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.
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.
I am currently very busy painting silks for two festivals. The first one will be in April in Terra Haute, IN, and the second event in May in Newburgh, IN. Scarves and silk are everywhere. The photo shows some that I am preparing for steaming. Three batches went into the steamer today.
It is the middle of June, hard to believe. And when I look at my last post I realize I dropped the ball. The silk painting sessions with Bobby VanZant have been a hit. The scarves that were painted were stunning and I do hope each participant is enjoying their creations at this point.
I can not emphasize enough how enriching the process of fixating the scarves after they have been painted is for me. When I come home, take each scarf off the frame and get to handle one by one with time to look at each one separately a smile appears on my face, a satisfying warmth flows thru me and excitement about bringing the finished beautiful scarf to its creator brings pure joy.
With that, I need to say thank you to each and every one who has taken and the leap and painted scarves with me, for you have brought and are bringing more joy to me then you can ever imagine. I am looking forward to the next group.
But first a few photos of the sessions at Bobby VanZant who herself is an artist and teacher.
The first two Saturdays of May are fully booked with silk painting sessions at Bobby VanZant’s artist studio in Henderson, KY. She is a wonderful artist, who is teaching children about the arts, different artists,and all kinds of techniques throughout the year. If you would like more information from her about upcoming art camps this summer or her art lessons throughout the school year you can contact her through her email firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Point Health Center will be another place were I will spend some time silk painting with the seniors. This time we will paint smaller squares to be sewn onto bags. This is always a very rewarding time. I am really looking forward to it.
And just brand new, off the phone with Barb Grossman in Pittsburgh, on Saturday afternoon, August 23, I will be teaching a silk painting class, creating long scarves at her brand new “Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival”. I am very excited to see friends and spend time reconnecting while having fun creating some beautiful scarves with everybody. If you would like more information about this festival go to http://www.pghcreativearts.com. Barb is also the founder of the “Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival”. Hope to see some of you at the Creative Arts Festival.