Silk for everyday


When I started my online shop three years ago getting to grips with product photography was essential. I found that photographing my painted scarves to achieve the nearest representation to how they appeared in reality in normal daylight, was a major issue.

Recently I attempted to model my own work so I could catch the best ambient light. The colour accuracy of the two examples below is probably the nearest to real life I’ve managed. It was outside with bright, but overcast skies. However, pin sharp focussing proved virtually impossible working on my own with the camera on the timer. And, in the end I discovered that it takes a very special photographer that can make a back view interesting particularly against a bland background. And, that’s not me!

Of course not all my work ends up for sale as with any hand process some pieces just don’t make the grade. After steaming I make a close inspection and sometimes a fault previously invisible shows up or water in the steaming process has spoilt the design. Naturally these don’t end up in one of my rag wall hangings like the offcuts do, but instead I wear them in my everyday life. Obviously, these rejects pop up in informal pictures taken by other people. Below, I’m just in from picking up folks at the local railway station! Focus is good, colour accuracy is pretty precise too, but oh my goodness somebody is always pulling a stupid face!!!


Then there are the pics taken on other peoples’ mobiles – more silly faces and now poor quality as the images get rendered across different devices.

Finally, and oddly for me, one of my more spirited photos showing me wearing my work, is a selfie! It shows an eccentric use of a couple of my old art silk scarves. Last summer I was turning my compost in the back garden when I unwittingly disturbed the beginnings of a bee colony and had to take some hasty precautions not to get stung to bits.



Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

10 thoughts on “Silk for everyday”

  1. I am laughing at the last photo but I also am taking note of the scarves and thinking, hmmm! (and I hope you didn’t get stung). taking photos of art is a lot harder than people think, including me, until I tried it…I have come to peace with my efforts but I don’t kid myself that they are any better than they are. This is a good post, and I think your work looks great no matter what.

    1. Thanks for your encouragement. 😊 I’m sure like me you appreciate the work of professional photographers and I know that they would make my work look better, but when you’re a ‘one man band’ the economics doesn’t always work out.
      Luckily, although I was scared, heart thumping, I didn’t get stung. It was early in the season and so there was only a small amount of honeycomb, but still the bees were pretty mad at being disturbed. You’re not the only person to laugh 😁 my daughter thought I had finally and totally lost it.

      1. I got stung by a wasp last summer and my hand swelled up and itched like crazy for days, so — I am glad to hear this. I do think the scarf look was actually very flattering, never mind why you did it.

  2. You are very artistic and creative Agnes as constantly shared through your blog but what a fantastic new marketing opportunity you now have using that last image. ( also covers wasp attacks)

    1. What do they say, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’!!!! Seriously though it was a rare hot day and at least I could just about breathe through the silk.

    1. Oh dear – mea culpa – top pic down to my awful, dead, back view pics are not rejects and actually one has sold. But the other five from there down have a woven/thread blemish. This type of fault isn’t visible until colour is applied. Each time this happens I’m very, very cross as the white blanks are supplied as first quality. Honestly speaking I don’t think most people would notice, but compared to a High Street purchase my scarves are expensive and consequently often people expect near perfection despite the handmade process.

  3. The scarves are an investment, so you are wise to exercise strict quality control, but my goodness! If you are buying the blanks and they have a fault I can imagine how annoying that is. I suppose you have explored any redress on the supplier. The last pic almost looks as if was taken in the snow or some such thing. I wonder if you can use the ‘seconds’ to cover beanies and start a new product line in that?

  4. How about ‘commando silks’ 😁 breatheable face protection!!! Guaranteed to deter the most determined bee.
    Regarding quality control – I’m usually out of time before a fault is clearly visible and so far it’s been about 1 in 20 of the blanks. Also I don’t buy direct from China as minimum order is 1,000 pieces so I buy from intermediaries either in France or the USA depending on weave and sizes I want, and, exchange rates! And, of course, now is not a great time in the UK to buy dollar priced stock.

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