The dye colors blend and flow as the brush touches the Silk.
Weft and warp drink the dye, thirsty for more. Water spray follows the flow of dye in a gentle stream down the trellis of fibers. The artist waits, watches as the scarf's edges contain the flow. The dye has a creative life of its own. I can only give it direction then back away...
I remember it is not the breaths we take in life that matter, but the moments that take our breath away that count. My breath is halted as the dye itself finishes its job. The dry scarf waits as I wrap it in clean paper preparing for the steam process that puts luster on the fabric's hand. Luster that shines from the depth of the Parisian dye itself...
Yes, Paris is the home of the dye I use. It was when I was 14 years old that my Mom, upon return from a second honeymoon trip to Europe handed me a Silk scarf from Paris. I was delighted with it! But it wasn't until I discovered Silk painting for myself that I realized this Parisian scene of a black cat ambling across the scarf's corner was hand painted. I analyzed the lines of resist delineating cat and paving stones. This is what I wanted to do!
Poetic as this description is, if you wrap yourself in imaginative creativity it's pretty realistic. Whether Salt Dye, Overdye, Serti or an untried technique, give me a blank canvas of Silk and I can't wait to get out of the starting gate- or maybe after a snack to give me the blood sugar to go the distance. What makes an artist tick? Seems I can't remain in the left brain for long.
Silk fabric is like no other canvas.
My creative mind is not magic. 25 years has taught me to go with the flow, remembering that creativity can be learned, can be practiced. Even though I was born with a creative spark I can come up as blank as the Silk is white. But it is like riding a bicycle, as I take brush in my hand, dip into the dye, approach the Silk and go for it. The new bike was wobbly as I gained balance enough to steer straight, progressing to curves in a serpentine. Relaxing into the movement of dye on Silk the creative process begins...
As the years have gone by, you are a key to this art. Your critique has been my ongoing inspiration. After all, a girl can only paint so many scarves for herself! Nothing inside me alone can create art. Art needs outside input and that is your job. We are creative partners. I'll bet you didn't realize that!
I thank you for every inspiration you have given me...
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Beautiful - Washable - Wearable - Art on Silk!
The finished Silk is very durable and easy to clean- all pieces are machine washable using a few drops of mild soap such as Ivory Liquid dish soap-(no WoolLite). Immediately after machine washing, remove and tumble dry on low. When traveling with your wearable Silk art, wrinkles can be smoothed by simply spraying with water or hanging in bathroom when you take your shower.
2016 Tentative Schedule:
Rags Wearable Art Sale Tacoma, Wa. March
Ketchum Arts Festival Ketchum, Idaho- July
Art in the Park Boise, Idaho- Sept.
__________________________________ Artist's in Action Puyallup Fair, Wa. September ________________________________________
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