This Spring blog features my treasured still life subject, the winged rabbit. That such an unlikely prey animal should possess the power to fly charms me and is symbolic.
A new adventure is underway for Daud and myself, a quest to fulfill a long-held dream. We are creating artist-designed fine silk scarves under the name Serithea. (in Greek: "Seri" means silk and "thea" means goddess.) Woven into both of our life histories is a passion for textiles. Scarves are a way of life for a large portion of the planet's women. The four women in Daud's family have libraries of exquisite scarves to enhance every occasion. I remember inheriting one of my Swiss grandmothers Hermés scarves, and what a useful and sensuous heirloom it remains. Another influence is my mother and a sister who are quilters---composing fabric into useful and elegant designs which will pass on through generations. We want to create wearable, artistic heirlooms on finest silk.
It's early days yet---we are sourcing the silks and selecting production partners, and of course, designing. Initially the project was Daud's. He already created the first suite of designs. But I could not keep my hands out of the project and will be cutting linoleum prints for a more graphic suite of scarves.
We are deeply grateful to ThreeTwelve Creative branding and marketing company. They are helping us with the identity for the endeavor. Simultaneous thanks to each of you for the enthusiasm and support you've already shown towards the project. Thanks to John and Angela Shaheen and Pierre van Minxel who set us on the path to the silk makers. Our passion towards Serithea scarves means that we are busier than ever because we continue to be easel painters, but the creative reward is worth the time. We hope you enjoy the results!
Early prototype scarves which meet our standards will be available for pre-launch sale within weeks, and we hope to have our web boutique within 6 to 12 months. To receive information on Serithea's awakening, click on the link below, or comment on this blog.
Thank you for visiting my Olvera studio this Easter morning, and I wish you a wonderful Spring.