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Elizabeth Eyre Seltzer Designs Purple Blue Pink Floral Wrap Shawl
 

Elizabeth Eyre Seltzer Designs Purple Blue Pink Floral Wrap Shawl

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This is a beautiful shawl/wrap by Elizabeth Eyre Seltzer DesignsOne Size Fits AllThe length measures approx. 30.5"I believe it is velvet.Depending on the fabric she lists these between $150-$250 on eesdesignsSomeinformation about the fiber artist...Elizabeth Eyre Seltzer of Swarthmore is a busy woman.She is raising an 8-year-old son, volunteering time to workshops at The School in Rose Valley, pursuing interests in gardening and working on her personal growth through daily meditation and various Native American spiritual techniques.And there's travel to the West Indies and Maui, where she visits friends, observes the contemporary fashions worn by residents and studies the natural colors that prevail in ocean, sunrise and sunset.In less tropical places, such as Delaware County, she is enthralled by the colorful explosion of autumn.Color is important to Seltzer, 37, a fiber artist. In a way, her livelihood depends on the proper use of color. That livelihood involves mixing various dyes and applying them in patterns to original clothing designs of mostly silk, velvet and rayon."The main focus of my work is applying dye to fabric," Seltzer said. ''Everything else is a spinoff. When I'm dyeing, for example, I carefully introduce the colors to the fabric and get out of the way so the dyes can express themselves in their own process."Seltzer is strongly philosophical about the use of color. "Much of my work comes from an intuitive understanding of how color works in our lives," she said. "It is not enough for colors to be just beautiful. There's another dimension of using them to activate the qualities you want to accentuate in your life."A person whose life is too chaotic, for example, would want to choose colors that would bathe their nervous system in calm," she said. "Someone who wants to invoke a deep meditative state might want to use shades of purple. And someone who wants to exercise more power in their lives would gravitate toward warmer and bolder colors."Her art, however, doesn't end with color. There is also design of clothing that is "luxurious, uncomplicated and very comfortable." She creates a sense of luxury through the use of rich fabric and color. Comfort is achieved through simplicity of cut, with emphasis on drape and fluidity.Her coats, particularly, are good examples of the combination of color, design and comfort. She has created a series of them, some of which are futuristic, that she labels "Oceanic Dreams." She says, "Many of the designs I choose are inspired by undersea images, anemones and other exotic submarine life."Seltzer spends a great deal of time searching for the best dyes and fabrics available."I go to fabric shows, find fabrics in New York and California," she said. "And when I'm traveling, I'm constantly observing fashion and looking for dye and fabric outlets."She wastes very little fabric in her designs. After she dyes the silk or velvet for the linings of her big coats, for example, she uses the scraps from the lining and other dyed pieces to create a variety of appliqued images over the outside of the garment to complete its elegance."Color is absolutely wonderful, especially when it's used properly," Seltzer said. "My most satisfying experience is dyeing silk and watching the materialization of its incredible beauty."Thanks for looking!
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