I just love my artistic opportunities. I love dying silk, and while I have a pattern in mind, I love the free flowing surprises when i unwrap the dyed silk to reveal the actual final images. “Its like Christmas Day opening every piece of silk” is what my hubby always says when he watches me open them up. The surprise of how the dye colors flowed together, and how they blended or broke on the silk, creating the pattern, the inclusive images, the fun.
The other evening I took my white manequine out to the back yard, and used the neighbor’s weathered stockade fence as a backdrop for photographing the silk. The sun was at a low angle light, and the spot i chose was shade. Silk is a challenge to photograph because light likes to dance on the surface. So conditions have to be ideal… sunny with the opportunity to take photos in the shade, or a nice overcast day.
Here are more of the photos of the silk i just completed. They will be going with me to Hessler Street Fair this Saturday.
Mild and subdued for my color palate, this one i call the sandflower… mottled light browns and oranges give way to subtle flowers of a light chartreause and blue gray.
And this one was a bold bright color palate that I call the Watermelon Storm… Watermelon because of the deep pink red dominant color, blended with blues, chartreuse and an orange salmon. It is called the storm because this is a traditional Japanese pattern of diagonal stripes, formed by the way the silk was bound. The stripes are traditionally done in shades of blue and white to emulate the waves of the angry sea.
And this scarf uses the same color palate, but was bound in forms to create floral patterns.
And finally a scarf with large blue and green floral forms that is highlighted with gold metallic resist. The resist is painted on to the dyed silk and then needs to be fused to the silk through a heating process. The metallic resist adds a pop of shine, emphasizing areas of the silk where the dye pattern was to be emphasized: