When I showed my five-year-old niece the shawls of the Stardust Collection, she said she liked them but they were far too big for her. So, I knew what I had to do: make a shawl for my niece of just the right size. Not too small, not too big but just right: like in the Goldilocks fairytale. Her mother and her two-year-old brother could use a new shawl as well, so I set ot to make three shawls in three different sizes.
In a woven fabric, the colors of warp and weft intimately interact with each other. Some color combinations show a clear contrast when they are interwoven, other color combinations blend together. This week, my mother gifted one of my handwoven shawls to a friend. The palette of green, blue and turquoise tints made for a lovely lively blend of colors.
Last winter, I discovered I could make wonderfully light yet warm shawls with blow yarn. I switched to lighter yarns when spring came around. I picked up the blow yarn again now that autumn is here. Differently from last year, I now have an 8-shaft loom and experience with advancing twill and echo effects. In my new project with blow yarn, I made good use of these new tricks.
Over the last weeks, I have introduced eight shawls of the Stardust Collection. This completes the collection and it is for sale now! Saturday October 31, 2020, I introduced the collection to the public at Eighty fashionstore. The reaction were heartwarming and I am proud to tell you that both the Luminosity shawl and the Supernova shawl have already found a new owner. You are welcome to see the shawls for yourself at Eighty, Esther and her team are happy to help you.
The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. The Solar Abundance shawl reminds us that all objects, even massive stars, are made up of tiny atoms. Atoms emit radiation of a certain color, somewhere between ultraviolet and infrared. An atom can be identified by the color of radiation that it emits, as the radiated color is different for atoms of different elements. The radiation of a star combines all these colors into a colorspectrum. By looking at the intensity of the different colors in this colorspectrum, it is possible to determine how much of each element it contains. In the case of the sun, this composition is called the Solar Abundance. The alternating green and petrol colors in the warp of this shawl symbolise the radiation colors of single atoms.