good-silk

I’ve been basking in silk here. The weather has turned here with crisp, chilly mornings that warm up to perfect afternoons!  And this silk that I’m working with just seems to be reflecting the glory of this autumn weather.

Thanks Janice Paine Dawes for sharing your great local Arkansas find with me! The silk scarf is silk habotai, but the rest is a much improved grade of silk than I’ve ever used. It has more weight to it and it drapes luxuriously.

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Silk Habotai Scarf
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Detail of Silk Habotai Scarf

I’m not sure of the details of the rest of the silk is – maybe Jan will tell us.  But it’s great to work with.  I have to say, though, that the pictures don’t quite show how gorgeous they really are.

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Silk Piece
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Silk Piece Detail
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Silk Panel
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Detail Silk Panel

They’re all mordanted with alum acetate, cream of tarter and calcium carbonate, then rolled om an iron blanket using Ferrous Sulphate and steamed for two hours.Leaf prep varied from fresh to iron or chalk soaked.

Linking up with Off The Wall Friday!

 

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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