Ways to style with my silk scarf and brooch sets

Each scarf is hand painted using steam fixed French dyes for silk. The brooches contain an original painting in miniature. For these I stretch the silk and use soft brushes with iron fixed paints for silk (these behave like the true dyes) on pure Habutai silk. The assembled brooch is sealed with a UV, stain resistant finish.  Should anything spill on the brooch, it can just be blotted off.

This is my own concept and I developed the method of using a badge making machine to make a silk brooch that is both professional and long lasting. The painted images are sometimes abstract, sometimes more realistic and only occasionally use gutta, wax or other resist. I prefer a watercolour technique so each work is an unpredictable, unique artwork. This technique gives paintings suggestive of Tasmania’s landscapes with its mists and softly diffused colours. Indeed the technique is possible to achieve because of our climate here in Tasmania. Silk dyes in a hot atmosphere will dry too quickly and form more hard edges.  So these truly represent my Tasmania.

The following images show some of the diversity of ways the brooch/scarf combination can be worn. In addition to the freedom in styling (I am sure you will find more), the scarf, when pinned, will not blow away and it will sit neatly draped in place all day.IMG_0077 IMG_0081 IMG_0083 IMG_0075 IMG_0080 IMG_0092 IMG_0076

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More silk pendants

Handpainted… of course. Miniature, semi-abstracted landscapes, painted on silk then mounted into various jewellery settings. These ones have arrived at the gallery which ordered them. I do hope they sell well for them.

miniature art, handpainted silk in jewellery settings

miniature art, handpainted silk in jewellery settings

Gunnedah to post 1 Gunnedah to post 2

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Original silk miniatures… handpainted… bracelets

These small silk paintings painted in my preferred watercolour technique are mounted onto silver trays in bracelets. Instead of a glass cabachon to cover, or the open silk with UV and stain resist treatment, these are covered with resin. (one is photographed upside down …. sorry… does not really matter except for the inverted bird). The image must balance whichever way it is viewed when being worn as a bracelet. Adjustable. $33 each.

Silk painting miniatures. original paintings in an adjustable bracelet

Silk painting miniatures. original paintings in an adjustable bracelet

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Watercolour silk handpainted pendants

I posted this image today on my main blog but thought I would put here too… after all they are silk paintings. These will be available for purchase at 4 Corrners Picture Framing in Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Silk painting, original watercolour on silk pendant. Made to order. $40AUD includes postage

Silk painting, original watercolour on silk pendant. Made to order. $40AUD includes postage

I can do one especially for you in colours you choose. $40 AUD includes the original silk miniature painting in watercolour style, mounted in a silver tray (50x25mm) with silver snake chain. I will cover cost of postage

 

Trade enquiries welcome (wholesalers discount if purchased for resale)

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Art2Wear from the catwalk

SOLD

SOLD

 

purple shawl with ring scarf clip… HANDPAINTED

 

Here are a couple of photos of the gorgeous models displaying my silk works so well . It was a fantastic night… my first venture into such an event. I was back stage (or should I say back catwalk) helping the models get ready with my outfits so did not get to see my own creations. A lovely friend took these photos for me.

And some of the items which sold….. along with two silk shawls and their matching brooches.

SOLD

SOLD

 

SOLD

SOLD

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Wearable Art …. Burnie Shines 2013

These works will be on display in Burnie next Thursday evening. I started to do weird, really creative things … because there are other artists exhibiting who do such amazing stuff. But I got frustrated and thought… “no. this is not what I am about”. My love with fabric is fairly conservative… I like simple things worn with flair. Silk is elegant and makes me feel like I am dancing even though physically I cannot. It is a fabric with spirit. It moves with the slightest breeze. Silk is lustrous and can be coloured oh so beautifully. so here is my collection of simple elegance. All accessories shown (pendants and pins) are also original silk paintings. Hats crocheted from synthetic yarns.IMG_4318 IMG_4319 IMG_4322 IMG_4323 IMG_4325 2 IMG_4326 IMG_4327 IMG_4328 IMG_4329 IMG_4306 IMG_4308 IMG_4309 IMG_4312 IMG_4313 IMG_4314 IMG_4316 IMG_4317

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Silk on Glass…. plate with sea image

My first go at adding a silk painting to a glass plate. The sea painting was done with steam fixed dyes using wax resist to retain the white on the waves. I was not completely happy with it and it has sat among my “not sure” works for some years. Over the past few months I have been impressed with fellow silk painters silk paintings on glass. (through SPIN especially Sharon Shankland)…. I just had to have a go. Sitting this painting under the glass it looked OK so that was it. No need to wait until I did another silk work. I bought some polyurethane, cleaned the plate thoroughly, applied a good coat of varnish to the back then pressed the silk work onto the varnish. After smoothing the work to remove air bubbles, it was dried then the edges trimmed. A second coat of varnish and now I will sand it and apply a third coat. I love the translucency of the item. I paint on glass which I kiln fire but I do love this method of decorating glass too….. and of course it is another reason to keep indulging in my enthusiasm for painting on silk.  Stretched on gallery wrap stretchers, framed behind glass, put into cards, brooches, pendants, ear-rings, bags, scarves, shawls, applique, flags, cushions, fashion, lampshades, bags…… now glass items. How versatile is silk painting!!!silk on glass beach

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