ScarvesOfPaintedSilk

Hand Painted Silk Scarves by Sarah Wood

New York, United States

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WEAR A PAINTING, a flutter of color! Put one of these silken works of subtle or evocative art on – twine the color and pattern around your neck, gather it under your face, fling it over your shoulder, tie it around your head or fly it from your hat, knot it between your breasts or at your throat - and see how the patterns of lustrous color seem to light your face, bestow grace to your frame or elan to your movement, impart glow to your skin and eyes, and – not necessarily unseen – to your spirit? You are enhanced – and so also is that shirt, that blouse, that dress, that jacket or coat, and even that tee shirt!

MY ART. I never present an image of a fully extended scarf because I hope to prevent copying or plagiarism. The viewer here cannot really see that many of the scarves, fulfilling my particular concept of what a non-figuratively conceived 'painting' IS, sometimes present personally satisfyingly coherent expressions that seem sardonic, or ironic, or poetic, or romantic, or merely playful - or even musical.

PRICING: The more I feel I have met my rather inexplicable criteria for what a painting is, the higher I price the scarf.

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Last updated on May 31, 2020

Take a look! Have fun!

WEAR A PAINTING, a flutter of color! Put one of these silken works of subtle or evocative art on – twine the color and pattern around your neck, gather it under your face, fling it over your shoulder, tie it around your head or fly it from your hat, knot it between your breasts or at your throat - and see how the patterns of lustrous color seem to light your face, bestow grace to your frame or elan to your movement, impart glow to your skin and eyes, and – not necessarily unseen – to your spirit? You are enhanced – and so also is that shirt, that blouse, that dress, that jacket or coat, and even that tee shirt!

MY ART. I never present an image of a fully extended scarf because I hope to prevent copying or plagiarism. The viewer here cannot really see that many of the scarves, fulfilling my particular concept of what a non-figuratively conceived 'painting' IS, sometimes present personally satisfyingly coherent expressions that seem sardonic, or ironic, or poetic, or romantic, or merely playful - or even musical.

PRICING: The more I feel I have met my rather inexplicable criteria for what a painting is, the higher I price the scarf.

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A Flutter of Color: Hand Painted Silk Scarves from Sarah Wood's Scarves of Painted Silk

Free-hand doodling, arriving at original relationships
between line and hue and color -
So...
I paint them, and have to sell them.
(I could never wear all of them, anyway - could I!?)
So ...
You, then, are the beneficiary of the work that follows the impulse.

G I F T - W R A P P I N G
P O L I C Y
How do I gift wrap? Only very modestly. The already prettily prepared-for-shipping scarf - folded carefully into a transparent cellophane envelope that shows off the colors and pattern of the scarf nicely - is wrapped simply in one or two sheets of tissue paper of a complementary or perhaps contrasting color. If you like, I will place an upside-down business card on top of the packet with a greeting requested by you and penned by hand by me.
That is IT! Nothing fancier.
You can view an example - an image of a scarf in its routine cellophane envelope along with a sheet of colorful tissue I would use to wrap it and the manila envelope I would ship it in - at checkout.

THE SCARVES:
All hems are hand-rolled and stitched.
No two scarves are alike, although some echo each other.
Each scarf is color-fast and hand-washable and each is signed by me.

THE WEIGHTS ('MOMMES'):
THE 'mommes' (pronounced 'mommies" and abbreviated as 'mm'): The momme number represents the weight per area of the silk weave: the lower the figure the lighter the weave. Organza, at 5 mm, is really, really lightweight. My 'large jacket and coat' scarves are usually 16 mm crepe de Chine; the heaviest of all are the occasional charmeuse I paint, at about 19 mm.

T H E S I Z E S
OBLONGS:
Here are the rough dimensions of the oblong sizes I paint:
small (“neck scarf”): about 8” wide and 50-53” long
medium: 11-15” wide and 61-64” long
large: 13-14” wide and 69-80” long
shawls/wraps: 17-22” wide and 80-96” long
SQUARES:
21-22X21-22" (approximate, and not in every weave)
24.5x25" (approximate, and not in every weave)
35=36x35" (approximate, and not in every weave)

SHIPPING:
First class standard shipping is free nationally and comes with insurance and tracking. It usually takes 3 days to destination, although during holiday periods it can take 5 or 6. There are upgrade options and prices at checkout.
To almost all international destinations, including Canada, the European Union, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand, shipping will be by US first class international and will be charged at the USPS rate of $13 (currently approximate; on 11/22/17 the rate is $13-and-change) for up to two scarves (or perhaps 3 if they are lightweight).

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
Printed instructions for the care of the silk are enclosed with each purchase, but the best and most detailed instructions are to be found here, just below).

THE WEAVES:
Please refer to my personal website for descriptions of the various weaves I use:
http://scarvesofpaintedsilk.com/about-the-scarves/

My personal website is where you can also find my planned upcoming show schedule.


HOW TO CARE FOR THE SCARVES:

Short version: just wash by hand, rinse well, and press with hot iron while still quite damp.

Full version: The scarves are easily washed in sudsy warm water using mild liquid detergent or baby shampoo. Rinse once in warm water, a second time with a dash of white vinegar in warm water to remove traces of detergent or soap, a third time with a tablespoon or so of hair conditioner well diluted in hot water to restore the 'hand' (the feel) of the silk, and a final time in plain cold water. After all that, blot with a towel and press with a hot iron while still quite damp, taking care not to iron over the rolled hems. Try to allow the hems to dry thoroughly before folding and putting away so that moisture will not make the silk any more than normally likely to crease.
On the subject of creasing, if the silk has been stored folded, particularly if in a pile, the refolding ought to be done in a different pattern. Silk tends to remember creases and you don't want to encourage that.
If you find a spot of oil or grease on a scarf, you may spot clean it: dot the area with mild dish detergent or baby shampoo and work it quickly through the silk with your fingers before rinsing very thoroughly in hot water with perhaps just a few drops of white vinegar and then blotting in a towel. You can then try to smooth the area with your fingers and leave it to dry, and you may be lucky and not have to pull out the iron. Sometimes a spot of grease will require two sudsings; do not press with a hot iron until you are certain the oil or grease is no longer there.
If you find a fruit or tomato sauce sort of stain, try to get to it quickly. Use a little mild dish detergent, and if that does not remove the stain completely, try a little non-chlorine bleach on it, working fairly quickly and rinsing well, perhaps with a little white vinegar in the rinse water. The scarf will probably be none the worse after treatment.
If your scarf comes off your neck looking a little tired and wrinkled, try hanging it in a damp bathroom; sometimes that is all that is needed to relax the creases enough to make pulling out the iron unnecessary.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade the dye - in other words, do not hang in a sunny window for long periods of time.

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Last updated on May 24, 2020
Hello, AND SOME BACKGROUND TO CONSIDER):

I could entitle my shop "IMPERFECT SILK SCARVES, HANDPAINTED AND UNIQUE!!"

No, just kidding! That they are handpainted (or hand painted or even hand-painted!) and unique is certain, of course. But they are all also somewhat Irregular and, indeed, Imperfect! Of course, the terms are debatable. Some customers, at shows I do, just shrug and say, "That's just part of the painting", while others will reject the item out of hand.

I make the point that they are all irregular and/or imperfect, however the terms are understood, in order to make another point. And that is that my scarves, except for the weaving of the silk itself, are made entirely by hand, and that therefore every single one of them has at the very least a certain quirkiness. At in-person sales events, I have been seen to get a certain charge out of declaring to the finicky customer, "I challenge you to find one perfect scarf among the 200 or so you see here in my booth!!"

Sometimes the thread used in the hemming resists dye. This is an insoluble problem, as far as I, the artist wishing to continue painting who is constrained to sell the goods painted at a price people can afford, am concerned. How could I ever hem them myself using silk thread that will not resist dye without charging - oh, let's just say . . . five times as much as I do? It takes quite a while to hand-roll and hand-stitch a hem into several feet of sometimes quite slippery silk.

Sometimes the problem is caused in the steaming and/or in the final wash-out of the silk that must follow the painting. Two mishaps can occur . . .

The most distressing one is that a bit of dye from one scarf penetrates the cotton sheeting separating the scarves in the steamer and stains an adjoining or overlying scarf with a color that is completely extraneous to the victim, the scarf so stained. It does not happen often, but when it does it can make the scarf it happens to definitely irregular - sometimes quite so.

The second mishap, rather more frequent, occurs when one scarf's dye, during the involved wash-out process of the several scarves in a steamed batch that follows their removal from the steamer, touches another scarf and transfers a bit of dye where it was never intended. Or - and this is really upsetting and almost impossible to prevent - a scarf with diverse colors in it and painted in a certain intentional fashion, when wet during the washout process, touches ITSELF and stains ITSELF, leaving color where it was not meant or color that was not meant. I may never find a way to prevent wet silk from touching itself.

I make every effort to make a note of any 'irregularity' in a scarf when I list it for sale and, as written repeatedly with the listing of such scarves, will happily provide the interested customer with a photo to illustrate, and always do price the item according to my estimate of the seriousness of the 'irregularity".

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Every purchase is fully refundable or is exchangeable only if the customer has contacted me concerning the desire to return or exchange within 14 days of receipt of the scarf and returns the scarf in unaltered condition within 30 days of the purchase.
I cannot pay for the return shipping UNLESS I am at fault. I REALLY MUST HOPE FOR THE GOOD FAITH OF THE CUSTOMER.
Payment
Visa, American Express, Mastercard, and Paypal.
Shipping
First class standard shipping is free nationally and comes with insurance and tracking. It usually takes 3 days to destination, although during holiday periods it can take 5 or 6. There are upgrade options and prices at checkout.
To almost all international destinations, including Canada, the European Union, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand, shipping will be by US first class international and will be charged at the USPS rate of $13 (currently approximate; on 11/22/17 the rate is $13-and-change) for up to two scarves (or perhaps 3 if they are lightweight).
Please note that I cannot be responsible for surcharges or customs fees charged within the destination countries.
Additional policies and FAQs
G I F T
W R A P P I N G
P O L I C Y

How do I gift wrap? Very modestly. The already prettily prepared-for-shipping scarf - in a transparent cellophane envelope that is neatly folded and shows off the colors and pattern of the scarf nicely - is wrapped simply in one or two sheets of tissue paper of a complementary or perhaps contrasting color. I will place an upside-down business card on top of the packet with a greeting requested by you and penned by hand by me.

That is IT! Nothing fancier.

You can see an example - an image of a scarf in its routine cellophane envelope along with a sheet of tissue I would use to wrap it, and the manila envelope it would be mailed in, in the options shown at checkout.

ROUTINE PACKAGING
Each scarf purchased is carefully folded into a transparent cellophane envelope along with my business card and a card with care instructions. This is an attractive presentation showing off the design and color of the scarf and is mailed in a plain manila envelope. No information regarding the purchase is ever included.

CUSTOM ORDERS
I enjoy painting on demand when given color samples.
Any custom painting will cost about 30% more than the higher of the typical price I charge for that size and weave of scarf.
I will usually paint three or four alternate scarves in those colors and let you choose the scarf you most like. The remaining scarves will eventually be purchased by others (and you will have had, albeit anonymously, artistic influence!)