Based on a Karl Blossfeldt 19th century photograph this motif is a hand rendered image that meanders down the length of the scarf, the pattern playing against itself in transparent layers. Blossfeldt started out as a botanist then moved on to explore photography as it developed. He was captivated by plant forms, particularly the minute details that are often overlooked. Many of the images he took are of what we consider common weeds, weeds made beautiful by his vision. While his photos are stunning, it is this search for beauty in the seemingly mundane that resonates with me.
It all began when one of my dear friends got married. Tucked beautifully into her arrangements were these pods. It was one of those weddings where the joy and love were overwhelming. It's a symbol for so many good things in so many cultures that it's no surprise that it showed up there.
The lotus has significant meaning in many faith traditions. In Buddhism it is a symbol for purity, faithfulness and spiritual awakening. The list is even longer in Hinduism; beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality and eternity to name a few. Ancient Egyptians often depicted the lotus in hieroglyphics. It is associated with rebirth and also death.
Every collection needs a stripe, right? While I mulled over this for years nothing came to me. Finally, I just needed it, right then. And, it came. It's almost embarrassing to tell you how, so I won't. I do love it on just about everything, however.
I print this pattern in blocks on each scarf. It's an organic process therefore it's unlikely that any of the scarves will be the same. I can promise that each one will be carefully considered and beautiful.
Smitten by the images of cacti my friend posted of her trip to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens, I begged and pleaded with her to share. Gracious friend that she is, she obliged. This is what became of them.
I so love patterns that disguise themselves and become interpreted and beautiful for being something that they actually aren't. Wrapped around your neck this pattern could be sea urchins, fireworks or starbursts. If you step back and look at it in it's entirety, it becomes clear. It is beautiful cactus spines.
One of the original, and most popular, prints, 3C's is a true star. Is it river rocks. beach stones, bubbles maybe? The look is contemporary and brings modern and natural together seamlessly. Three bands of circles cascade down either end. It started out as simple doodles. Don't the best things start simply? The pattern is made to fit the scarflette and scarf sizes so unfortunately it isn't available in any other sizes.
Urban Wrap - San Francisco
I love gritty images from cities. This one was taken at a venerable San Francisco sandwich shop on Market street. I loved the way the diamond plate was so worn from the years and years of feet making their way to lunch. Then in the corners it wasn't worn at all, just as sharp as the day it was installed. The sense of history and human imprint is so appealing to me. I also love taking these images that are taken for granted and often seen as ugly by-products of urban living and applying them to the softest, most luxurious silk. Blurring the lines of beauty just a bit, that's what I do.