These elegant, luxurious Artwear pieces are versatile and stylish. They are the perfect adaptable accessory for your evening wear or day wear. The shape, size and beautiful drape of the fabric means the garment can be worn in myriad ways. Wear attractively around your arms and shoulders in the evening, sophisticatedly wrap it around your neck as a scarf or draw on its soft fabric to protect your skin from the sun. With ease you can revitalise existing wardrobe garments by pairing the piece as a halter neck top, skirt wrap or simply drape over each shoulder. This attire would effortlessly take its place in your wardrobe as a distinctive accessory and would make a unique gift for someone special. Fabric My Artwear is made from a lightweight, breathable 100% high end cotton lawn fabric, chosen for its luxurious smooth soft un-textured feel. The fine weave of this fabric makes it possible to achieve high definition vibrant prints. I refuse to compromise on quality therefore my designs are printed and produced to a very high standard in the UK by the fabric printers of Liberty. First Edition Print Run Having just been released you currently have the opportunity to own an Artwear from the first edition print run. Each of these pieces comes with a signed first edition authenticity certificate. Process: Each design begins with a combination of pen and ink line drawings coloured with water colours washes. With the meticulously use of a tablet, fine brush details are added. Each design is completed by digitally combining the hand rendered elements with layered fragments of digital photography and collage. My Artwear is digitally printed onto one side of the fabric, the high definition design shows through slightly lighter on the reverse side. The piece is finished with a fine rolled over locked hem using a coordinating coloured thread. Care & handling: Please be gentle with your handmade item. If necessary gently cool hand wash and dry flat out of sunlight. Cool iron on the reverse side of the print. Size: Each Artwear piece measures approximately 68cm x 198cm (approx. 26" x 78" inches) Packaging: Each piece is prepared especially for you. I check each Artwear thoroughly then carefully hand roll the fabric into a Sandy Gardner Artist slide tube. The beautiful but sturdy packaging can be used to safely store & easily travel with your garment and means there is no need for gift wrapping. Available NOW on my online ETSY shop - Sandy Gardner Artist Etsy
Phoenix rising from the floods.... The devastation caused by Storm Desmond to so many businesses in Lancaster, the knock on effect this had on other business, individuals and my own business just before Christmas was shattering and disheartening for so many on varying levels. However one very positive thing that shone though during the aftermath of the floods was the abundance of optimistic and productive community spirit, businesses and individuals pulling together helping one another. It was so heart-warming to see and really gave me a faith in the strength the local community. Two things came to mind; Firstly that my own business should in even a small way aim to build upon and add to the existing business community and that the artwork I produce reflected the ability of the people of community to rise up above the setbacks Storm Desmond had presented. I endeavoured to work with people from Lancaster, Lancashire and the North West. The new year rolled forward into spring, a time of rebirth and renewal. The vibrant energy, the productive nest building activity of birds during this season and the obvious metaphor of their ability to fly and rise above obstacles was reminiscent to me of the people of Lancaster. The people too were rebuilding their businesses, fixing their homes and investing in the future. I aspired to connect myself and others with the positive energy of these birds. I explored ideas based on metamorphosis, merging human form and bird. This flat work did not manifest the relationship I sought to generate, the pieces were too detached from the individuals. A solution came to me, take art off the wall to make it a movable extension of the people. This was the beginning of "The Art of Flying", a collection of Artwear and artwork featuring full arms length intricate wing expanses inspired by from birds living in local habitats. Just as I started looking for a textile printer, per chance I happened to see that local printers Standfast and Barracks had received delivery of their new digital fabric printer. They had been very heavily hit by Storm Desmond. Their factory on Caton Road had felt the full brunt of the floods but as spring begun they were getting back on their feet. Standfast and Barracks positively responded to my motives to work with local businesses and said they in turn are always keen support and work with local artists and designers like myself. Having completed two winged scarf designs of British birds, the magpie and barn owl I started to think about my third design. As Lancaster and the North West was rising up above the setbacks caused by the storm I was reminded of the mythical bird the Phoenix. As one version of the story goes, the phoenix is a bird with plumage of fire that lives up to 100 years. Near the end of its life the bird settles in to its nest, bursts into flames, and the bird and nest turn to ashes. However from those ashes, a new phoenix rises. The rising of the phoenix is said to symbolizes that a person has gone through difficult times, beating life's challenges and has defeating difficult obstacles. A perfect bird to symbolise the local community getting back on its feet. Some theories suggested that the myth originated from the bright colours of a flying male pheasant bursting out from the hedgerow and so was born my Pheasant Phoenix. A Pheasant Phoenix rising from the ashes... or in this case the Pheasant Phoenix rising from the floods... a mix of fiery reds and watery blue colours. "The art of Flying" range of winged Artwear and artworks are currently being printed by Standfast and Barracks and finished by the Lancaster business Incandescence Couture. The scarves will be launched at the North Wests biggest show, The Southport Flower Show in August 2016. I feel extremely honoured to have been invited to exhibit at the show with 'Meet the Makers' a locally based arts and craft group who's talented members all design & make their own high quality products.