On a vacation to Charleston, SC around 2012, I encountered silk painting for the first time. In the visitor’s center, there is a huge painting of an aerial view of the Charleston harbor. It is in 4 sections and my first reaction on seeing it was “What on earth is that?”. I could tell it was fabric and as I got closer and read the label, I realized it was painted on silk. I was blown away…I did not know you could do that. I knew then I wanted to see if silk painting was an art medium/outlet that would capture my interest. Thank you, Mary Edna Frasier, the fabulous silk artist for setting me on the path from ‘not an artist’ to ‘being an artist’.
Coming to the silk painting world through the quilting world and years of sewing my own clothes, the love of fabric was a given. Starting by googling Mary Edna Frasier and silk painting teachers, my fascination began. From the first moment my brush filled with silk dye touch a piece of stretched silk, I was hooked.
What a huge learning curve! I had no art training….until I discovered silk painting. Color was a struggle and a mystery. I started taking every online class I could find about silk painting. My library grew to include an extensive collection of silk painting books. I knew that hands-on teachers were a necessity so I started traveling to take classes in search of mentors.
I ordered my first set of Jacquard Green Label silk dyes and some small silk scarves in the Fall of 2013…..the rest is history.
More of the story will show up in my blog as I delve into the stories behind my silk paintings, the lives of other silk artists, silk history, and how silk as an art form has evolved.
Curious? Want to try silk painting?
(If you are interested in playing with silk, email me for a list of classes, books, resources for supplies, and teachers.)