Ever since I got back from Ellen Baker's silk painting workshop on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, I have been obsessed with painting silk and using them in felted garments. And although I did not have the time to also take Fiona Duthie's complex garment workshop which used the painted silks, I was just blown away and totally inspired by the gorgeous felted garments in their Color Collaborations exhibit which was located in the same hall as our silk painting class.
I arrived home just days before countries started closing their borders and stay at home orders issued. During this pandemic, I have had the time to create in my studio even more than usual. With the extra time and Fiona's motivation from her on-line challenge (mums the word on what I made for the challenge but you will see it in a few months when the photos are published) and her direction to push and stretch ourselves artistically, I have been teaching myself how to make complex garments using multiple resists. I have also been figuring out ways to make closures by using things like snaps and grommets.
|I am loving painting silk using the method I learned from Ellen Bakker.|
|This garment took a lot of engineering and design effort including color placement for both the wool roving and silk fabric. I first made a drawing of the front and back of the garment and then made multiple resists allowing for 35% shrinkage.|
|I made felted beads and buttons from 4 layers of roving.|