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Hello everybody,
I have been quiet for too long! Now it's time to update you on my new projects.....
I am starting a line of handpainted scarves. The first cotton pareos with tigers were a great success. Each pareo had a small tsunami doll attached to it to. These dolls are made in Auroville is Southern India by women to help make money after the disasterous tsunami that hit many of them.
Now I am working on a collection of scarves inspired by animals. There are some thick woven cotton scarves with fringes I will use batik on. Here is a photo of one of the blocks made with nails. The design will remain white and the rest of the scarf will be overdyed with the blue colour indigo. Actually you will only see parts of the tiger on the design! The dying process is quite fascinating. The process is very eco friendly. I actually saw where the dying takes place on a grassy compound in Auroville and it is all run by a man called Jesus. Only he can't stop the roaming 'holy' cows from entering his site!
I am also waiting for some scarves to arrive form Pondicherry. Last December I took out some silk I had designed for Lacroix for ties. This I had cut up into small pieces and stitched in the shape of a giraffe onto a gorgeous Italian jacquard and lined with old embellished sarees. There are also some handpainted leopards on turquoise Shantung silk with a secret opening hiding a small purse inside.
Another tiger line will be cotton/silk scarves handpainted with natural dyes by a man called Bond, not James I'm in progress.  The technique is called Kalamkari. I am very excited to see the results! On the otherhand here in Brunate I am working on some handpainted silk cashmere pashminas with golden tigers....
As for painting my love for colour and paint won't let me rest and hence the new experiments with just colour. Actually I am calling this series 'Hungry for colour', as I am using plates, spoons and forks too! Often as I cook I am enraptured by the amazing colours naure produces and want to capture them so I work with a camera near catch the moment before eating what's infront of me...! Let's see what my next series will be....