8 Amazing Cashmere Scarves

After years of being a professional visual artist, my journey has led me to textile design. I love to paint but I also love fabric. It’s about time I figured out how to do both! And with a touch of computer skills thrown in, it is one winning combination that I can’t wait to share with you all.

Here’s my latest collection of designer scarves. The scarves are printed through Vida which is a website that brings artists and the fashion world together into the retail market. Check out my Vida shop! Periodically, I will be posting coupon codes and exciting sales plus lots of new designs.

If you like my designs, please share on Facebook & add my pins to your Pinterest boards. And I would love to hear which one is your favourite, so leave a comment below.

 

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TEARDROP PETALS

cashmere modal scarf

$75US

 

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AQUA DREAMS

cashmere silk scarf

$85US

 

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WATERCOLOUR & LACE

modal scarf

$40US

 

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BLUE FLOW

cashmere modal scarf

$75US

 

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TURQUOIS TRIO

cashmere silk scarf

$85US

 

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PURPLE WASH

modal scarf

$40US

 

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TOUCHES OF BLUE

modal scarf

$40US

 

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MAKE ME BLUSH

modal scarf

$40US

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8 Amazing Cashmere Scarves

Mural Project PART 9 – The Aftermath

After the artwork has been created, do you consider the project complete? Actually, the answer is “no, not even close”. There is a lot that still needs to be done in order to call this project complete.

Here’s a list of things still on this project’s to do list…

  • transport the mural panels to storage for the winter – check
  • get a professional photo taken of the completed mural
  • confirm the installation location and costs
  • in the spring, have the mural installed, touched up, trimmed and varnished
  • plan a dedication ceremony inviting the city council and the public to see the completed mural in its permanent home
  • I am sure this list will grow over the winter as new problems arise looking for solutions. But for now, I am going to take a bit of a break to catch my breath.

I am sure this list will grow over the winter as new problems arise looking for solutions. But for now, I am going to take a bit of a break to catch my breath.

Someone suggested to me to write down my experience with this project as a way to document the things I had accomplished. As I sit here reflecting about the process and what still needs to be done, it is also a good record of what I would do different should I take on another similar project.

Sitting beside me is the front-page picture of my mural in the Westside Weekly and the article about my project in the Capital News. To visit the Global TV story on Westside Culture Days including my mural visit… http://globalnews.ca/video/2245761/global-okanagan-at-530-sep-27-top-stories-2 , go to the 5 minute mark.

Of course, I am proud of what I have accomplished and look forward to the day when I pass by my mural. I have learned a thing or two about the process and about the people I can trust.

But honestly, I don’t feel any different. I would not consider myself to be overly organized or overly ballsy or even overly creative. I am just an artist who wants to see more art in my local environment. Instead of sitting back and waiting for this to materialize on its own and being frustrated when it wasn’t happening, I decided to create my own opportunity. Just think of how amazing this place would be, if each artist across Canada decided to create his or her own opportunity.

What I would consider to be my biggest accomplishment with this mural project is that I have left my mark. Now what about you? What amazing opportunity would you create? Let me know in the comments below.

Mural Project PART 9 – The Aftermath

Mural Project PART 8 – Mural Painting during Westside Culture Days

After running around gathering together the last of the painting supplies such as containers, rollers, paint brushes, etc… from the donated money from the Greater Westside Board of Trade, I was all set for my big painting weekend and just hoped the rain would go away.

The morning of the 26th, the sunshine was out in all its glory. I arrived at the museum and found one of my devoted painting volunteers waiting and eager to get started. We taped up plastic to the cinder block wall and began lining up the numbered mural panels. Soon more volunteers arrived and the area was busy with activity. At one point before noon, I had 6 volunteers painting and the mural began to quickly take shape.

I explained to the volunteer painters that we would work linear instead of vertical. This way each persons painting style would not be contained on one piece of plywood. I had a volunteer tackle the gradient in the sky, while others worked on the mountain range and others the foliage in the foreground. I was able to use volunteers of any artistic experience, as the task I gave them was suited to their artistic ability and comfort level.

All the volunteers had a great time painting and we had some onlookers who had come to see what we were creating. There was a buzz in the air as the landscape began to take shape.

At noon, many of my volunteers had to get going. This left me with only 1 volunteer until we packed up for the day at 3:30. However, this allowed me to get a few brushes wet myself and I painted instead of just ordering the activity. I tweaked the landscape until it looked like the designer’s vision.

The painting continued the following day, when we started in on the details of the animals. Four volunteers, including the mural designer, had showed up and I delegated an animal to each artist. That morning, I interviewed with 2 newspapers and a TV crew as my volunteers painted in the background.

Whenever an onlooker stopped by to watch the creativity, I asked them if they wanted to paint. Some did and I gave them a task. Others were just happy to watch the creativity in action. I made sure to get the names of all those who had painted on the mural so that I can incorporate them on a dedication plaque. After a total of 57 combined man-hours of painting, the afternoon was spent tweaking and perfecting the painted lines and the mural was completed by 4:30.

So you may wonder what happens next after the creation part is finished. I will let you know in my next blog post.

Mural Project PART 8 – Mural Painting during Westside Culture Days

Mural Project PART 7 – Cleaning up the Shrapnel

With Westside Culture Days a few short weeks away, it was the time to start pulling all the pieces together to this massive mural project puzzle.

A new call for painting volunteers went out and I started gathering names of artists who wanted to participate in this creative event.

I had arranged for the mural creation to take place at the Westbank Museum, which would make a nice tie between the history of West Kelowna and its bright future. They were super helpful & extremely accommodating. They allowed us to store our painting supplies temporarily at their location until the Culture Days weekend.

Just when I felt things were under control a bombshell exploded in my lap. The volunteer who had arranged for all the donated supplies had asked for the wrong number of pieces of plywood. Instead of the intended 6 pieces, as was stated in the numerous presentations, meetings, emails and diagrams, 4 pieces of plywood were delivered 3 days before I had scheduled a group of volunteers to prime the wood. I spent 5 hours sorting out this new mess of shrapnel even though I did not have the 5 hours to spare. Two extra pieces of plywood were eventually ordered for delivery on priming day.

After again feeling under things were under control, unfortunately, I soon realized this volunteer informed me of the wrong thickness of plywood.

The morning of priming, the 2 new pieces of plywood were delivered but the store made a mistake and brought ½” which had to be returned for the 5/8” I had ordered. And then, when we started priming these new pieces of plywood we realized the original 4 pieces that were donated were not 5/8” but were actually ¾”. “Seriously, could this get any more messed up?” I thought.

Why was I fussing with the thickness of the plywood, you may wonder. The reason is that you need a uniform and solid surface as your foundation for painting. Otherwise, you will not get the quality you are wanting to achieve as your end result.

As the leader of this project, it is my ultimate responsibility for this mistake. Next time, I will check and double check the order before proceeding. But know that, whatever can go wrong will go wrong. This is something every leader needs to expect and you must be flexible to find a solution to the problems that arise.

I decided to go ahead with the priming and will need to deal with the 1/8” ridge during installation. I am hoping the thinner pieces will be shimmed but that will be something that I will need to solve at a later date.

On the positive side, the paint supplier, Cloverdale Paint, was wonderful and donated more paint than we had originally ordered. At the end of the day, they gave us 4 gallons of primer, 4 gallons of colour, 2 quartz of colour plus some latex gloves and plastic to cover the used brushes to keep them from drying out. This was more than we had needed for the 8’x24’ mural (192 square foot) but I didn’t want to run out during the weekend.

Just when I needed some positive news, this paint supply store overwhelmed me with their generosity. I also had 3 great volunteers who came out to prime and we managed to finish 3 coats of primer on all 6 boards plus all the colour blocking. We were cleaned up and ready to go by 3:00.

In my next blog post, I will tell you all about our Westside Culture Days weekend.

Mural Project PART 7 – Cleaning up the Shrapnel

Mural Project PART 6 – Sitting in the Safety Net

As you recall from my previous blog posts, there seems to be one glaring detail missing. This was with regards to the location of the mural installation.

When you take on a large project, you cannot possibly resolve all the details at once, but that should not be a factor from moving forward with your idea. Projects like this tend to take on a life of their own especially when you are dealing with multiple personalities and involvement levels. There are a lot of things that can be worked out as you go but you have to remember that things change and you need to remain flexible or your project will break.

From my 1st presentation, I had a commitment from the city council for them to help me with the mural installation. If I was to create this mural, they committed to hanging the artwork. I started the planning process with one location in mind. The RCMP building was a natural fit because of its visibility and central location in West Kelowna. The city owns this building but the RCMP is it’s sole tenant. I needed permission from the RCMP to hang this artwork on their walls.

The SWAC Chair met with the BC head of the RCMP to garner support and we spoke with the heads of the West Kelowna RCMP. In the meantime, the city was looking into the costs for installing this large artwork on the buildings façade.

The RCMP were fully supported of the artist merit of this project but were hesitant on it being relevant to the building’s use. And then city staff discovered that the siding of the building was made of unconventional material and would be a little more difficult to drill into as it would void the siding’s warranty and disrupt the vapor barrier.

As things were starting to feel a bit unstable with this particular location site, I decided to come up with a Plan B location as a safety net so that all my efforts would not be wasted. This was no easy task as I quickly learned that the City of West Kelowna owns very little property. And, this meant I had to let go of part of the original concept.

The week before I returned to city council to present the 4 fantastic mural designs, the city staff gave us a firm “no” on the RCMP building. I found myself sitting in my safety net but I was unclear of how stable this safety net was. So, I decided to focus on the positive of the mural designs for my 2nd presentation instead of putting a spotlight on this new development. You can view my 2nd presentation here… http://westkelownabc.swagit.com/play/08252015-1470 , go to Item 7.

After a unanimous vote, very unusual for this city council, I had tied down my safety net, as it would be very difficult for the city to back out now given the council’s enthusiasm for the project.

Now, I just needed to get this mural painted. Despite the bomb that blew up in my lap, I will tell you how I did it in the next blog post.

Mural Project PART 6 – Sitting in the Safety Net