This is a one of a kind silk scarf. I am a big fan of natural people study sketches, and a tally spent a number of years with pad and pencil sketching the botanical in front of me. Hand painted poppies of a deep scarlet/orange on a field of Smokey purple gray, with a deeper purple border. This is painted on crepe silk, which is soft and even packs well for travel. The resist is black and permanently incorporated in the pattern, and fused to the silk.
I paint poppies because they are beautiful, and they are a symbol of remembered each. Perhaps I was influenced by the WWI poem “the field of Flanders” memorializing the war dead of that age.
The process: white silk is layer flat on top of my drawing, gutta resist is applied , copying the drawing lines onto the silk. The silk is stretched on a frame, and specific fiber paint is applied. When dry the silk is rolled in newspaper and steamed for an hour to set the color and heat fuse the gutta resist. The scarf is then washed and ironed, and ready to wear.