This past weekend we had a chance to visit Guild Hall and take a leisurely look around this year's Members Exhibition. I am always amazed by the diverse selection of styles and mediums. It is always inspiring to see what everyone has been working on. For the visit, I wore a dress imprinted with a pattern of my own design; a collage of the seashell portraits that I had painted in January. I received a compliment on the dress while in the Guild Hall gift shop. ME: "Thank you, the design is actually of my paintings." GUILD: "You're one of our artists?" ME: "Yes...." GH: "That would look great on a scarf." ME: "I have one! It is on order... " STAY TUNED
I created the dress on Redbubble, a site that I discovered through Instagram. An artist from Sweden posted a photo of items that she had created for her store using their site. WHAT?!?!? My investigations began.... I have never thought of myself as a textile designer, but when I loaded the image of my shell paintings onto the A-line dress template and saw the result on the lovely model above, I was hooked. Amazingly, you can add your image to the site and order ONE. Not thousands, not hundreds, just one. So I did.
Product modeling at Lake Agawam on Gin Lane
I have since learned that there are a number of sites that artists can use to imprint their work. I like the few items that I have purchased so far, but am still doing my homework. You can check out offerings so far HERE. I am excited to offer some of my favorite photographs published on this blog over the years. I have been wanting to make notecards available for years, all of the other products are a bonus and amaze me.
I chose items that I think would work the best with the images.
Let me know what you think.
More to come!