Discover silk painting and create colourful works inspired by the flowers and plants in the gardens and greenhouses.
The two day course offers the opportunity to explore the French technique of painting on silk with gutta gum as a resist for the design.We practise the steam fix method, where the dyes are translucent. All aspects of the painting and fixing will be covered enabling participants to continue at home.
The first day we practise, working towards finishing a chosen piece on the second day. The workshop begins with a demonstration to explain all the methods of the application of the dyes, salt and alcohol effects, and the layering of the dyes. You will learn the essential skills and experience the process which can be practised to make successful pieces .
The vibrant dyes are applied with brushes and water, which flow lightly on the silk. The dyes mix well together, and the effect is immediate and very exciting!
It is suitable for all levels, and everyone will make stunning pieces in the workshop.
The class begins with a hanky size silk, 30 cms X 30 cms, and we progress to cushion size frames.46 cms X 46 cms
Frames, equipment, dyes, gutta included.
Sample silk provided but after initial silk, habutai silk must be bought at £12 per metre (1 metre will be enough per person).
Bring your own watercolour brushes if possible. Protective apron suggested. Pre thought images and ideas can be helpful and we have the option of drawing from the wondrous surroundings.
LEVEL: SUITABLE FOR ALL
A subject focused course that is delivered to suit any level of experience from beginner to advanced practitioner. A structured start is followed by guided independent practise.
No previous knowledge is needed, just the ability to relax and enjoy! It is above all very rewarding and stimulating to paint on silk and observe the stages of the pieces created. It is addictive and totally absorbing. Enthusiasm and interest are the only requirements!
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR:
Hilary Simon worked as a TV costume designer for many years, while also an artist and silk painting tutor. She has taught extensively in the U.K, Mexico, Guatemala and the USA. Her designs have been produced for greeting cards, book covers and gift wrap and she has participated in solo and mixed exhibitions. Due to her passion in textiles, her career evolved as a curator of Latin American textiles, having spent much time in Mexico, Peru and Guatemala.
Hilary curated ‘Made in Mexico‘ an exhibition about the Mexican Rebozo, for Fashion and Textile Museum, London in 2014.
And also ‘Weavers of the Clouds’ Peruvian Costume at Fashion and Textile Museum 2019