My first Open Studio

Last Sunday was my first open studio. What fun, but what a lot of work. All of the Artists in Residence at the Community Center participate in an open studio on the first Sunday of every month. I missed last month because I was away. I hung up a few things and sold one scarf (my very first sale!!!).

This month, because I was actually going to be there, I decided to put in a bit more effort. I sent out e-mail announcements as shown below.

I went in on Saturday and spruce things up a little. In this shot you can see the series of scarves that I've been working on for fun.

I was really delighted by how well they were received. I ended up with a steady stream of visitors, many of whom got a jump on their holiday gift purchasing How very nice for them and for me! It was a real pleasure to watch people enjoy looking, trying, and selecting. Making these scarves was great fun for me. On some level I thought that was it. I wasn't entirely prepared for the added pleasure of sending them out into the world to be a part of other people's lives.

And finally, here are a few shots of individual scarves just to give you and idea of what I'm up to.

If I remember correctly, this was soy wax on white cloth, low water immersion, overdye, discharge, and black extruded dye.

One of my first rust prints. The photo does not do justice to the golden glow this produced on the 8mm habotai fabric. My old wrenches are almost re-rusted and ready for another batch!

One of a number of really great results from the "scrunch and pour" method that I learned from Carol Soderlund. To the left you can see part of another batik piece.