Friday, July 8, 2011

Scarf as Artwork

Over the years I have built up a small collection of silk scarves. I bought some in India and some were given to me as gifts. All beautiful and colorful. Recently, while looking through my closet one day, I realized that I had to enjoy them more; use them decoratively, on display in some way. 

This is one of the scarves

I knew that I did not want to glue or staple them to anything. I decided to frame them and looked for frames in various places. I did not want anything fancy (purely functional) as I wanted the scarves to be the stars of the artwork. I bought two poster frames with a metallic finish, something similar to this one, from Target.
Room Essentials® Poster Frame

I had initially thought to frame each piece individually but the scarves are of different sizes, rectangular or square, and with different patterns, with or without borders, so I decided to combine them in some way. This is what I came up with.

Putting it all was quite straightforward. Instead of framing all four in one frame I decided to combine two, so one could truly appreciate the different designs. I determined which two scarves to combine in each frame and which part of the patterns I wanted to highlight.

I gently folded them, not worrying about perfectly straight folds because I did not want that. I wanted them to look like fabric, not prints.
 (I could not get a close-up without the flash reflecting).

 I might redo them after a while, experiment with a different layout, perhaps; change the look so as not to damage the fabric where folded. 

For now, these are propped up on the floor of my living room (where I left them after framing) until I decide where to put them if not to leave them where they are. I want to display them away from direct light.
I like how these turned out. What do you think?

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