I am captivated by silk as an art textile because of its unique characteristics and ability to create subtle colour transitions and stunning effects. In my silk art, I employ a range of techniques including wet on wet, wax batik resist, sizing, gutta resists, and dry layering alongside the effects of salt, alcohol, and diluants.
I use steam fix dyes or iron fix paints along with eco-dyes. Many of the eco dyes are from flowers, roots, and leaves found in my garden.
I use various weights and types of silk ranging from Habotai 8 to Ponge 5 and chiffon. I also enjoy creating unique necklaces and earrings using Shibori silk ribbons, beads and my own wirework.
Many of my silk scarves are made using the techniques above using frames. Some are loose acid dyed or reactive dyed and discharged then finished with the addition of a Japanese Shibori semi permanent method of folding and wrapping.