In spring 2013 I painted 60 yards of Dharma Trading's fabulous 19mm silk charmeuse for use as part of an enviro-arts performance piece, Global Water Dances-Cincinnati.
I viewed this as an opportunity to present silk as though it were the ocead. The design's goal was to capture the feel, depth, fluid movement, variability, and uniqueness of the ocean. No two molecules are alike, layers intertwine, colors change as the light from the sun changes or is gradually filtered out by depth.
Led by legendary Movement Artist and Choreographer Fanchon Shur and myself as Music Composer/Director (and silk painter!), our community's Global Water Dances-Cincinnati performance on the banks of the Ohio was a smashing success! We're packing it up and taking it on the road!
See more at facebook.com/GlobalwaterDances-Cincinnati and learn more at www.globalwaterdances.org.
And remember to honor Earth's sacred water as it gives life and health for ourselves and all others on our planet.
OUr lovely Cincinnati Global Wave Dancers during the Opening Ceremony
Seeing the lovely dancers moving with the fluid oceanscapes was a thrill for me, and quite gorgeous for the audience.
Lead Choreographer Fanchon Shur prepares to receive the waters of the Ohio
Kayakers watching the Global Water Dance-Cincinnati from the beautiful Ohio River.
I'm proud my silks were used as part of this unprecedented community arts and environmental awareness event, along the banks of our lovely Ohio River.
Check out our page at Facebook.com/globalwaterdances-cincinnati for photos and articles as well as links to stories and articles about critical water issues around the world. Also see the globalwaterdances.org website for photos from the 70 other cities who danced--as well as photos featuring our Cincinnati event (and Sharisilks!)
Midway through a bolt of 50 yards of fine, weighty silk charmeuse. This oceanscape will be danced with by the lovely Global Water Dances-Cincinnati dancers!
Thanks to Dharma Trading for sending me a bolt of the loveliest, weightiest silk charmeuse imaginable! Check out my page on their website:
I used a multi-step process to enable depth and squiggles, flowing blended colors and water effects. So they are all variations on a theme, water, my favorite element and an inspiration for both my visual and musical creations.
The silk was cut into sections fitted to each dancer, approximately 2 yards wide x 45" high. Each dancer used her scarf in fluid movements throughout the performance. It's so exciting to see my art incorporated into movement!
You may be wondering, "What happens to all those oceanscapes after the performance?" Short answer: they are looking for homes!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. Each is signed and dated. Each is unique. There's always a sky at the top, because in my view you can't have an oceanscape without sky :-)
For friends in Cincinnati, this free community arts and envinronmental event is not to be missed!
Each silk shawl is app. 72" wide by 45" high, made of heavy silk satin, and is colorfast. Wash cold, gentle.
Post-performance, each unique, signed piece will be available for purchase.
$200; go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1016167916/global-water-dances-cincinnati to arrange purchase.
The piece can be used as is, or easily converted into a wall hanging or blanket.
Or make it into a dress...skirt...window covering...car window scene...etc...