Several years ago the Net Loft on Granville Island showcased the work of Island artists with a fashion event called Island Vogue. Silk artist Heide Otto and I collaborated to create these outfits for the show.

Special projects like this are always a challenge as it pushes artists out of their ‘comfort zones’ into a new level of creative thinking and skill-testing.

We had a lot of fun with the process, and loved the results, especially seeing our designs get ‘worked’ by live models/dancers.

Outfit #1 – Tropical Seas

  • flowing dress in hand-painted silk with shibori texture 
  • colours of emerald, royal blue and turquoise 
  • coordinating sunhat & silk jewelry 

  Outfit #2 – WestCoast Seaside

  • flapper dress in handpainted silk with seashell motif 
  • colours of light blue and sandy beige 
  • adorned with silk seaweed and kelp 
  • coordinating sunhat 

 Dresses and jewelry by Heide Otto    / Hats by Shari Reid

 About the Artists:

Heide Otto was born in Europe and moved to Vancouver in 1963.  Through her studies abroad and locally she has enjoyed great success as a multi-media fibre artist.
For the past 18 years, Heide has been focusing her attention on silk painting and developing her own style and techniques which favour strong, bright colours.   Her work has been shown in juried craft shows in Victoria, Whistler, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver – including the Granville Island Public Market. Her work has been appreciated and purchased by visitors from all over the world.
 
Shari Reid was born in Ladner, BC, and has been designing and hand-crafting original hats in her home studio since 1993. In addition to selling at Granville Island Public Market, her collection is also sold at juried art markets such as Circle Craft Christmas Market (Vancouver, BC) and the Filberg Festival (Comox, BC). Shari studied Fashion Design with a major in Textiles at the University of the Fraser Valley.
 
Heide and Shari have enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate on these light-hearted and imaginative fashions.