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I wrote about it on this blog last year or so ago. Of sitting by the pond in Copley Square on my lunch break. It was a bright sunny day. The surface of the water mirrored all that was around from trees to buildings. But of course the water was clear and so you could see the leaves and other detritus on the pond’s bottom. But the water circulates as well and so things floated on the surface. In the end there was a wonderful layering of light and color that became bright ribbons as the wind added even more motion.

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One of those photos is the source of inspiration for this silk chiffon scarf. Now available for purchase here: http://bit.ly/2GcHRIf

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I’m really pleased with the new canvas bag that arrived in the mail featuring a photograph I took of blossoming branches along the Charles River. You can find this tote and others featuring nature images here: http://bit.ly/2qBb3UD

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The silk chiffon scarf featuring tree branches along the Mystic River can be purchased at the shop at Trinity Church.

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In the post light shining through, I pondered what to do with a photo of sunlight shining brightly through the dramatic decorative glass on the doors leading into the sanctuary at Trinity Church. Well, with the aid of a noreaster that left me housebound, inspiration did strike. I hope people like the results. These two items, and other merchandise featuring this original design, can be found at the shop at Trinity Church starting next week.

https://trinitychurchboston.org/visit/directions-and-parking

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Available online here and soon in the shop at Trinity Church. Follow the shop facebook page for this and other merchandise updates:

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityBostonShop/

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Silk Cashmere Scarf modeled by Adina Richardson Lundquist. Photography by Rodrigo Larios.

You know me … the journey began with sunlight. It shone on the gold stenciled wall of Trinity Church in the City of Boston. The image had been digitally printed on silk before, and wonderfully so, but this time we were looking for something to be woven to enhance consistency in color and durability over time.  So, through good word of mouth, we chanced upon talented fashion designer Donna McNett, noted for her love of and background in architecture. She worked with the image, teasing out certain colors and characteristics, to produce an object of great beauty. The resulting silk cashmere scarf is warm in winter and cool in summer, and is large enough to be worn as a shawl or even a sarong.

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It was a treat to learn from Donna as she shared her creative process along the way.  I am thankful for the different levels of collaboration that is possible in this day and age. Many thanks to Donna of DonaScarves for producing something exceptional in aesthetics, function and quality. Thanks to Adina Richardson Lundquist for braving the cold to model the scarf (and its matching cuff bracelet) and to photographer Rodrigo Larios for sharing his skills.

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The scarf, retailing at $94.95, is available exclusively at the shop at Trinity Church. Its current winter hours (assuming no Noreasters!) are Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Sunday 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Quantities are limited. Inquiries about availability and shipping possibilities can be directed to artandarchitecture@trinitychurchboston.org.

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This particular creative expression began as part housecleaning and part trying to entertain myself while housebound during a blizzard (a blizzard which continues, by the way). Flipping through a stack of books I haven’t read in ages, I came across a book about Japanese Noh robes, Patterns and Poetry, produced by the Rhode Island School of Design. A visually stunning book. I was motivated to pick up some colored pens and paper and see what might emerge as I lingered over each colorful page.

Nature is a predominant theme of the costume designs, and so as the world turned white around me I decided to free sketch and see what might happen. Drawing a heron is bit beyond me at this stage but I knew I could handle branches, leaves, berries and butterflies. I scratched a few lines on paper and then moved on to GIMP.

What evolved was the height of simplicity, my little nature sequence of leaves, then berries and then a butterfly in a field. Not quite Picasso but rather fun, I have to say, on a gray day in a troubled world, to produce a colorful flight of fancy. Enjoy.

 

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Here’s a new woven scarf designed by Donna McNett using a photograph of the stenciled wall inside Trinity Church. Available now in the shop. It’s meant to be worn but I do love how the light shines through.

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