Barbara Mellen, brilliant glass artist, and I (Jane Madden) both love color. She works in dichroic glass. I work in 100% pure silk. For the first time ever, we are coming together to hold a wearable art event featuring Barbara’s beautiful jewelry and my ice-dyed silk scarves. Why? It turns out our mutual love of color has resulted in a strange synergy where her earrings are always a dead match for my unique scarves. And we’re going to do this in time to make Valentine’s Day gift giving (or hinting) very easy: Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th from 10am– 6pm, at Barbara’s distinctive purple building just off Palmetto on 2nd Loop: 2717 Second Loop Road in Florence, SC.
Both of us are offering one-of-a-kind, totally unique wearable art produced here in the Pee Dee, purposely priced so people can relax and enjoy wearing their purchase or gift. (Scarves range in price from $13 to $45 and they are 100% silk.) We want people to own our distinctive pieces. We want them to experience that special sense of individuality that comes with knowing no one else in the world has a piece exactly the same.
My silks are easy to care for – no drycleaning involved! Just rinse the scarf in the sink. The silk is preshrunk by the time my multi-step ice dyeing process is complete. (Yes! I do mean I use ice in the process to dye the silk.) Each scarf has a myriad of colors especially created just for that piece which also means each scarf can go with a huge variety of clothing options. Scarf sizes range from 8” x 54” to 22” x 72” to 11” x 90” and everything in between (!) for this event, though even larger pieces are in the works. There will be over 50 scarves to choose from, not to mention hundreds of Barb’s earrings. Silk types available for the sale range from 8 mm Habotai to Crepe de Chine to Satin to Charmeuse to Chiffon. Heavier weights of silk cost a little more.
Barb is going to have light refreshments available those two days. She’s breaking out the wine a little later in the day. I hear that Atlas Chocolates from Hartsville will also be on hand with their distinctive products.
If you’ve never seen our items first-hand before, feel free to stop in and just browse to get a sense of what hand-made in the Pee Dee can be. And, if you’re not shopping for your special Valentine’s Day gift at our event, please visit one of the other local retailers who specialize in unique pieces that support the local economy. I would like to recommend to you the Lynda English Gallery on 2nd Loop Road, the Art Trail Gallery at the corner of Irby and West Evans, Harvest Moon Soapworks across the street from the Art Trail Gallery, Jim Gleason & Old World Music for special lamps, music boxes, and sculptures out of musical instruments (3201 Pamplico Hwy), and Humble from the Earth products on Cashua.
To see Barb’s earrings, check out her website at (http://www.glassearringlady.com/). To get a sense of the pieces I will have available, go to (https://plus.google.com/photos/+JaneMadden/albums/5974405653801673601).
Pieces can also be ordered via e-mail, Facebook, or over the phone. Scarves are numbered in the photos.
For further info e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org), call 843/601-8493 or visit Facebook and search for Jane Madden.