Haute Off The Canvas

12 Sep

The paintings of Wm. Coleman Mills have an undeniable texture– they make you want to touch them.  And they are full of gorgeous, saturated color, which makes you want to wear them.  So after hearing the pleas of fans of his artwork, the artist set about the task of recreating his artwork into textile designs, namely scarves.

Sunset At Grand Lagoon scarf

Sunset At Grand Lagoon by Wm. Coleman Mills, encaustic on canvas, 144x48

Those who know me well know that I have a weakness for scarves.  It’s one of the reasons I was excited to move to the Pacific Northwest– scarf weather year-round!!  So when I heard that one of my favorite painters was debuting a line of scarves based on details of his work, I got just a little  OK, a LOT excited.  These lovely textiles beautifully capture the essence of a coastal Southern summer, but are versatile enough to wear any season of the year.

Wind Swirling On Gulf Water scarf from WMCM Studio

The scarves are made by photographing each inspiration painting and converting the photo into a digital CAD file.  It is then cropped and digitally screen printed onto a lightweight cotton voile and hand-finished in the artist’s hometown and current residence of Fairhope, Alabama.  Each scarf is 24×72 inches and made-to-order.  They can be backed with either silk or cotton and are signed and numbered by the artist.

Water's Edge scarf from WMCM Studio

This is your chance to own a beautiful piece of wearable artwork!  More info on the scarves is available on the WMCM website and pre-orders are being taken now!  I can’t wait to see what other textiles he comes up with next.. I’m thinking throw pillows, bedding, window treatments, etc!

PS– Be sure to take a gander at Coleman’s artwork while you’re on his website.. not to be missed!

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