Weird Bird Yellow Scarf
One of 2 designs inspired by the watercolour work of artist Shuai Feng.
Weird Bird Yellow Scarf is printed on 100% Premium Cotton Silk blend. The original artwork, watercolour by Shuai Feng was exhibited in ‘Truth Be Told’ Exhibition at Sawidji Gallery throughout October – November 2022.
To learn more about the artist read Shuai Fengs’ biography. There is also a related article about the inspiration behind Shuai Fengs’ works.
‘Magic and Reason, pulling on the Rope of Imagination’..
About the Art: The Magic of Weird Bird
In these watercolours, we begin to see a theme of strange animals and shapes. There is a recurring theme. A theme of strange-looking birds appears throughout her illustrations during this period of time. By this time, the process of defining her identity as well as her exploration for ‘Truth’ is immersed in the freedom of imagination. The symbolism of her work explodes in a strong gush, in her watercolour series. She is drawn to natural elements in Nature and identifies the shape of the weird bird as somewhat akin to her ‘Soul’.
Limited Editions Fine art prints are also available from Shuai’s watercolour series. This artwork is part of a series Weird Bird Watercolour ‘Weird Bird II Art Print’.
Hand wash it separately by hand is safest. Just don’t wring it out too harshly or you’ll destroy the texture.You can launder it in gentle cycle in the washing machine. Use a cool or warm setting and don’t include anything else in the load that might catch on it. For example; zippers and hooks from bras and other garments. Do not use bleach. Add a quarter-cup of white vinegar to the rinse to remove any leftover soap. The vinegar will keep the shine in the organza silk, unlike most detergents that might dull it. Finally, give it another rinse to make sure the vinegar is properly removed.
Avoid any drying dangers by either hanging or laying your organza garment out flat to air dry. Keep it away from direct heat. Hang it and smooth out the creases as much as possible before it’s completely dry to reduce ironing.
Start with the iron on a very low setting and build it up if as needed. You can test the iron on a hidden inside spot so any damage won’t show. Add a layer of protection by placing a damp cloth between the iron and the organza. You can also hang your shawl in the bathroom to allow steam from hot water take out most of the creases. This will reduce the need for hard ironing.
Hanging in your cupboard poses the possibility that it may catch on something. The delicate fabric can easily get caught on hangers, zips and fasteners. So avoid damage by carefully folding the shawl and storing it out of harm’s way in a box, drawer, or on a shelf. Layering white tissue paper, preferably acid-free, between the folds will reduce creasing. Avoid storing organza in plastic bags, as they can trap damp and cause mold. They can also create an acidic environment that can damage organza.
Sawidji thanks Classroom.Synonym.Com for their very helpful guide on care of Organza Silk.