Collector turned friend Lisa A. made inquiries regarding the possible donation of one of my handmade scarves to the fundraiser she was organizing for her daughter’s school in NY. Since I do donate work to a limited number of organizations each year, and Lisa is so charming, I happily obliged. The theme for their 2013 event was “Red”. Hmm, I knew Lisa loved my sea themed scarves; and the next time I was at the courthouse – performing my duties as a part-time legal interpreter – the muses paid a welcome visit.
Word association is always a good place to start for me; it is also specially helpful for me to have someone in mind when I am designing a new scarf. As my good fortune would have it, that day – in the courtroom where I was working – the presiding Judge (who shall remain nameless) was an exquisitely beautiful and stylish woman… and a fully-formed concept took shape. Now I had three elements to base my work around: the color red, a sea theme and the beautiful judge as my inspiration. Word association first led me to the obvious: Red Tide, Red Sea… no, not for this scarf…. wait… Red Herring- I was in a courtroom, after all.
Red-Herring-Bone! I now had all the elements I needed for my design, the herring fish and the herringbone pattern, as well as red as the predominant color for the scarf.
It remains one of the most fun and delightful scarves I have made.
Detail of large, hand-painted silk bandana by Guatopo Design
One of our newest hand-painted textiles to land in the gallery is Guatopo Design’s 36-inch square large silk bandana done by artist, Adriana Mederos. Scroll through the images here to see the bandana as it was being completed.
Image of large bandana with “Sketchbook” pattern in gutta-resist clearly shown
Part of a collection of hand-painted fabrics done by a freehand-drawing method, this textile is a sample of what Guatopo is calling their “Sketchbook Collection” where they use all of their original patterns and authentic style to build a library of visual ques. This a bold, spirited composition, and yet the color palette is quite harmonious and truly ties the different areas together. Notice in the image above how the gutta (resist) is clearly visible on the surface of the silk!
Adriana Mederos finishing her large bandana for Guatopo Design.
Now finished, the large bandana is on view at Aquatro Gallery and is for sale. Aquatro invites you to stop by and ask to see it as it does require help in displaying it properly. We’re glad to do it because it is really magnificent!
Detail of hand-painted silk scarf - by Adriana "Gigi" Mederos - from 2012
Gigi’s been very busy the last few weeks – hand-painting silk scarves – and lots of them. She also painted a gorgeous tie for me to wear to my opening at the Boston Public Library – I felt like a million bucks wearing it! So I thought I’d give everybody a little taste of what’s to come when we open in a month or so…,
Adriana "Gigi" Mederos' hand-painted silk men's tie - from 2012
Okay, so here’s a peek at the men’s tie she painted for me. Trust me when I tell you it went fabulous with a dark pinstripe suit. And the golden / burnt umber grid painted in the middle of the tie is a wonderful surprise for the wearer because no one else really ever sees this little bit! Nice touch…,
Also, save the date – official opening on Memorial Day weekend. Stay tuned here for more updates and hours for the long weekend. We’re excited about the new season and about seeing all of you again soon!