Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Fundival and the Art Auction

Here is Joybilee Farm's contribution to the Christina Living Arts Centre fund raising auction, for the 2009 Fundival Auction, a gala event being held at Christina Lake August 6, 2009.

The Christina Lake Artist and Artisan Society is aiming to raise another $25k to complete the new Gallery and educational space in the Christina Living Arts Centre ($5k has been raised so far).

So let me tell you about this uncommon Joybilee Farm wrap. It is made of 100% white angora bunny fiber, hand felted onto both sides of a silk chiffon rectangle, sprinkled with holographic fibers and then wet felted to a firm, thin, drapey fabric. It was then dyed in the natural indigo vat with 10 immersions and oxidizations to give it a deep navy blue on the silk. The angora takes the dye to a lighter shade of denim blue. The holographic fiber sparkles in the light for just the right touch of glitz.

The shawl is warm and light, a mere 120 grams, with a feminine ruffle of navy silk framing the angora. The finished size is 60 inches long by 20 inches wide, including ruffle. Just the right indulgence for a cool summer evening at the lake.

This is Garnet, a pure bred French Angora rabbit, living at Joybilee Farm. Here she has just had her fiber harvested. 120 grams of Garnet's long fiber was used to make this elegant wrap. Garnet gives us 4oo grams of prime plucked French angora fiber each year.

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