1.29.2016

THE ART OF SCARF



1.29.2016


CANCER FOUNDATION FOR NEW MEXICO - THE ART OF SCARF


This is a portrait of  the vivacious and beautiful Valerie Hamilton taken by Textile Artist, Eric Olson. Valerie is a cancer survivor and a boundless champion of the CANCER FOUNDATION FOR NEW MEXICO. 

And this is the portrait of Valerie after Eric did a bit of swirling and twirling digital magic. A beautiful border was added and this scrumptious image was sent off to  China to be printed on silk, and finally to wend its way  back to Santa Fe - fifty of them - to be donated to the foundation's annual  SWEETHEART AUCTION. 



Scarf detail...



T H E   S T O R Y 


Q. Eric, how did this project come about?

A. After I met Valerie for the first time and learned of how vital the Foundation was to both she and her husband Bud, I got the idea of contributing a work of art that would embody the spirit of survival and hope and exemplify the work of the Foundation - making cancer treatment possible for New Mexicans who need help.

Q. Why the portrait?

A. I have been doing scarves for some time, but have used photographs of food as a starting point. I felt that Valerie had so much life energy and so much style that the  'origin' photograph of her would create a vibrant direction for the scarf design.

I asked her to stand in front of her favorite art piece and she dressed accordingly. I got her to relax and captured that wonderful smile that carried her through her cancer and personifies a "Celebration of Survival".

Q. What is your design process?

A. I take the 'origin' photograph and manipulate it in photoshop, duplicating/repeating the re-designed image until it looks like this. 


The digital design is then sent off to Hangzhou China - The historic center of China's silk production - where it's skillfully  printed on silk and the edges hand-rolled and stitched.  

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE WHOLE PROCESS




M A G I C


Thank you to the Ernesto Mayans  Gallery for letting us do the photoshoot.

Eric asked his friend, Fiber Artist Kay Khan to model the gorgeous scarf, showing  myriad ways of  swirling and tying it. 



B E A U T I F U L

THE LIMITED EDITION 'CELEBRATING SURVIVAL" SCARF WILL BE AVAILABLE THE NIGHT OF THE SWEETHEART AUCTION.  




SANTA FE COMMUNITY CONVENTION CENTER

5 PM

505.955.7931

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE FABULOUS AUCTION ITEMS. 

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