About my Art Work
‘Scenic Silks’ was originally chosen as a descriptive name for my batik pictures that were created on silk scarves, ties and for framed pieces . Batik is a process of alternatively applying hot wax and painting with dye. My art work has developed and changed over 20 years, but it felt right to keep the Scenic Silks name.
I am passionate about colour and its application on silk and paper. On paper, I create mixed media pictures using batik and soft pastels. I’ve also started working solely in soft pastels on paper with a watercolour ground. I’ll be adding a gallery of my art work in winter 2018. Meanwhile read on for more information about my products.
Hand Painted Scarves
Each of my scarves is unique, being hand painted using either batik or shibori techniques. I draw with hot wax on lightweight crêpe de chine scarves. The wax runs through a pen-like tool known as a tjanting. These fine lines set immediately. creating a resist for the paints that are applied inside and outside the lines. The paints are steam-fix, so the next part of the process involves several hours of steaming in a special container. All the wax is steamed out during this time, and the scarves become colourfast.
I use a method of pole winding and direct dyeing with the same paints, to create intricate patterns on Thai silk scarves. Thai silk is a raw, unprocessed yarn that has many irregularities giving it an organic, slubby look. It has a wonderful sheen and is as warm as crêpe de chine, yet cool in summer.
I do custom orders for these scarves, so if you don’t see the colours you are looking for in the shop, please contact me and I will paint in your chosen colours.
Hand Printed Ties
My hand printed ties use mixed media for a layered effect.. Each of my ties is unique, being hand coloured and printed for a multi-layered effect. Acrylic fabric paint is applied over a transferred or coloured fabric crayon background. The ties are colourfast and can be wiped over to clean, and steam-ironed. I work on crepe de chine or crepe satin ‘classic’ style ties measuring 140 x 10 cms.
I do custom orders for these ties, so if you don’t see what you are looking for in the shop, please contact me and I will paint in your chosen colours and type of fabric.