Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This is a very special fabric for me. It came from my great aunt's collection. She was a master seamstress who, in her youth in the late 1920's, worked for Novilles (sp?) and Roberts who were prominent "modistes" (dressmakers) in New Orleans. The fabric is a Skinner silk. Skinner was one of the great American silk mills in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. I love this description from an article at fabrics.net "The Skinner name in fabrics conjures up sumptuous images of slinky satins, rustling silks, fine silk prints and luxurious linings. Every bride's dream was to float down the aisle in a shimmering gown of Skinner silk. Every woman's wish was to feel the soft warmth of a Skinner lining next to her skin." I backed the Skinner print with black silk chiffon.Cat modeled this for me at the fabulous LA hair salon Clark Nova, where she works.
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Silvertop, a John Lautner house overlooking the Silverlake reservoir in L.A..
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
Artists' Studio Galleries at the Palos Verdes Art Center. The Artists' Studio sells the work of artists, artisans and craftspeople who live and work on the Palos Verdes Penninsula. Gabrielle has an especial passion for dramatic art-to-wear pieces that she features at the gallery and in the Wearable Expressions shows she organizes so I was surprised that she was attracted to this very subdued scarf. It's made of a very soft charcoal pinstriped wool suiting fabric backed with the sheer, gauzy wool I've been using a lot of lately. But it doesn't take bright colors or fancy trims to create drama. It's all about the way you wear it and the personality that you express. And Gabrielle has a lot of personality, so this dark and subdued scarf is just enough.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
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here. Now we have handsome Henri putting a sporty spin on the same scarf. Henri has good taste, as you can see at his culture blog.
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The Shield? I found some vintage wool in the same shade of yellow as the little shields scattered across the midnight blue silk I used for that scarf. So now we have Tamara wearing The Shield with a yellow wool backing, instead of black. Tamara cuts hair at Clark Nova Salon, where I took this picture. Check out her hair artistry here.
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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Alison is back wearing a little floral scarf that acts like a bit of jewelery: an accessory with more aesthetic value than pragmatic use. It's made of sheer printed 70's silk backed with the very sheer black wool I've been using lately. Too sheer to keep you warm, but it sure looks pretty.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
here. Our model is jewelery designer Melissa McClure who does incredible work in gold.
Oh, and check this out: James Beard is wearing an apron made from the same printed Thai silk, except in red and black, on the cover of this Cuisinart cookbook!
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
posted a scarf made from the Marimekko rose print called Maalaisruusu. I've made some more scarves from this fabric but this time instead of backing them with black linen I used the gorgeous brick colored vintage Kanebo silk I found at an estate sale last week. Kanebo started out as a silk mill but the company is better known now for their silk based cosmetics. I met web designer Alison for dinner and there she was with her red hair sitting against the stone wall, and I just happened to have this red rose scarf with me
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I'll have an update shortly on the Marimekko Rose patterned scarf I posted earlier but in the meantime here's Tiger wearing another vintage Marimekko print scarf. I found this fabric mounted as a wall hanging. The print is called Kumiseva and was designed in 1971 by Japanese designer Katsuji Wakisaka. The print shows the roofs of a Finnish or Russian village but as you can see, when it is broken up into a small scarf it becomes quite abstracted. And this is a small scarf. I had just enough fabric to make a handful of these short neck wraps backed with black cotton satin.
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Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Masha (see Marimekko Roses post below) and I went to the opening party for the Beacon Arts Building in Inglewood last night and decided to take advantage of the pristine white walls of the new gallery space to take pics of each other wearing my scarves. So, my readers, you finally get to see a picture of me, Charles, the creator of the scarves! I call this scarf The Shield because of the little yellow shield shapes strewn on the dark blue silk, as well as the fact that it provides a useful shield against cold and wind because of the wool backing on the reverse. The silk is a vintage fabric from the fifties, I believe.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
"Le Billard Electrique". Or the bright signs of old Times Square made up of row after row of individual light bulbs. An exquisite silk combining plaid and polka dots into a big flashing, colorful sign. Christine just happened to be wearing a red silk jacket when we met up the other day. And I just happened to have this scarf and my camera. The scarf is backed with that beautiful Italian wool satin I've used on some of the other scarves I've posted previously.
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artist Jen Smith of pickle fame, is wearing a luxurious silk velvet scarf with a rich argyle design, backed with lightweight wool. All of the printed and patterned fabrics I use to make scarves are "found" fabrics, meaning none were bought new. I find the fabrics at thrift shops and yard sales, either as unused short lengths or as garments or home decor items that I take apart and repurpose. It's not often that one finds a beautiful silk velvet at a thrift shop. This was a nice find that matched well with the lightweight wool I had around. The scarf Jen is wearing has a blue wool backing. I also made a couple of these with an incredibly soft Italian black wool satin as shown in the lower picture.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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Monday, October 4, 2010
Chi-hong visited Beijing this summer to present at a conference on statistics. If he goes back in the winter, this scarf will keep him warm and stylish.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
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Friday, September 17, 2010
available again but not in this color. 100% cotton, backed with black linen. A great weight for spring or fall.
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