Artist Profile: Sharon Gellerman

Artist Sharon Gellerman of Color Vibe Designs makes stunning accessories in her studio. She presents her collection and talks about starting a small business.


Scarves by Color Vibe Designs


ABI:  How did you get your start as an artist?

SG:  I began my life as an artist serendipitously when I saw a scarf in a boutique. This was when I first arrived in the U.S. and the scarf captured my heart, but it was beyond my budget. I left the shop that day empty-handed. Of course, the scarf had mesmerized me and the next day I found myself returning to the store to purchase it.


Model with Color Vibe Designs scarf


At that time, I was selling merchandise for other artists and on a whim, I decided to contact the maker of the scarf. Her name was Zohara. She agreed to let me sell her scarves. Soon thereafter, she asked me if I would like to learn the craft and assist her in making the scarves. With Zohara as my mentor, I learned all about the classical art form of marbling on silk. I immediately fell in love with the entire process, for me it is very meditative and expressive. I began experimenting with different dyes, colors and techniques.


"Sunshine and Roses" scarf by Color Vibe Design


As I became more skilled, I developed my own style and design. It was a natural transition to create my own scarves. In the beginning, I was happily surprised as the scarves sold quickly. I decided it was time to venture out on my own.


Designer Sharon Gellerman

Designer Sharon Gellerman


ABI:  In your collection, you make women’s tallits. How important is this to your business?

SG:  As an artist, my life, spirituality and business are all intertwined. One does not separate from the other. My spiritual life is very, very important to me. Because of this, the making of a tallit is a natural extension of my reverence and devotion.


Close up on Color Vibe Design Scarf


Each tallit is constructed in a specific manner to symbolize a particular element in the Jewish tradition. When making a tallit, I absorb myself in the process. Each knot is tied with a prayer. To make a tallit is an honor– I create each with an open heart and giving spirit.


Scarf by Color Vibe Designs


ABI:  Are you working with any new techniques or materials?

SG:  I am always changing and experimenting. In a way, each scarf represents these subtle modifications. At the moment, I am fascinated with silk modal, which is more of a gradation and shifting of color. I love the way the color flows vividly across the silk.


Model with Color Vibe Design scarf


ABI:  Where do you envision your business in the next few years? 

SG:  I am very motivated and inspired by this work. I feel the business is just beginning and I have a lot of intensity to offer and always there is more to learn. I view art as expression and as I continue to grow as an artist and a person, I expect my work and business to reflect that passion.


Color Vibe Scarf detail shot


I see my scarves in galleries, juried shows and on magazine covers. Above all, my intention is that each person who wears one of my products feels joy wearing it. It is the individual who wears my scarf that is uppermost in my mind when I am creating.


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  1. I work in Paperclay which is a Japanese type of clay. It is very forgiving and can be sculpted, sanded, drilled, painted and decorated in numerous ways. I work with dental tools and Dremel tools and other tools to achieve the intricate look I want. I do faces of culturally interesting people; Indians; religious figures; tribal decorated figures and many other types of colorful, interesting characters. I create the faces from many different sources and resources and in many cases do extensive research to make each face and costume as accurate as possible.. Other times I create a figure from my imagination.
    They all come to life and I usually have to part with them as soon as someone sees them and the work speaks to them in some way. I am also a floral designer, so I use many plant and flower materials in my work. For as long as I can remember I have gathered seeds, pods,stones, feathers and items from nature and used them in my work.

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