It is finished. This project taught me a lot of patience and gave me new insight about light/ shadows, blurred and harsh lines and much much more. Next week it will be steamed and mounted on a frame. Thank you Karen Sistek for getting me involved in this project.


This is my latest adventure. An online project named “Cascade” with Master Silk Painter Karen Sistek (Seattle). It is slow going but I am learning a lot. The photo was taken by “Denise Erickson”. Working out the shadows, the lines, the coloring – so much fun.



From a photo, to a sketch, onto silk.  My idea, my vision – finished painting, on to steaming next week. This will be one of my scarves I am selling at the Wine and Arts Festival.

My new project, I cannot wait! The inspiration came from Karen Sistek, an incredible Master Silk Painter in Seattle.  I took a photo during a stay in Indianapolis in the summer of 2013 of giant  Hibiscus plants. I selected, I cropped, I copied it on regular paper and found a great printing buisness in Libertyville where they enlarged it for me. This coming week I will reproduce it onto silk using spray starch, dyes, and vodka. I’ll keep you updated.

Shibori, the art of folding,wrapping, and/or stitching silk before dying. I have been playing around with all the different ways I could think of. These results stood out to me. I love the kaleidoscope that came out of the folded silk flower. The triangle went from squares on one end to circles on the other end. The photo does not do it justice.