After the Icecapades - enjoying drawing in the studio - scaring the kids for Halloween last week
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I was asked to design a poster sized valentine to promote a new amazing giant Indigo print press (the only one of its kind in NY). Here are the sketches... I wanted them to be fun, quirky and memorable... The moderness of the swirls and the big machine plays with the 40's/50s type calendar images... By the way, I'm open to more commissions for Valentines, especially little animations ;) x
Designing fun new prints for Madame Butterfly at the Met... based on and inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock designs. For long skinny scarves...
I'm hoping to print up these shimmering silk scroll designs into satin wearable oblongs. They come from watercolors I did for the Met Opera a couple of months ago and were put aside as too expensive but they've been beckoning me back. The inspiration comes from a mix of Belle Époque Paris and Raoul Dufy meet in Maxim's. I'm working out some more bright and saturated color combinations. Fingers crossed they go to print. They’d look great on cotton too.
I just painted this fabulous garden wheel barrow bench for an auction to raise funds for the Sylvia Center Foundation. Just adding the final touches before its varnished. I can imagine silk screening these painted butterflies, if anyone's interested in one (or some wallpaper! - I can make another! The Sylvia Center http://sylviacenter.org was founded by the awesome Liz Neumark in memory of her daughter Sylvia and inspires children to eat well by providing hands-on experiences with growing and cooking healthy food on their farm and in the kitchen.
My new glamorous Shoes of the Opera Scarf finished! ... Each color will be hand silk screened separately on satin, a lost labor of love... They’ll be available exclusively at the Metropolitan Opera shop in September in a limited edition. x
Composing, adding details and choosing colors all at once for this exciting new opera scarf based on shoes I found under the stage at the Met Opera last week... I paint the design to scale on watercolor paper and then separate the colors for each silkscreen via the computer. Very hands on-old school and a little toooooo time consuming! It's getting very dramatic with these strong trompe-l'oeil shadows. I’ll post the finished design with color combinations next week and you’ll be able to wear it in September :)
Very excited to be doing a new commission for the Metropolitan Opera. I went into the archives under the stage and photographed about a hundred shoes from productions like Othello, Carmen, Magic Flute and the Ghosts of Versailles. So I'm creating a fanciful 'Shoes of the Opera' scarf! Will keep you posted when its finished, the whole process of designing, coloring, silk screening, sampling and sewing takes a long time ... Each scarf is lovingly made... Here’s a tiny selection of what's under the stage along with my first thumbnail sketch. Do you recognize Caruso’s shoe from Pagliacci, one of his signature roles… It fits me, I love it!
My Animated backdrops for the theatre (moving paintings)
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