Jumbo whale totes and girls' tank dresses are in the final stage of production (the hand-finishing part!) and will be available for pre-order from my shop on MONDAY May 25!!
Only 10 of each size are available in a limited-edition run. I want to keep each illustrated item special and unique!
Totes and tank dresses will be shipped first week of June.
The tote you see on Q in these pictures has not yet been hand-finished. The tote in the first picture has, and you can see the lovely patina on it!
In the final stage, after tea-staining, I steep a cup of black tea (mixed with natural setting agents) in very high concentration and use it like watercolor to paint a vintage finish onto the edges and into the creases of the tote. It results in a beautiful wash of sepia to detail the tea-stained cotton canvas. Everything used in the process is 100% natural and water-based. The result is quite beautiful, and each tote is entirely unique.
I've switched all my handbag essentials to mine, and have discovered that it's both sturdy enough and roomy enough to transition gracefully from the garden center to the farmer's market, from the yoga studio to the art museum.
And yes, both the tote and the dress are thoroughly pre-shrunk, and can be washed and dried in the machine! (Because of the heavy canvas, the tote will need ironing after washing).
Q sporting the very first sample of my limited-edition Whale tank dress and jumbo tote bag!!
In the shop soon!! (note: she is wearing a size smaller than her normal size because that was the size of the sample we got - the fit will actually be a little looser. Also, she is verrrrrry tall, so the dress will be a bit longer on most.)
With the completion of my first set of hand-finished textile prints, my new shop is now O-P-E-N!
I will still maintain my Etsy shop, and my new shop will be dedicated to a set of unique, limited-run pieces on the theme of travel and adventure. I currently have five images available as 8.5" x 11" prints on 100% cotton rag watercolor paper. In addition I have The Longneck available as a 12.5" x 16.5" fabric print. These are professionally textile-printed with eco-friendly ink on a lightweight, unprimed linen/cotton canvas. Each print is then hand-cut, individually tea-stained, and the edges hand-frayed in my studio. This lengthy process lends a beautiful aged look and texture, and makes each print unique and one-of-a-kind. No two are alike, and each is signed and dated before shipping. This print makes a beautiful wall hanging on its own, or can be framed with the edges showing.
Each run of products in my new shop will be created in very limited edition. There are only 6 fabric prints of The Longneck available in this run.
Interesting things going on in my studio these days! I've been busy.
This morning, we found ourselves in a very cool screenprinting shop that uses only water-based, environmentally-friendly inks. We had a tour of the whole facility, and had many an inspiring converstation.
Later this afternoon, with a hot sun and a high wind on our back patio, I found myself bent over a bin of fabric soaking in black tea. I very much enjoy tea-dying, but this project is one that is especially dear to my heart.