ~ Fortuny
Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo
Fondazione Centro Ludovico Ragghianti
Greece ~ Athens, Crete
Along with enjoying numerous galleries, boutiques, artisanal workshops and lectures in the above cities and many more places like Pietrasanta, Lucca, Grasse,
St. Remy de Provence, and Positano.
I'm well able to present an interesting, educational talk on
Silk Archeology and Botanical Colour for your organization.
My top 7 list for two powerful atmosphere colours & silk styling ideas ~
1. Ralph Lauren rich black paint, white currant crushed linen sofa,
Cerise & white tulip printed silk pillows
2. Marble beauty bath, Italian silk robe & Parisian lemon verbena candles
3. Soot black library with creamy Magnolia & Platinum Silk wallpaper &
tone on tone floral silk pillows
4. Black petal shaped plate, dark luscious mussels decorated with Jasmine blossoms
5. Eggshell walls, lacquer ceiling, earthsake linens, mulberry slipper chair,
white Stargazer lilies with Marble silk ribbon
6. Metallic fig tray, Vietri taupe silverware, Ancient Woods linen napkin,
French toast with blackberry jam
7. Ivory Onyx panel, crystal light pendants, logwood black
botanically coloured Silk Velvet sofa with Sunstar pillows