When Mauveine was first conceptualized I was talking about silk scarves dyed and painted with different “themes” like city names or song titles. When I discovered the marbling technique I was more interested in the different textures and effects I could get with that (still focusing on scarves). Then it became about expanding the product line; not just scarves but bags, hair accessories, flower clips, jewelry, pashmina shawls, furoshiki squares, one piece of fabric that could be worn and used in a variety of ways. Which was way too ambitious for what I could realistically accomplish given the limited time I had to devote to Mauveine.
The idea and reality of Mauveine has been not so much about planning, marketing, and sales as it has been about opening myself up to the business of art and creativity. Painting with oils and pastels were where I started. It’s been a very long time since I picked up a Rembrandt pastel or paintbrush. I attempted a pencil self-portrait sketch a while back. I felt rusty and stiff, like the Tin Man left out in the weather too long, creaking back into motion but the final result wasn’t horrible it definitely started to feel more natural towards the end.
Discovering the myriad ways a piece of silk fabric can be used has led to more experimentation in surface design with different techniques and the realization that “Mauveine” really is more about the unintentional and wonderful results that happen as I’m splashing and dabbling around. Fitting, considering the color mauveine came about entirely as a happy accident in a lab.
The convoluted course since starting the idea of Mauveine has led me to repurposing and redesigning garments. I want to find things made from quality natural fabrics – silk, linen, wool, cotton — and then deconstruct, embellish, and stitch them into something new and beautiful. This doesn’t mean moving away from marbling and dying and surface design; in fact, there will be even more opportunity to play with color and texture and patterns and bringing it all together to create artistic, but functional items. Things someone would wear and use and enjoy on a daily basis.