Posts Tagged ‘scarves’


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.


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.


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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Restock of the Purity silk chiffon scarf arrived in the mail today just as the sun began to set. Beautiful light shining through the window fell upon the fabric. The design is inspired by details from the stained glass window by John La Farge. The scarf will be available at the shop at Trinity Church. In the works … a design based on the church’s painted ceiling. Stay tuned!



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Well, it’s not exactly painted. It is a photograph of painted flowers high on a church wall. In this day and age of digital printing it translates well on a silk chiffon scarf. Available here http://bit.ly/paintedscarf



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A new scarf inspired by a memorial window at Trinity Church. Available exclusively in the church gift shop.

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Even though snow is forecast for the weekend, it is indeed spring in New England and that means my favorite flower shop is soon to reopen (yay). Various art shows including Somerville Open Studios (SOS) are building momentum.  More news about those exhibits in the near future. Meanwhile, I’m continuing to challenge myself with applications for my photography. And happily so!


These headbands are available in my new shop on the Art of Where website: https://artofwhere.com/artists/wordsandimagesbycynthia I’ve been pleased with the quality of the final product and look forward to adding new items with new images of branches especially as spring blooms appear.

Violet Light Headband CS


The literal and figurative nature of branching has always played an important part in my creative life, whether writing, researching or walking the world with my camera.


pencil/make-up pouch

During these rather chaotic times, it has been a pleasure to delve into new realms of creativity by … branching into cloth. 😉 We’ll see what the future holds. Meanwhile, please visit the shop and enjoy:  https://artofwhere.com/artists/wordsandimagesbycynthia


Thank you!


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The sun shone bright late in the day.  I did focus my camera at the sky at one point to see what affect on the clouds but in the end it was the light inside that caught my attention most. I was given this scarf by a friend several years ago. It had belonged to her grandmother. I don’t wear the scarf much anymore. I use it more for interior decoration in my work space at home. It is draped over books and old correspondence, all of which is a source of inspiration.


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Playing around with textiles. We’ll see what the new year holds. 🙂

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My mother had a drawer full of scarves, of every size and color imaginable.  The textures tended toward silky or the fine sandy grain of those materials that were sheer.  My scarves are more dispersed throughout my environment, possibly because, in a way, I have more personal space than my mother ever had.

She would have been a teen and partying young woman in the 1950s and 1960s when scarves were a fashionable part of the ensemble.  By the time I came along in the 1970s, my mother wasn’t partying so much but she still had that drawer full of scarves, and I remember my father still buying her scarves throughout much of my childhood.

Whether for elementary school or high school, when I left the house in the morning for my journey, if the wind was blowing fiercely, if she’d done my hair the night before, if there was even a chance of sprinkles … she’d wrap one of her colorful scarves around my head and tie it beneath my chin.  In elementary school, I may have looked cute.  In high school, when scarves were not fashionable … well, I once passed by a group of girls and one of them said, “What is she wearing?!” But, even as I felt bad, I heard another girl say, “Leave her alone.”  What I remember from that moment, this day, is the care of my mother and the care of that stranger.

My small scarves I keep in a little gold box on a book shelf.  I rarely use them or even look at them but I’m not ready to part with them.  Long, narrow scarves I keep in a basket, and when I am too lazy to track down my leather belt, I’ll pull out one of those scarves to hold up my pants.  Large, square scarves I learned to wrap around my head using techniques my mother did not know.  Those I’ve tucked away in a drawer.  I mostly wear long, oblong scarves, especially the ones given in recent years by friends and family.  I wear them to freshen up an outfit.  And, of course, I photograph them as they are or use them to serve as background for a leaf.  And, in this house, with so many windows, I sometimes hold them up to see what happens when the light shines through.

These musing of the morning were inspired by a link recently shared by a friend, a Salon interview by Edwidge Danticat of Katia D. Ulysse.  As my friend described to me, it is a thought-provoking, poetic exchange between two writers of Haitian heritage.  An excellent read.  At some point there is reference to scarves, and that was all the inspiration needed for me to crack open a box.  Have a good day.

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