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Red Star

In the winter a bit of red is nice. A red berry or a red bird can warm the landscape. So I designed a red scarf.

I started by looking at red fabrics in one of my favorite books: Russian Textiles by Susan Meller.

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I noticed that the reds were made more beautiful by the colors around them- by more reds, and by contrasting colors. Here is a small feast of some of the Russian textiles that inspired me. Most of them are from the 19th century. They are either block printed or roller printed on cotton.

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I got out every tube of red gouache that I own and painted the basic building block of my scarf: a red star. The half circle and quarter circle on the edges flip to create whole flowers. I wanted joyful colors.

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I painted a border to use on the ends of the scarf with a different red background.

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I kept a record of all of the colors that I used: one sample sheet for myself, and one for the printer.

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Then, with photoshop, I made a design for a long scarf using that basic red star as a building block, flipping and repeating it. It looked too busy with the border panel, so I ditched that. Using the existing art I created a simpler star pattern for the ends, and added a red-orange border all around. Here are some of the steps, and then the final design.

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Linda Teufel of Dragon Threads had it printed in China. The scarf is 20″ x 70″ long on a beautiful, matte silk crepe de chine, with a hand rolled hem. The red saturates through both sides of the scarf. Allow me to model it for you, please.

It is a limited edition. You can buy one here at juliepaprika.com for $48. I’ll also be selling them (and books and prints) at the Ravenna Holiday Art & Craft Sale at the Ravenna Neighborhood Center, December 3rd from 10-3 (6535 Ravenna Ave. NE). Please come by!

I will leave you with a poem and picture that I wrote/drew about the color red. This is a page from a picture book that I am working on now.

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Scarves

I have loved scarves ever since I met Auntie Katushka in the book Poppy Seed Cakes.katushka
For much of my adult life I have worn a scarf in my hair. I like having a little color on my head. Occasionally I try to give up the habit but it doesn’t last. I keep the scarves over a chair.scarf collection
My favorite scarves are made by Soueleiado, designed by Charles Demery. I have several of them, mostly worn to threads and shreds. soueleiado soueleiado rose soueleiado border demery scarf demery border
Lily is modeling a Soueleiado scarf.
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I love head scarves, neck scarves, stripes, patterns and paisleys. So you can imagine how happy I was when Linda Teufel asked me to design scarves for her company, Dragon Threads.  My first scarf for Dragon Threads is coming out at the end of this month and it is called Summer Birds. First I painted the basic building blocks for the scarf and border.scarf painting bird border BL copy
Then I used Photoshop to repeat those elements. I was slow and clumsy – I am much more comfortable with a brush than with a mouse.
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But after many mismatches and clicks I was able to make the scarf repeat. First I doubled the image (flipping them) and then doubled the doubles.
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At last it was a complete scarf!
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Modelled here by Linda Teufel’s beautiful friend Shelby.
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You can order the scarf here at Julie Paprika. It is a limited edition printing and the scarf is $48. Please buy one because I want to keep designing them! Thanks.
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p.s. Butterflies used to be called Summer Birds. I learned this from Margarita Engle in her book about Maria Merian.