Off to Lopez for the weekend, among the many hikes, we ate, drank and painted. As we exited the ferry, our route took us directly to Sweetwater Shellfish farms, open 24/7 and always stocked with stellar, fresh and in season fruits of the sea. Our choice for today; Manila clams. Our next stop was to check out the always stellar seasonal produce available at Horsedrawn farms. Our heavenly meal consisted of chorizo and clams, a side of baby swiss chard, which we braised with lots of garlic, evoo and chili flakes, shallots and paprika and crusty bread to soak up every last bit of that incredible clam nectar jus. A stop at Vito's for his excellant wine selections and stellar recommendations. The perfect pairing for a delicious meal.
|first application of color|
I have had this project on the back burner for several years, hand painting Habutai silk ties for gifts, an opportunity to create something special. Before leaving for Lopez, the girls were to select an image, photo or render a design for their tie. We transfered the design with carbon paper to our blank ties.
Each tie was immersed in a bath of Jacquard dye-set, vigorously agitating for 5 minutes. Surprisingly, the dye strength remained without bleeding. The ties were dunked in a rinse of hot, soapy bath with Synthrapol to wash out any remaining dye set solution. Lastly, a final rinsing to remove any remaining soap and the ties were set aside to dry completely.
The final process was to outline and touch up details with black textile pens.
We agonized over the process, but our initial craft project resulted in four amazingly beautiful ties.