STARTING WITH A SCARF...

Back in '96, I was ten years old, and had finally convinced my parents to let me take a couple woodcarving classes with a Connecticut artist who made shuttle replicas for NASA, and her daughter was in my violin ensemble.  Fatefully, as I cut my thumb shaving the bark legs of my wooden rooster, I fell in love with carving.  From then on, I carried a small Swiss Army knife, gifted by my grandmother with her mail-away Marlboro points, and thus bore the enameled cigarette logo, front-and-center-- much to my mother's horror.  And over the years, it carved birch marshmellow sticks, bows and arrows, the good ol' New England classic: a whale.

It seemed wonderfully familiar when I began carving linocut blocks while taking printmaking at the College of Charleston during undergrad.  Eventually, I became a Printmaking Instructor at my alma mater, and began creating printed objet d'arts like playing cards and hand fans in the studio.  I liked the idea of printing something usable, the added element of functional design.  

One afternoon, I stumbled upon a Youtube documentary (as one does) on the "The Last of the London Fabric Printers," David Evans & Co.  Much to my surprise, the textile house, which sadly printed its last silk square in 2001, used carved blocks to relief print on silk fabrics.  Their fabric was beautiful, almost other-worldly, and I became inspired to use my acquired skills to transition from printing on paper with presses in a public studio, to block-printing on silk with nothing but elbow grease in my home studio.  

The first textiles I printed were scarves inspired by female rulers like Cleopatra, Athena, Theodora, and more.  They are listed chronologically below, with the oldest first, to the most recent, last.  For now, I have decided to focus on pocket squares, but it all started with a scarf.  Or maybe with a Marlboro-branded Swiss Army Knife...