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Silk scarves, night lights, pillows, lampshades and greetingless cards and acrylic on canvas paintings.
Where do I send my check?Jan Gipple
4002 Welker Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
Is your work screen-printed?No. Each piece is drawn and/or painted one-at-a-time.
Is your work batik?Rarely. Typically fabric is drawn with resists or is brush painted using high quality dyes. Sometimes I use bees wax to create a pattern. If so it will be indicated in the write-up next to the photograph.
Is the work signed by the artist?Yes. In nearly all cases it is, unless the type of fabric or structure of the piece prevents it.
Acrylic Paintings on Canvas/ Collage and Painting on CanvasPlease contact me about the price of shipping of my paintings to you. The unframed painting or collage will be well packed for protection in transit. If you are not satisfied with the piece you must return it within ten days upon your receipt. Contact me to let me know you are returning the painting.
How can I contact you?Please e-mail me.
Are scarves worn in warm weather?Yes, particularly chiffon. Chiffon scarves and wraps are beautifully alluring on a summer evening and feel fantastic when a breeze kicks up on ship or shore.
What are appropriate occasions for giving a silk scarf?Secular and religious holidays, Mother's Day, graduation, or any time a special woman in your life is celebrating a special event. A unique scarf is a wonderful gift for wedding party members, as an heirloom, or as a present for a friend who is ill. Allow 6 - 8 weeks for Hanukah, Christmas and Mother's Day delivery.
How do I know what size scarf is right for me?There are no rules, but the following suggestions might apply. Generally, the larger woman may want a 15”x72” (38x182 cm) scarf so that when the scarf is worn without tying it will look in proportion with her body type. The 8”x54”(20x91cm) rectangle is fine for a petite woman or someone who wants to wrap or tie the scarf around the neck. The 12”(30x152 cm) or 15”x60” (38x152cm) is a great mid-range size. Please note sizes are approximate.
Can I have a silk scarf framed?Yes. Several of my clientele have framed their scarves. Make sure your local expert framer has experience in framing silk. Hang it in an area that does not receive direct sunlight. Protect it with u.v. glass.
Can I hand wash silk scarves?Because the scarves are works of art, please carefully follow this process in washing: Wash in cold water with a mild soap. Do not wring or twist and do not let the scarf soak. After rinsing in cold water you may wish to use a fabric softener to control static. Add the fabric softener to clean, cold water and agitate it before you immerse the scarf. Roll the scarf (like a jelly roll) in an old towel. Iron dry on the backside.
How do you know what color and color trends to follow?Color is my first love. I work with a classic color palette and “tweak” colors to be similar to seasonal trends. I research the pre-eminent color professional groups’ predictions and use the hues that seem to resonate with my own instincts. Nature's ever-changing palette is also an inspiration.
How do I know your colors will match my wardrobe?You can wear my wearable-art scarves with black or white and many pure hues.
How do you paint silk?The technique I use is a watercolor technique. Silk dyes are brush painted on the silk fabric and colors flow together and create different hues. The scarves must be wrapped in several layers of newsprint and then steamed in a professional container to make them color fast -- the result is exceptionally vibrant, shimmering color.

There are techniques where “resists” are used which can help the artist achieve hard edges and very specific images. Resists create boundaries which contain the silk dye as it is applied to the fabric.
Can you create custom scarves?I no longer take custom requests. My best work is self-originated. Thanks to all of you who have ordered custom work in the past.
What kinds of fabric do you use?Burn-out velvet is a pile fabric. In painting, I use 80% rayon/20% silk goods where some of the rayon has been etched away to create sheer areas and beautiful designs. The painted effect is lustrous and shimmering and creates a stunning accessory.
Charmeuse has a smooth, lustrous face and is dull on the wrong side. It drapes beautifully. I usually work on 16 momme charmeuse. Momme is a unit of silk weight. The greater the momme, the heavier the silk.

Chiffon is also a plain weave, made of twisted yarns. Silk chiffon is sheer and does not have a luster. I use 8 momme.

Crepe is made of twisted yarns and has a low luster. It drapes beautifully. I typically use 10 - 14 momme.

Habotai is a plain weave fabric which has a beautiful luster. It is fairly light weight. I typically use 8 - 10 mm (momme, see below).
Refunds / ExchangesIf you open the package and are not satisfied with your purchase, repack it in the same condition it was in when I shipped it to you. You may exchange it or get a full refund. Simply email me within seven days of your receipt of the item, indicating why you are returning it, whether you want a refund or an exchange and, if an exchange, your instructions concerning the replacement. You pay for return shipping.
ShippingShipping for SCARVES ONLY is free anywhere in the U.S.A on orders up to 6. Shipping charges on lighting, pillows, acrylic on canvas paintings and other items will be quoted. If your purchase will be shipped outside the U.S, please contact me for shipping costs.


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