| Volume 4, Issue 1
As we race towards the new millennium, it becomes harder and harder to
define the retail experience. The advent of e-business and the trend towards
outlet and large box shopping has lessened the need for traditional storefronts.
G&S Dye may have been quick to adopt new technologies, but the human factor
hasn't been lost. We've balanced all these new tools not to decimate traditional
human contact but to improve it. Our first piece of technology was the
faximile, followed by voice mail, email, message boards and a self sufficient
web site. Although some or all of the above may intimidate our customers,
we've also added a second location, started G&S NEWS, increased availability
of our products locally across the country and added a toll free number
to make human contact with us even easier.
I may not be able to predict the future and what it brings, but there
are many certainties that I can promise. Listening, helping and providing
a human factor in all our transactions has and will be the goal.
Take care and have a great Spring,
There are many trends in fashion. An obvious one is the demand for wearing
scarves. Peaking in the late 80's and being revived lately, scarves have
always been the first foray into silk painting for many individual artists,
crafters and small businesses due to the ease in applying or selling the
pieces and acceptance with the public. For the real artist though, scarves
may have been easy to sell (pays the bills), but it also limits the value
of their work. The perception of a scarf will always be a fashion accessory,
no matter how intricate or spectacular the design. It also didn't help
the perception when many silk painters treated this more as a business
than an art form in the late 80's. The market became flooded with scarves
that were slapped together in 5 minutes with no regard to colour or design.
It incorrectly taught the buying public that hand painted scarves were
of lower value.
So how do artists recoup their time, talents and effort? If one were
to frame their good designs, the perception of the silk painting piece
would grow to be more "art" than "craft". Traditionally,
artists are drawn to silk's sheen, colours and freedom of blending during
the painting of the piece (freer than watercolours on paper). These are
attractive qualities to the painting of traditional florals, animals and
scenic landscapes. Lately though, many of our customers have pushed the
envelope of what is considered "traditional" silk painting.
I have seen furniture, cars, whimsical scenes, underwater shots, medieval
themes and portraits. Some have even received critical acclaim and subsequently
financially rewarded. By creating works of art, these artists freed themselves
from the typical fashion oriented buyer and opened the market to appeal
to businesses, interior designers and art lovers.
My discussion here on creating art isn't to take away from painting of
scarves and the practicality of them, but to open opportunities for silk
painters who are willing to go further with their work for personal, critical
or financial gain. Over the years, I have seen some wonderfully designed
scarves that would be better appreciated on a wall than around someone's
neck. Silk painting as a business may not be easy, but it is a lot more
enjoyable when the rewards in painting original works outweighs the easy
sale of a scarf. framing service
We all know how expensive framing can be, so with the buying power of
G&S Dye we are now offering a framing service. Initially, we shall be
offering 4 styles of frames in multiple colours. Check out our web site
for styles and colours. - continued on page 3 framing - continued from
front page Prices: Our framing price includes, two regular mats, glass,
stretching, fitting and the frame. We expect to be charging in $2.50-$3.00
an inch depending on the style. - email
To calculate the price, take the length plus the width and multiply by
ie: to frame a 8" x 11" piece of silk 8" + 11" =
19" multiple by $2.50 = $47.50 for the complete frame
introductory special: We shall give you
a yard of 8mm Habotai for every frame order (value $6.95) so that you'll
have material for your next masterpiece. Offer valid until April 30th.
As regular readers, everyone will know now that I've been trying to get
all my subscribers to switch to the email version of G&S NEWS. I understand
that some of our readers don't have the means or have yet to achieve a
comfort level with computers. For those still on the fence, the benefits
far out weight the tactile advantage of receiving real mail. Our special
sales, free giveaways and extended promotions have been the favorite reasons
for switching to email. Also, more regular announcements of new products
and the benefits of reading the newsletter in COLOUR off the web. The
regular announcements advantage was most pronounced during our big One
Day Sale last August. By being reminded, along with receiving sale prices
for the sale, 80% of those who took advantage of the sales were email
subscribers. So don't miss out on present and future promotions. Switch
to email and join the other 1100 readers.
new product info
pond hankie 11"x11"
These easy to paint silks are
perfect for the beginner who has trouble with resisting or the seasoned
painter who can appreciate the intricate designs that would takes hours
normally to draw and plan. It allows everyone to enjoy "painting"
the colours right away. You can use any of the following to paint with;
Setascrib Markers, Liquid Colours, Procion H, Pentel Watercolours or Pebeo
Soie Dyes. To see all our pre-resisted items (13 styles)
jones tones foil
After carrying the gold foil
for a few months, I came to the realization that there was a cold application
method. Just draw a design using a special fabric Plexi-glue (won't stiffen
fabrics), wait to dry, rub the foil on the glue and peel. The foil will
be transferred. The foils are now available in gold AND silver.
|$ 4.95 each
12" x 20" sheet
|$ 4.95 30mL Plexi-Glue
A simple 24" square canvas
stretcher plus 100 silk pins. This is a great value for those starting
to silk paint. It's also great for those limited in space for a large
frame or if you constantly work with smaller pieces of silk for framing.
$15.00 complete frame
To compliment the new pre-resisted
scarves, we've re-introduced these fabric markers. When applied to silk
they will react like a silk paint and bleed to aid in blending and applying.
They are the perfect size for the pre-resisted hankies and cards. Available
in 18 colours.
regular: yellow, orange,
red, magenta, purple, blue, sky, light green, green, grey, brown, black
orange, pink, blue, green, purple
| $ 3.95 each
| $59.95 set of 18 colours
To help you try this amazing
burn out chemical, we've changed our packaging to 4 oz (120mL) sizes
$ 9.95 each 120mL bottle
to our readers, all our sales are private exclusive deals for the readers
of G&S NEWS. So this month, we've got more great deals for you to act
1) 5mm pongee scarves 8"x63"
reg $3.85 now $2.95.
2) jacquard scarves 8"x54"
reg $7.50 now $4.95 36"x36" reg $20.00 now $13.50
3) pebeo setacolor Transparent,
Pearl and Opaque 250mL sizes are 10% off. Also, don't forget our every
day 5 jar price for 45mL sizes, $5.00 / each (reg $6.50 if purchasing
less than 5 jars at a time).
4) linen fabrics
light weight: reg $14.00/yd,
now $10.00/yd - white, cream, fuchsia, jade, yellow, marigold, turquoise
medium weight: reg $17.00/yd,
now $12.00/yd - yellow, orange, fuchsia, black lt. green
heavy weight: reg $16.00/yd
$ $12.00/yd - white & black All sales end April 30th
We have incredible news. Our G&S Dye web site
has undergone even more changes. As announced last time, we've changed
the site address to make it easier to remember and find. Our new web site
Along with our easy to navigate
menus and newly posted information sheets, "surfing" is now
a very enjoyable experience. We even have a calculator to help convert
Canadian Dollars to American Dollars for our American friends (Other countries
also are available). With the dollar getting cheaper and cheaper lately,
many of our products are now significantly cheaper than in the States.
The third and most exciting part of the site will be the addition of a
message board. Now everyone, customers and curious surfers can meet, converse
and exchange a slew of information and discuss on all topics of textile
design. Of course, questions can still be directly sent to me at email@example.com
The old email firstname.lastname@example.org
will still work but please change your address book to the above. For
those who still prefer the tactile feel of a paper catalogue, you
can even download your own copy to print. Our most recent posting
is our complete screen printing booklet
(over 20 pages).
This has been a great workshop
session. Our winter workshops were well attended and with a few hitting
their limits 4-6 weeks early. We are extending the season this year's
sessions a few more months into June. The following are the available
All classes are at our Markham
location * (pick up and drop off at a subway station can be arranged)
on Saturdays between 10-4. All materials are included. Prepayment is required
and we recommend enrolling at least a month in advance. Please check your
calendars before registering as there is NO CANCELLATION once registered.
Remember to bring a lunch and to wear comfortable shoes and clothing (be
prepared to get dirty).
Designates an extremely popular workshop. Registering early is recommended.
Dixon Chan - $35.00 + GST =
March 27, May 8th
A comprehensive introduction
to the art of silk painting. We shall introduce framing, dyes/paints used,
colour mixing, resist, watermarking, salting, colour blending and steam
Rita Lange - $65.00 + GST =
This course expands on perfecting
techniques in control and detail. Techniques covered are blending, watercolor
techniques, anti-spreading, thickeners, poly-chromatic printing, and visualization
skills. This hands on course will emphasize on techniques rather than
finishing a complete project.
for quilting *
Dixon Chan - $65.00 + GST =
A Hands on dyeing course for
quilters. Learn the proper use of dyes for all types of fabrics, washes,
blends, solid colours and gradations, to create one-of-a-kind patterns
marbling on fabrics
Dixon Chan - $50.00 + GST =
April 10 (changed from March
Marbling is an ancient printing
technique that has recently been revitalized as a unique and easy way
of decorating all sorts of fabric. A hands on opportunity to go through
different styles of marbling. We shall cover preparation, inks, equipment,
fabrics, paper and control.
& heat transfers
with Dixon Chan - $250.00 +
Private workshop for up to
3 students, please call for booking a date. We cover up to date processes
adopting multiple stencil making techniques, screens, exposing, preparation,
printing techniques, and photo copy transfers. We shall also provide information
on setting up your own printing shop for T-shirts or yardage. Bring photos,
images, objects or anything you would like to print.
G&S News - Spring '99