On consistency, quality control, and stock photos

I’ve seen some pretty terrible things lately in the silk veil market. I’m not just talking about mass produced cheap stuff from developing countries, but also some pretty bleh things from within the cottage industry.

Of course hand-dyed silks are each a little different, with small inconsistencies. This doesn’t give me license to send out sloppy work and then whine that I’m an artEEst. I give detailed attention to each item that leaves my workshop. Order from me, and you will not receive something that looks like it was used for paintball target practice.

I do use stock photos for my ombr√© gradients, but I don’t cherry pick the best ones for photos and then send out lesser items.

badveilCheck out the veil on the right: It has pale, underdyed areas. Blotches. Harsh transitions. The veil on the right is, by my standards, a big NOPE. Especially if I’ve used the veil on the left as advertisement. No, I didn’t ruin a veil just to make a point. The veil on the right is just unfinished, after the first round of vat dyeing. Numerous more dips are required to blend away harsh boundaries, melt away¬†blotches, fill in pale, washed out areas.

If I think a veil is finished, and later see that it isn’t, it goes back to the basement for more dyeing. Or maybe I have to start over. Right now I have a stack of gold/black and silver/black gradients that I thought were finished, but after they dried, I see I didn’t get the black edges black enough. Black is difficult. But when I say something is true black, it has to be so.

I make beautiful veils, and I confidently stand by my work with an open return policy.