|2010 Koi Silk Pillow|
I began working with silk dyeing in 2007 in order to create bellydance veils for myself and my troupe, Sulukule in Athens, GA. I took a single class on vat dyeing silk and was hooked.
I began to experiment almost immediately with technique, color combination, fabric choice, and dye set methods. I am self taught in silk painting, but I learned early that silk is an unforgiving art form. Patience and attention to detail are necessary when working with silk, as is the ability to work extremely quickly. Once the dye dries, your work is permanent, or may as well be. It makes for a sometimes frantic but always exciting work experience.
|Photo by Mark Cuddihee 2010|
An unforgiving art form, yes, but extremely satisfying.
Most of my current work is done using a combination of brush painting and serti technique. I stretch silks on a wooden frame and use a water based resist to block out areas of fabric that will be painted a different color (such as the koi fish above) than the background. I then use a variety of painting techniques, as well as water, salt, and alcohol to achieve the desired results.
I have recently begun to experiment with diluted resists, metallic resists, and stop flow techniques to allow me to paint over background colors and achieve sharp print-like results. The combination of techniques is allowing me to create fabulous one of a kind silk paintings that are also affordable artwork for your home and body.
|Hibiscus Detail on Scarf|
I draw inspiration for silk paintings from many different sources. I am currently working on a series of abstract pieces that showcase dancers and trees, using vibrant colors and bold lines to explore and express the emotions that I feel when I dance.
|Water Lilies Silk Veil 2008|
|Owl 2009 Custom Silk Wall Hanging|
I am constantly creating new silks, learning new techniques, and having a fabulous time dying my fingers all sorts of fascinating colors. If you would like to commission custom silk paintings or other wearable art work, please feel free to contact me.
To view a listing of pieces that I have currently for sale, visit my Etsy store.
|2011 Silk Semi-circle Veil|
Would you like to try silk painting or dancing with silk veils? I am available for instruction and parties in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia, SC and could probably be convinced to travel farther if you ask nicely and provide some gas money to get me there and back. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and rates.
|Fan Dancer 2011 Silk Painting|