The past two weekends I've had the pleasure of participating in two art/craft shows in Greenwich Village (NYC). The crowds were big and friendly, my vendor neighbors were nice, and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with the many delightful people who stopped by my table!
Many thanks to you all for your time, enthusiasm and kind words about my scarves. It's a tremendous pleasure to meet you all, and to see you enjoying my work. And I enjoy sharing the process and history of marbling with you - thanks for your interest, and your good questions!
The boost I get from the people I meet at shows really keeps me going through the inevitable marbling misfires, like color combinations that looked great in my mind's eye but resembled dog food when they hit the silk; or losing an entire batch of scarves because for unknown reasons the color just didn't adhere to the cloth.
On another note . . . Until now I have been marbling my scarves on both sides to avoid a blank back. It's tremendously time consuming, and I'm not always pleased with the results, so I decided to try hand dyeing the silk first, then marbling over it. Tonight I dyed my first batch, a gorgeous turquoise blue. Can't wait to try marbling over it, and see what results! (Note to self: check rubber gloves for holes before starting - gives a whole new meaning to "hand dyed"!)