About the Paint Designs
All of the designs are hand painted one by one. Free hand. With lots of joy. So every piece is an original work of art. Differences in the designs are not defects. They are part of the fun and allure of hand painting.
I use eco-friendly processes with fabric paints vs. fabric dyes. With certain laundry detergents initial slight fading can sometimes occur after the first wash. To preserve your piece of wearable art we recommend hand wash cold and drying flat. However, they can be machine washed cold, delicate cycle, INSIDE A LINGERIE BAG using detergents without bleach, or perfumes or additives. Take out of lingerie bag and tumble dry on LOW - No dryer sheets.
Our customers have been enjoying their hand painted designs for 29 years.
About the Fabrics
We use many eco-friendly and sustainable fabrics. Tencels, Bamboo-Rayon, Rayon, Rayon-Acetate, as well as cottons and cotton blends, some linens and linen blends and ITY. Each fabrics lends itself to different types of designs.
Eco-friendly, sustainable tencel is made from wood pulp in a closed circuit process. Meaning that
around 98% of the solvent needed to create the fabric gets recycled into
the closed loop process. The tencel production process is supposed to
have the lowest impact on the environment of all the ways of making
fabrics. Tencel has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial qualities.
My clients absolutely love tencel. They love the way it feels, the way it drapes, how easy it is to take care of, and how well it lasts.
Bamboo-Rayon is made from bamboo - but processing it like rayon. It has fabulous drape, feels wonderful on the body and washes and dries beautifully.
Rayon fabrics that I use are made from wood pulp.
They are referred to as natural fibers. And considered sustainable. I love their feel and drape on
the body. Even tighter woven rayon/acetate crepe is extremely fun and
comfortable to wear.
Rayon fabrics make fabulous lighter and medium weight garments with a soft, fluid drape.
The rayon/acetate crepe fabrics have some "body" and keep a beautiful shape.
Many of my clients live in hot, humid climates and they adore these fabrics.
Sometimes we use rayon fabrics that have been hand batiked in Bali. They are also made from wood pulp. They are usually twice as densely woven as the most commonly known Bali rayons. And they are dyed with German dyes. They last, they drape gorgeously and feel really comfortable on the body.
I am fascinated with the stunning colors and color combinations in Indian saris. At times we make tops and jackets out of them.
These beauties are best hand washed and dried flat. Or dry cleaned.
We wash and dry the fabrics, cut the garments, and then hand paint them one by one, free hand, with lots of joy. You can feel it when you wear it.
I use different types of fabric paints. That allows for the distinctively unique designs that have become my "trademark".
I approach the painting process with lots of abandon. Creating garments that are one-of-kind pieces of wearable art that enhance all kinds of moods: from serene, to casually elegant, to playful, to bold, to wildly energetic.
For best results we recommend hand washing and drying flat.
However, you can safely machine wash and dry most of the clothing pieces. Even the hand painted ones. (For more details, see Care Instructions.)
All fabrics have a great feel.